Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership
Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School. Prior to returning to Harvard, he taught at Stanford Law School, where he founded the Center for Internet and Society, and 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.
Lessig is the founder of Equal Citizens and a founding board member of Creative Commons, and serves on the Scientific Board of AXA Research Fund. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, he has received numerous awards including a Webby, the Free Software Foundation’s Freedom Award, Scientific American 50 Award, and Fastcase 50 Award.
Once cited by The New Yorker as “the most important thinker on intellectual property in the Internet era,” Lessig has turned his focus from law and technology to “institutional corruption”—relationships which, while legal, weaken public trust in an institution—especially as that affects democracy.
His books are: They Don’t Represent Us: Reclaiming Our Democracy (November 2019), Fidelity & Constraint: How the Supreme Court Has Read the American Constitution (May 2019), America, Compromised (2018), Republic, Lost v2 (2015), The USA is Lesterland (2014), One Way Forward (2012), Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress—and a Plan to Stop It (2011), Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy (2008), Code v2 (2006), Free Culture (2004), The Future of Ideas (2001), and Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace (1999).
Lessig holds a BA in economics and a BS in management from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in philosophy from Cambridge University, and a JD from Yale.
- Illinois, United States (1991)
- Richard Posner, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, 1989 - 1990
- Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court, 1990 - 1991
FavoriteLawrence Lessig, Republic, Lost: Version 2.0 (Twelve rev. ed. 2015).
FavoriteLawrence Lessig, Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress — and a Plan to Stop It (Twelve 2011).
FavoriteLawrence Lessig, Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy (Penguin Press 2008).
- Lawrence Lessig, The Supreme Court Needs Its Own Filibuster, Slate, Feb. 15, 2022.
- Lawrence Lessig, The First Amendment Does Not Protect Replicants, in Yochai Benkler, Follow the Money, Back to Front, in Social Media, Freedom of Speech, and the Future of our Democracy 273 (Lee C. Bollinger & Geoffrey R. Stone, eds., 2022).