Thu April 12, 2012
Noted Legal Scholar and Activist Lawrence Lessig Delivers TU's 2012 Hager Distinguished Lecture
On today's edition of our show, we speak by phone with Lawrence Lessig, who is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School and the Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. A widely respected legal scholar and political activist, Lessig is known for his efforts to promote reduced legal restrictions on copyright as well as trademark laws --- particularly as these relate to the Internet and to other technology-based applications --- and for his sharp criticism of how Big Money has profoundly corrupted American politics. Indeed, he has called for the substantial reform of our nation's system of government by advocating a Second Constitutional Convention. On today's ST, we speak with Lessig about a book that he published last year called "Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress --- and a Plan to Stop It." (You can read an excerpt from this book at a page from Rolling Stone's website, which is linked here.)He delivered the 16th Annual John W. Hager Distinguished Lecture at The University of Tulsa College of Law.