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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 BA in Economics and a BS 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 masters 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 protegeacute 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 John A Wilson Distinguished Faculty Scholar at Stanford University 2000-present where he teaches courses in constitutional law open source patents and contracts In
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