Lawrence Lessig: Cyberlaw Superstar.

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Cyberlaw is a relatively new area of jurisprudence and telecommunications policy, where technology and law intersect. From the controversies over intellectual property rights, free speech, fair use and other issues has emerged a voice described in as the "Paul Revere of the Web" (Mullaney & Greene). Lawrence Lessig is both an intellectual and an activist, a constitutional scholar and an original thinker who has an enormous following not only in academic circles but also in the popular press and in the web logs of cyber geeks and Internet activists.

Career Overview.

Lessig was born in 1961 in South Dakota, but at an early age his family moved to Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Intellectually gifted, he was passionate about politics and enjoyed computers as a hobby. He received a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Management (from the Wharton School) from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983. Three years later he graduated with honors from Trinity College with a master's in Philosophy.

In 1989 he completed his studies at Yale Law School.

Popularly known as a "liberal" today, Lessig had been a staunch Republican since high school, and he began his career as the protegé of rather conservative judges. In 1989 he worked for Judge Richard Posner, US. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, and then the following year he clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

An itinerant scholar early in his career, Lessig moved from school to school during a period that included a stint in Budapest College, Hungary (1992-94). In the United States he taught at Yale Law School (1995); at University of Chicago (1991-1997) where he received tenure; and at Harvard Law School (1997-2000) where he was Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Professor for Entrepreneurial Legal Studies (1998). Currently, Lessig is Professor of Law and (as of 2003)...