Professor, Yale Law School
Yochai Benkler is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Previously, Benkler had been a professor at New York University School of Law, where he was the Director of the Engelberg Center for Innovation Law and Policy and of the Information Law Institute . His research focuses on the effects of laws that regulate information production and exchange on the distribution of control over information flows, knowledge, and cultural production in the digital environment. His particular focus has been on the neglected role of commons-based approaches towards management of resources in the digitally networked environment. He has written about the economics and political theory of rules governing infrastructure, such as wireless communications and telecommunications law, rules governing private control over information, in particular intellectual property, and of relevant aspects of U.S. constitutional law.
William Fisher III
Hale and Dorr Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Harvard Law School; Faculty Director, The Berkman Center for Internet & Society
William Fisher III 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 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 specializes in Intellectual Property Law and American Legal History. 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). His next book -- Promises to Keep: Technology, Law, and the Future of Entertainment -- will be published by Stanford University Press in the summer of 2004.
Professor of Law, Stanford Law School; Chair, Berkman Center Advisory Board
Lawrence Lessig was the Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School. From 1991 to 1997, he was a professor at the University of Chicago Law School. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1989, and then clerked for Judge Richard Posner of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court. Lessig teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, contracts, comparative constitutional law, and the law of cyberspace. His book Code, and Other Laws of Cyberspace was released in 1999 to widespread acclaim. In 1999-2000, he was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Lawrence Lessig's new book is The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World.
William F. Weld Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Faculty Co-Director and Founder, The Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Charles Nesson is the founder and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Harvard College in 1960, and his J.D. degree from Harvard Law summa cum laude in 1963. He clerked for Justice John Marshall Harlan of the United States Supreme Court, and served as Special Assistant to John Doar in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. He joined the Harvard Law faculty in 1966. Nesson has taught courses on evidence, criminal law, trial advocacy, torts and ethics, incorporating the latest technologies. Nesson is also well known as a moderator for the Fred Friendly Seminars on public television employing the Socratic dialogue method of discussion. He has served as a public defender on the Massachusetts Defenders Committee, and as counsel in the Woburn toxic tort case and various civil liberties cases.
Beth Simone Noveck
Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies, Harvard Law School; Faculty Co-Director, The Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Jonathan Zittrain is the Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School. He is a co-founder of the Berkman Center and served as its first executive director from 1997-2000. His research includes digital property, privacy, and speech, and the role that is played by private intermediaries in Internet architecture. He currently teaches Internet & Society: The Technologies and Politics of Control, and has a strong interest in creative, useful, and unobtrusive ways to deploy technology in the classroom. He holds a J.D. from the Harvard Law School magna cum laude, an M.P.A. from the J.F.K. School of Government, and a B.S. in Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence from Yale summa cum laude. He is also a fourteen-year veteran sysop of CompuServe's online forums.