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Debra Brubaker Burns
Debra Burns, JD, PhD graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law with concentrations in Tax and Intellectual Property (IP). Most recently, she published the articles, "Golden Apple of Discord: International Cost-Sharing Arrangements" in the Houston Business and Tax Law Journal(2015) and "Titans and Trolls Enter the Open-Source Arena" in Hastings Science and Technology Journal (2013). She won the 2012 Roger J. Traynor Writing Competition at the U.C. Hastings College of the Law for "Too Big to Fail and Too Big to Pay: States, Their Public-Pension Bills, and the Constitution." While at Hastings, she served as an Executive Supervising Editor for the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly and as an Articles Editor for the Hastings Science and Technology Journal.

Debra’s previous legal and paralegal positions have involved tax, probate, intellectual property, employment law, and civil litigation. Before law school, she provided paralegal services for Morrison & Foerster, LLP (patent prosecution), Santa Clara County Office of County Counsel (probate and civil litigation), and several high-technology companies (intellectual property). She also wrote research-grant proposals for Burns Engineering and managed the accounting and business-related records.

Debra’s volunteer legal work has included helping taxpayers file tax returns through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), representing clients against fraudulent mortgage services through the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, mediating for the San Francisco Small Claims Court through the UC Hastings mediation clinic, and serving as the Secretary for the Paralegal Association of Santa Clara County.

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