Doug Emhoff, the future second gentleman and husband of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, will serve as a “visitor emeritus of practice” at the Georgetown University Law Center and a fellow emeritus of the Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law and Policy beginning in January 2021 , according to a spokesperson for the Biden-Harris transition.
Law students will be able to register for Emhoff’s two-credit course coming this spring semester on Entertainment Law Disputes. The new first lady, Dr. Jill Biden, has also planned to teach when she arrives at the White House next year.
“I have long wanted to teach and serve the next generation of young lawyers,” Emhoff said in a statement. “I couldn’t be more excited to join the Georgetown community.”
During his nearly 30-year career, Emhoff has focused on litigation with a focus on media, entertainment and intellectual property. Since Harris joined the Democratic ticket in August, Emhoff has been on leave from the law firm DLA Piper, where he is a partner. The campaign announced days after the election that Emhoff would sever all ties with DLA Piper before Inauguration Day.
“I am thrilled to have Douglas Emhoff join our faculty,” Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor said in a statement. “Doug is one of the nation’s leading intellectual property and business litigators, and he has a strong commitment to social justice. I know our students will benefit greatly from his experience and insight, and I look forward to his arrival.”
Emhoff’s new role, however, will be separate from his official role as second gentleman, according to the transition manager. As Emhoff continues to work with the Biden-Harris transition team to develop the portfolio he plans to focus on during the next administration, he offered some clues as to what issues he would like to focus on when he will become the first man to be married. to a vice president.
During the election campaign, Emhoff said he wanted to work on issues involving access to justice. During a recent stop with Harris at the DC Central Kitchen over the Thanksgiving holiday, Emhoff told reporters that food insecurity would be one of his main issues while serving as second gentleman.