February 16th, 2011
Many JD applicants feel that they are purchasing a brand when they select a law school, but the educational experience itself is crucial to your future, and no one will affect your education more than your professors. Each Wednesday, we profile a standout professor as identified by students. Today, we focus on Lawrence Lessig from Harvard Law School.
Lawrence Lessig is director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, and a professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Prior to returning to Harvard in 2008, Lessig was a professor at Stanford Law School, where he founded the school’s Center for Internet and Society, and a professor at the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court. For much of his career, Lessig focused his work on law and technology, primarily on the ways these affect copyright. His current work addresses “institutional corruption” relationships that are legal, even currently ethical, but that weaken public trust in an institution. He has won numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation’s Freedom Award, and was named one of Scientific American’s Top 50 Visionaries. He is the author of Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy (Penguin, 2008), Code v2 (Basic Books, 2006), Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity (Penguin, 2004), The Future of Ideas:The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World (Random House, 2001) and Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace (Basic Books, 1999).