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Lawrence Lessig Takes on Institutional Corruption

Event Details

Monday, February 28, 2011 - 6:00pm

Thompson Conference Center
Thompson Conference Center Conference Center Place page 2405 East Campus Drive
Austin, TX 78705

Renowned Attorney, Professor, Author to Speak Feb. 28

AUSTIN, Texas-- February 22, 2011-- The Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, in collaboration with several university and Austin community partners, welcomed Lawrence Lessig, renowned attorney, professor, author on Feb. 28. Lessig discussed the issues of institutional corruption in a talk titled “The ‘Corruption’ of Our System of Money and Politics; A Presentation and Conversation with Prof. Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law.”

The event was also sponsored by The University of Texas School of Law, The University of Texas at Austin School of Government, Public Citizen, and The Coffee Party.

“We are so pleased to have a speaker of Lawrence Lessig’s caliber and expertise to speak with us regarding the money and politics, an extremely important topic” said Sherri Greenberg, interim director of the Center for Politics and Governance. “Lessig has been a long-time champion of examining the relationship between technology, society and the U.S. political system and we are happy to be a part of bringing that dialogue to Austin.”

For much of his career, Lessig focused his work on law and technology, especially as it affects copyright. His current work on institutional corruption (relationships that are legal, even currently ethical, but that weaken public trust in institutions) led to his founding of Change Congress, now FixCongressFirst, where he champions the necessity of democratic citizenship.

Furthermore, Lessig serves on the board Creative Commons, MAPLight, Brave New Film Foundation, The American Academy, Berlin, Freedom House,, and the advisory board of the Sunlight Foundation.

Prior to returning to Harvard, Lessig was a professor at Stanford Law School, where he founded the school’s Center for Internet and Society. He also clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.

Lessig has won numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation’s Freedom Award, and was named one of Scientific American’s Top 50 Visionaries. Lessig is the author of Remix (2008), Code v2 (2007), FreeCulture (2004), The Future of Ideas (2001) and Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace (1999). Additionally, he has worked as a columnist for Wired, Red Herring, The Industry Standard and The Huffington Post.