William Covington

  • Director, Technology Law & Public Policy Clinic
  • Senior Law Lecturer


Phone: (206) 616-4481
Email: covinw@u.washington.edu


B.A. 1972, New York University J.D. 1977, University of Michigan

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Telecommunications Law and Policy

Recent Courses

LAW 300 Introduction to Law
LAW A 500 Introduction to Perspectives on the Law
LAW A 504 Torts
LAW E 554 Technology Law And Public Policy Clinic

Professor Covington joined the UW law school faculty in 2003 as an Assistant Professor and Director of the Technology Law and Public Policy Clinic. Prior to his selection as clinic director, Professor Covington was a principal at the North Star Group consulting firm where he worked with municipalities on land use legislation, infrastructure development, and taxation policies applicable to high tech businesses. Ten years of service with McCaw Cellular Communications (now Cingular) and previous work as regulatory counsel for Group W Cable (now Comcast) provided him with a wealth of in-depth experience in the field of telecommunications law and policy.

While at AT&T Wireless, Professor Covington led that company's efforts in areas ranging from developing and complying with E-911 requirements to establishing state taxation policies. He has articulated policy positions on behalf of the cable television and cellular telephony industries to state public service commissions and the Federal Communications Commission on broadband policy, land use matters and incentive subsidies.

During the past four years, Professor Covington has served as an instructor at the community college level, developed legal courses for college students, and taught seminars for foreign M.B.A. candidates interested in U.S. policies on the creation of high tech industries and the delivery of services.

  • Moderator, "Panel: The View from Government", Start with Privacy Conference, Washington State Office of Privacy and Data Protection (February 3, 2017)
  • Moderator, "Diversity in the Marijuana Industry", Marijuana Policy in Washington State: Moving Forward, University of Washington School of Law (June 14, 2016)