2010 Wisconsin Law Review Symposium: Intergenerational Equity and Intellectual Property

Participant Bio Statements

Updated as of 11/8/10

Matthew Adler 
Leon Meltzer Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Matthew Adler’s work focuses on three areas: policy analysis, risk regulation, and constitutional theory. He is the author of numerous articles and several books, including New Foundations of Cost-Benefit Analysis (Harvard, 2006; co-authored with Eric Posner); and of the forthcoming Well-Being and Equity: A Framework for Policy Analysis, which systematically discusses how to integrate considerations of fair distribution into policy analysis (Oxford 2010). Adler is an editor of Legal Theory, the leading journal in the area of law and philosophy. His edited volume, The Rule of Recognition and the U.S. Constitution (Oxford 2009; edited with Ken Himma) is an innovative work at the intersection of jurisprudence and constitutional theory, which discusses the applicability of H.L.A.’s notion of a “rule of recognition” to the U.S. legal system. Adler was recognized by law students in 2001 and 2006 with the Harvey Levin Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2007, he received the University’s Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Keith Aoki  Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law

Keith Aoki sat on the editorial board for the Harvard Environmental Law Review and served on the editorial staff of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. He then practiced law for two years at Hale and Dorr, a Boston firm specializing in technology law. He is interested in the intersection of critical theory and the law. His article, “(Intellectual) Property and Sovereignty: Notes toward a Cultural Geography of Authorship,” appeared in the Stanford Law Review. Professor Aoki also writes in the area of critical race theory and his article “Centering the Immigrant in the Inter/National Imagination” (co-written with Robert S. Chang) appeared in the California Law Review. He also writes in the overlapping area of local government law and his article, “Race, Space and Place: The Relation Between Architectural Modernism, Modernism, Urban Planning and Post Gentrification” appeared in the Fordham Urban Law Journal.

M. Harry Brighouse  Professor of Philosophy and Affiliate Professor of Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin

Harry Brighouse has taught in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Philosophy since 1992. He works on the foundations of liberal theory and the place of education and the family in liberalism. He is currently working on the significance of positionality for egalitarian justice, on development theory and liberal egalitarianism, on the fair distribution of power, and on whether parents have rights over their children. Professor Brighouse has also written extensively about education policy, and is co-editor of the new journal Theory and Research in Education.

Margaret Chon  Associate Dean for Research; Donald and Lynda Horowitz Professor for the Pursuit of Justice, Seattle University School of Law

Margaret Chon is the Donald & Lynda Horowitz Professor for the Pursuit of Justice at Seattle University School of Law. Since joining the Seattle University faculty, Margaret Chon has been a dedicated teacher as well as a prolific scholar in both the regulation of knowledge and of race.  She is currently the Associate Dean for Research, responsible for nurturing the law school faculty's academic excellence and showcasing its rapidly growing scholarly reputation. Her current scholarship is a genre she characterizes as global intellectual property equality, focusing on the relationship of knowledge goods to the production of other global public goods.

Seth Cluett  Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition, Miami University Ohio

Seth Cluett is an artist, performer, and composer whose work ranges from photography and drawing to video, sound installation, concert music, and critical writing. His research interests and critical writings investigate the history of the loudspeaker, the documentation of sound in art, archival practices for music and multimedia, and architectural acoustics. He has published articles for BYPASS, Shifter, Intransitive, The Open Space Magazine, Leonardo Music Journal, 306090, Earshot, and the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.  He has been the recipient of grants and awards from Meet the Composer, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Naumberg Foundation, and the Malcolm Morse Foundation and holds a BM in music composition from the New England Conservatory of Music, an MFA in electronic art from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and is completing his doctorate in music composition at Princeton University.

Julie E. Cohen  Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Julie E. Cohen is Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center.  She teaches and writes about intellectual property law and information privacy law, with particular focus on digital works and on the intersection of copyright, privacy, and network architecture in the emerging information society.  She is the author of Configuring the Networked Self (Yale University Press, forthcoming), a co-author of Copyright in a Global Information Economy (Aspen Law & Business 3d ed 2010), and a member of the Advisory Boards of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and Public Knowledge.  Professor Cohen is a graduate of Harvard University and the Harvard Law School, and is a former law clerk to the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Peter Decherney  Stephen M. Gorn Family Associate Professor of Cinema Studies and English, University of Pennsylvania

Peter Decherney’s research and teaching focus on the history of media regulation and on internet policy, specifically the interaction between Hollywood and Washington. He is the author of Hollywood and the Culture Elite: How the Movies Became American (Columbia UP, 2005) and many articles on the Hollywood film industry, on the history of media regulation, and on fair use and academia, among other topics. In 2006, along with two colleagues, he successfully petitioned for an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act for media professors using clips for teaching. In addition to Penn, Decherney has taught at Yale, Johns Hopkins, Tsinghua University (Beijing), and King’s College (London). He is currently working on a new book on the history and future of Hollywood and copyright law. Among other awards, Decherney was named a 2009 Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences Film Scholar.

Anuj Desai  Associate Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School

Anuj C. Desai is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin, where he teaches in both the law school and the School of Library and Information Studies, offering classes in Copyright, First Amendment, Constitutional Law, and Cyberlaw. He has also taught law at National Tsing Hua University in Hsinchu, Taiwan, National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan, and the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in Nanjing, China. Professor Desai writes at the intersection of constitutional law and communications and information policy. His publications have appeared in the Stanford Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, Federal Communications Law Journal, and University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law. His current research focuses on understanding the ways in which constitutional jurisprudence is shaped by different institutional contexts, with a focus on various types of information and communications networks.

Deven Desai  Academic Relations, Google Inc.

Professor Desai’s scholarship is in the areas of intellectual property, information theory, Internet-related law, business associations, and brand theory. His articles include “Brands, Competition, and the Law” (BYU L. Rev. forthcoming), “Property, Persona, Preservation” (Temple Law Review), and “Confronting the Genericism Conundrum” (Cardozo L. Rev.). In 2010 he joined Google Inc. as Policy Manager for Academic Relations. During the 2009 academic year, Professor Desai was a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University's Center for Information Technology Policy. He is currently on leave from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Professor Desai is a graduate of the Yale Law School, where he was co-editor-in-chief of the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities. He has practiced law with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges in Los Angeles, worked as in-house counsel with technology incubation companies, and as a policy and finance consultant for the Cory Booker for Mayor campaign and for Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc. 

Edward W. Felten  Director, Center for Information Technology Policy, Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs, Princeton University

Professor Felten’s research interests include computer security and privacy, and public policy issues relating to information technology. Specific topics include software security, Internet security, electronic voting, cybersecurity policy, technology for government transparency, network neutrality and Internet policy. He is Director of Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP), a cross-disciplinary effort studying digital technologies in public life. CITP has seventeen affiliated faculty members and maintains a diverse research program and a busy events schedule. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington and often blogs about technology and policy at Freedom to Tinker.

William W. Fisher III (Terry)  Hale and Dorr Professor of Intellectual Property Law; Faculty Director, Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Harvard University

Professor Fisher received his undergraduate degree (in American Studies) from Amherst College and his graduate degrees (J.D. and Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization) from Harvard University. Between 1982 and 1984, he served as a law clerk to Judge Harry T. Edwards of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and then to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. Since 1984, he has taught at Harvard Law School, where he is currently the Wilmer Hale Professor of Intellectual Property Law and the Director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. His academic honors include a Danforth Postbaccalaureate Fellowship (1978-1982) and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California (1992-1993). Professor Fisher’s most recent books include The Canon of American Legal Thought (with David Kennedy) (Princeton University Press 2006) and Promises to Keep: Technology, Law and the Future of Entertainment (Stanford University Press 2004).

Brett M. Frischmann  Professor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Brett Frischmann’s expertise is in intellectual property and internet law. After clerking for the Honorable Fred I. Parker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and practicing at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, DC, he joined the Loyola University Chicago law faculty in 2002. He has held visiting appointments at Cornell and Fordham.  A prolific author, whose articles have appeared in Columbia Law Review, Cornell Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, and Review of Law and Economics, among other journals, Professor Frischmann has focused recently on the relationships between infrastructural resources, property rights, commons, and spillovers. He is currently writing a book on these topics to be published by Yale University Press.

Shubha Ghosh  Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School and Honorary Fellow and Associate Director of INSITE, University of Wisconsin Business School

Shubha Ghosh has taught in the fields of intellectual property, business organizations, tort law, antitrust, property, and law & economics since Fall 1996. He is the author of over fifty articles and book chapters. He is the co-author of two intellectual property casebooks: Intellectual Property: Private Rights, The Public Interest, and the Regulation of Creative Activity (Thomson West 2007) and Intellectual Property in Business Organizations (Lexis-Nexis 2006). He is currently at work on the following projects: (1) update on Understanding Intellectual Property (Lexis-Nexis 1997); (2) Global Patent Law (forthcoming Thomson West 2010); (3) Data Raw, Data Cooked (an article on commercializing data that analyzes developments in the legal definition of property rights over data and databases since ProCd and Assessment Technologies); (4) Nonprice Competition, Intellectual Property Rights, and the Legal Regulation of the Marketplace (an article on the role of nonprice competition in defining the scope of intellectual property rights); (5) International Copyright and the Indian Film Industry (an article on the development of copyright law in India pre and post Independence and its influence on the film industry); and (6) Identity and Invention: Patent Activity in the Area of Personalized Medicine.

Jay P. Kesan  Professor and Director, Program in Intellectual Property & Technology Law, and Mildred Van Voorhis Jones Faculty Scholar,
University of Illinois College of Law

Jay Kesan’s academic interests are focused in the areas of intellectual property and law and technology. He has written extensively in the areas of law and regulation of cyberspace, intellectual property, and law and economics. At the University of Illinois, Professor Kesan holds positions in the College of Law, the Coordinated Science Laboratory, and the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. Jay received his J.D. summa cum laude from Georgetown University, where he received several awards including Order of the Coif, and served as Associate Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. After graduation, he clerked for Judge Patrick E. Higginbotham of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Prior to attending law school, Jay Kesan – who also holds a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Texas at Austin –  worked as a research scientist at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in New York.

Pilar Ossorio  Associate Professor of Law and Bioethics, University of Wisconsin

Pilar Ossorio is Associate Professor of Law and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and Program Faculty in the Graduate Program in Population Health at the UW. Prior to taking her position at UW, she was Director of the Genetics Section at the Institute for Ethics at the American Medical Association, and taught as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Chicago Law School. Dr. Ossorio received her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology in 1990 from Stanford University. She went on to complete a post-doctoral fellowship in cell biology at Yale University School of Medicine. Throughout the early 1990’s Dr. Ossorio also worked as a consultant for the federal program on the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of the Human Genome Project, and in 1994 she took a full time position with the Department of Energy’s ELSI program. In 1993 she served on the Ethics Working Group for President Clinton’s Health Care Reform Task Force. Dr. Ossorio received her JD from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 1997. While at Boalt she was elected to the legal honor society Order of the Coif and received several awards for outstanding legal scholarship. Dr. Ossorio is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS), a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Bioethics, chair of an NHGRI advisory group on ethical issues in large scale sequencing, and a member of UW’s institutional review board for health sciences research. She is a past member of AAAS’s Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility, a past member of the National Cancer Policy Board (Institute of Medicine), and has been a member or chair of several working groups on genetics and ethics.

Margaret Jane Radin  Henry King Ransom Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School

Prior to joining the Michigan Law faculty, Margaret Jane Radin was the William Benjamin Scott and Luna M. Scott Professor of Law at Stanford University, and director of Stanford Law School's Program in Law, Science and Technology. She received her A.B. from Stanford, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and her J.D. from the University of Southern California, where she was elected to Order of the Coif. She also holds an honorary LL.D. from Illinois Institute of Technology/Chicago-Kent School of Law, as well as an M.F.A. in music history from Brandeis University. A noted property theorist, Professor Radin is the author of Reinterpreting Property and Contested Commodities. She is also the co-author of Internet Commerce: The Emerging Legal Framework (the first traditional-format casebook on e-commerce).  Professor Radin’s current research focuses on both contract and property, the pillars of the system of private ordering.  In addition to intellectual property, information technology, and cyberspace jurisprudence, Radin focuses on issues of online contracts, especially adhesion contracts promulgated by firms to re-structure entitlements of the recipient.  Radin is at work on a book entitled, My Way Or The Highway in Contract Law:  By Reading the Above You Have Agreed to It.  Professor Radin is a flutist who performs as often as possible, and a faculty sponsor of the University of Michigan Law School's Classical Music Society.

Pamela Samuelson  Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law, Professor of Information Management, Chancellor's Professor and Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, University of California, Berkeley School of Law / Boalt Hall

Pamela Samuelson is recognized as a pioneer in digital copyright law, intellectual property, cyberlaw and information policy. Since 1996, she has held a joint appointment with Boalt Hall and UC Berkeley's School of Information. In addition, Samuelson is director of the internationally-renowned Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. She serves on the board of directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (since 2000) and on advisory boards for the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Public Knowledge, and the Berkeley Center for New Media. Samuelson began her career as an associate with Willkie Farr & Gallagher's New York. She began her career as a legal academic at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, from which she visited at Columbia Law School, Cornell Law School and Emory Law School. While on the Berkeley faculty, she has been a distinguished visiting professor at University of Toronto Law School as well as a visiting professor at University of Melbourne and Harvard Law School. She was named an honorary professor at the University of Amsterdam in 2002. Samuelson has written and published extensively in the areas of copyright, software protection and cyberlaw. Her recent publications include “Why Copyright Excludes Systems and Processes From the Scope of Its Protection, in the Texas Law Review (2007), “Principles for Resolving Conflicts Between Trade Secrets and the First Amendment,” published in Hastings Law Journal (2007), “Questioning Copyright in Standards” in the Boston College Law Review (2007), “Enriching Discourse on Public Domains” in the Duke Law Journal (2006); and “The Generativity of Sony v. Universal: The Intellectual Legacy of Justice Stevens” in the Fordham Law Review (2006).

Kara Swanson (Associate Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law)

Professor Swanson is an accomplished scholar, legal practitioner and scientist whose chief interests are in intellectual property law, the history of science, medicine, and technology and legal history. She earned her PhD in the history of science from Harvard University in 2009. Before coming to Northeastern, Professor Swanson was the Berger-Howe Visiting Fellow in Legal History at Harvard Law School and associate professor at Earle Mack School of Law, Drexel University. Professor Swanson is currently working on a book, Banking on the Body, a history of body banking in the United States, drawing upon her doctoral dissertation, Body Banks: A History of Milk Banks, Blood Banks and Sperm Banks in the United States. Trained as a biochemist and molecular biologist at Yale University and the University of California at Berkeley, Professor Swanson was a published research scientist before entering law school, also at Berkeley. As an associate at Dechert LLP, she maintained an intellectual property law practice, where she was involved in drafting and negotiating technology licenses, advising biotech and computer services and software start-ups on protection of their inventions and drafting and prosecuting patents as a registered patent attorney. She clerked for Judge Cecil F. Poole, 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge William H. Orrick Jr., US District Court for the Northern District of California.

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