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The United States Supreme Court will hear argument in the case of Eldred v. Ashcroft on the morning of October 9, 2002. The symposium is scheduled to occur in the day and a half following.


Wednesday, October 9th
Legal Issues in critical context

1:00 p.m.


2:00 p.m.


Peter Cimbolic, Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies, The Catholic University of America

Marin Scordato, Associate Professor of Law and Director, Institute of Communications Law Studies, The Catholic University of America


Susanna F. Fischer, Assistant Professor of Law, The Catholic University of America

2:15 p.m.


Legal Perspectives

Shira Perlmutter, Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property Policy, AOL Time Warner

Marybeth Peters, United States Register of Copyrights

Jonathan Zittrain, Jack N. & Lillian R. Berkman Assistant Professor for Entrepreneurial Legal Studies, Harvard Law School

4:15 p.m.


Historical and Comparative Perspectives

Lillian R. BeVier, John S. Shannon Distinguished Professor of Law and Class of 1963 Research Professor, University of Virginia School of Law

Oren Bracha, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School

Daniel Gervais, Oslers Professor of Technology Law, University of Ottawa

5:45 p.m.



Philosophical Alternatives

8:00 a.m.


9:00 a.m.


William F. Fox, Jr., Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs,

School of Law, The Catholic University of America

William J. Wagner

Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Law and Religion, The Catholic University of America

Susanna Frederick Fischer

Assistant Professor of Law, The Catholic University of America

Morning Session

9:15 a.m.

Principal Address

The Philosophical Postulates of American Intellectual Property Law: A View of the Legislative History

Chief Judge Edward J. Damich of the United States Court of Federal Claims

10:45 a.m.

Keynote Address

The Tragedy of the Innovation Commons?: Reconciling Private Claims with Public Interest

Lawrence Lessig, Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

11:45 a.m.


Afternoon Session

1:15 p.m.


Philosophical Perspectives

Amitai Etzioni, University Professor, The George Washington University

Jude P. Dougherty, Dean Emeritus, School of Philosophy, The Catholic University of America

Peter Levine, Research Scholar, Institute for Philosophy & Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park

Seana V. Shiffrin, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Law, UCLA

3:00 p.m.

Principal Address

The Innovation Commons and the Rule of Law: An Economics Perspective

Robert W. Hahn, Director, AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies

4:15 p.m.

Principal Address

Reconsidering the Rule of Law: Commodification in the Information Age

Margaret-Jane Radin, William Benjamin Scott and Luna M. Scott Professor, Stanford Law School