Jolynn C Dellinger

Senior Lecturing Fellow of Law

Jolynn Dellinger is the Stephen and Janet Bear Visiting Lecturer and a Kenan Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, where she teaches privacy and ethics and does work in the area of ethical tech. In addition to teaching Privacy Law and Policy at Duke Law as a Senior Lecturing Fellow, Dellinger is an Adjunct Professor at UNC School of Law, a member of the Board of Directors for the Triangle Privacy Research Hub, and a member of the Future of Privacy Forum Advisory Board. She also recently served as Special Counsel for Privacy Policy and Litigation for the North Carolina Department of Justice.

From 2007-2013, Dellinger worked as the founding program manager for Data Privacy Day, a globally recognized event designed to raise awareness about privacy and create mechanisms for dialogue, collaboration and privacy solutions among nonprofits, academics, businesses and government entities. She has worked as a privacy lawyer at Intel Corporation, at The Privacy Projects, and at the National Cyber Security Alliance.

Prior to working for Intel, Dellinger worked as a staff attorney for Judge W. Earl Britt in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina (1998-2007), as a Bristow Fellow in the Solicitor General’s Office in the U.S. Department of Justice (1994-95), and as a clerk for Judge Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr. in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (1993-94). She has also practiced at law firms in Washington, D.C. and North Carolina, and taught Family Law at Duke Law School and Legal Writing at UNC School of Law. Dellinger received her BA in English from Columbia University (’89) where she also focused on Religion and Women’s Studies.  She received her JD from Duke Law School (‘93), where she graduated Order of the Coif and was an editor on the Duke Law Journal, and her MA in Humanities/Women’s Studies from Duke University (’93).

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Senior Lecturing Fellow of Law
  • Senior Lecturing Fellow in the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
  • Senior Fellow in the Kenan Institute for Ethics

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 1015 Law School, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 613-7000
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  • J.D. Duke University, 1993

Courses Taught

  • BIOETHIC 590S: Special Topics in Bioethics
  • BIOETHIC 591: Topics in Science Policy
  • BIOETHIC 700: Research Independent Study in Bioethics and Science Policy
  • ETHICS 89S: Special Topic: First-Year Seminar in Ethics
  • ETHICS 590S: Special Topics in Ethics
  • ETHICS 893: Research Independent Study
  • LAW 331: Introduction to Privacy Law and Policy
  • LAW 611: Readings
  • LAW 764: Privacy in a Post-Dobbs World: Sex, Contraception, Abortion and Surveillance
  • PUBPOL 89S: First-Year Seminar
  • PUBPOL 590S: Advanced Topics in Public Policy
  • PUBPOL 890: Advanced Special Topics in Public Policy

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