Legal Scholar and Ethicist
The New York Times dubbed him “a philosopher king of Internet law,” while Wired magazine called him “the Elvis of cyberlaw.” Lawrence Lessig, an acclaimed expert in constitutional law, cyberlaw, and intellectual property, is a copyright crusader turned corruption crusader. Roy L. Furman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, Lessig is currently focusing on institutional corruption, addressing relationships that are legal, even currently ethical, but which weaken public trust in an institution. He released his book, Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress—and a Plan to Stop It, in October 2011.
Lessig’s work has won him numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation's Freedom Award. He was named one of Scientific American's Top 50 Visionaries for arguing "against interpretations of copyright that could stifle innovation and discourse online." He holds a BA in economics and a BS in management from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in philosophy from Cambridge, and a JD from Yale.