Law School Hosts Boston University Scholar for Nies Lecture, April 6


Dr. Jessica Silbey, Professor of Law and Yanakakis Faculty Research Fellow at Boston University School of Law, will deliver the Law School’s Nies Lecture on Intellectual Property on Wednesday, April 6 at 5 p.m. at the Lubar Center at Eckstein Hall (1215 W. Michigan St.).

Silbey’s lecture, “Intellectual Property Issues and Core Values ​​in the Digital Age,” will discuss how intellectual property law, originally envisioned in the Constitution as a regime enabling markets in intellectual property, is becoming a framework for through which to discuss key socio-political issues. . The result is to reframe the substance of the constitutional goal of “progress” in terms that demonstrate the urgent relationship of art and science to social justice today.

Registration is available online and closes April 1.

At Boston University, Silbey teaches and writes in the areas of intellectual property, constitutional law, law, and the humanities. His publications include “The Eureka Myth: Creators, Innovators and Everyday Intellectual Property” (Stanford University Press 2015). Before entering academia, she clerked for Judge Robert E. Keeton (Massachusetts District) and Judge Levin H. Campbell (1st Circuit) and practiced law at Foley Hoag in Boston. Silbey earned her JD and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan and a BA from Stanford University.

This annual lecture honors the Honorable Helen Wilson Nies, who served as a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit from 1982 to 1996 (Chief Justice from 1990 to 1994).


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