Jolynn C Dellinger

Senior Lecturing Fellow of Law

Jolynn Dellinger is a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke Law and also at the Duke Initiative for Science and Society where she works in the area of privacy, ethics and technology. She is also a Kenan Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, where she formerly served as the Stephen and Janet Bear Visiting Lecturer (2020-23), At the law school, Dellinger teaches Privacy Law and Policy and a seminar about privacy and surveillance in the post-Dobbs landscape. She is 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 and taught privacy law and consumer privacy as an adjunct at UNC Law from 2018-2020.

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: +1 919 613 7000
  • Email Address:


  • J.D. Duke University, 1993

Courses Taught

  • SCISOC 614S: Privacy and Ethical Decision-Making in Our Digital Era
  • PUBPOL 89S: First-Year Seminar
  • PUBPOL 890: Advanced Special Topics in Public Policy
  • PUBPOL 614S: Privacy and Ethical Decision-Making in Our Digital Era
  • PUBPOL 590S: Advanced Topics in Public Policy
  • LAW 764: Privacy in a Post-Dobbs World: Sex, Contraception, Abortion and Surveillance
  • LAW 611: Readings
  • LAW 331: Introduction to Privacy Law and Policy
  • ETHICS 89S: Special Topic: First-Year Seminar in Ethics
  • ETHICS 893: Research Independent Study
  • ETHICS 590S: Special Topics in Ethics
  • BIOETHIC 700: Research Independent Study in Bioethics and Science Policy
  • BIOETHIC 591: Topics in Science Policy
  • BIOETHIC 590S: Special Topics in Bioethics

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