BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Award-winning ethicist and Harvard Law School
professor Lawrence Lessig, the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and
Leadership at Harvard Law School and director of the Edmond J.
Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, will deliver a
lecture entitled "Institutional Corruption and the Financial
The event will be held at University at Buffalo Law School on
April 19, at 7 p.m., in John Lord O'Brian Hall, Room 106 on UB's
Lessig's address, co-sponsored by the UB Law School and the UB
School of Management, is part of the Gerald S. Lippes Speaker
Series, one of the university's highest-profile lecture series. The
event is free and open to the public.
According to S. Todd Brown, an associate professor atUB Law
School and director of its Center for the Study of Business
Transactions, Lessig and Safra Center for Ethics have assumed
prominent roles in advancing Harvard's understanding of
institutional corruption in business and the American political
In the political sphere, "we are not necessarily talking about
illegal activity," Brown says, "just the corruption of its purpose.
Much of his work has been about what roles are being corrupted by
the way that things are done."
For example, Brown says, because of the U.S. Supreme Court's
decision in the Citizens United case, "many are concerned that we
will wind up with these organizations that throw money into
political advertising and campaigns at unprecedented levels in
order to obtain influence with elected officials.
"It does raise troubling questions, and it's a great time to
have these kinds of discussions, especially with the upcoming
Brown says, "Lessig turned his attention to these questions long
before they jumped front and center in the public consciousness.
Before Occupy Wall Street and before some within the Tea Party
movement latched onto these kinds of questions, Lessig and others
working with the Safra Center were focused on improving our
understanding of the difficult problems they present."
Lessig's previous scholarship focused on law and technology, and
he has authored five books on the subject. He also served as lead
counsel in a number of important cases marking the boundaries of
copyright law in a digital age.
In addition to teaching at Harvard, he was professor of law at
Stanford Law School where he founded Stanford's Center for Internet
and Society, and professor of law at the University of Chicago Law
Lessig clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
He earned a bachelor of arts in economics and a bachelor of
science in management from the University of Pennsylvania, a master
of arts in philosophy from Cambridge, and a JD from Yale.
He has received honorary degrees from the University of
Amsterdam, Athabasca University and the Georgian-American
The Gerald S. Lippes Speaker Series focuses on current issues
and topics related to business and finance. It is part of a larger
effort to foster an integrated understanding of the worlds of
business and law and to encourage a collaborative dialogue between
business and legal professionals.
Last year's speaker was Harvey R. Miller, a nationally renowned
bankruptcy lawyer and partner in the international law firm of
Weil, Gotshal & Manges, who spoke on "Financial Failure in
Bankruptcy through the Prism of Lehman Brothers and General
Other presentations have included panels on health care reform;
Fortune magazine writer and author of "Faith and Fortune," Marc
Gunther; and Pietra Rivoli, a Georgetown University business
professor and author of "The Travels of a T-shirt in the Global
The series is funded by the support of Gerald S. Lippes, a 1964
graduate of the UB Law School and a partner in the Buffalo law firm
Lippes, Mathias, Wexler, and Friedman LLP.
To attend the lecture, please register at: http://mgt.buffalo.edu/LippesSpeaker
For inquiries, please call 716-645-3204.
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