Two more renowned scholars head to HLS.
Henry E. Smith
Professor of Law
In January, Smith, an expert in intellectual property, natural resources, property and taxation, joined the HLS faculty from Yale, where he was the Fred A. Johnston Professor of Property and Environmental Law and a professor in the Program in Cognitive Science.
The co-author of the casebook “Property: Principles and Policies,” Smith has published numerous articles on the law and economics of property, and intellectual property. He serves on the board of advisers for the Journal of Law, Economics & Policy.
Before joining the Yale faculty in 2002, Smith taught at the Northwestern University School of Law, where he won the Dean’s Teaching Award in 1998. He was a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School and was a visiting professor at HLS.
In 2003, Smith received a Berlin Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Berlin. He also received a John M. Olin Faculty Fellowship and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Oslo in Norway.
He holds an A.B. from Harvard, an A.M. in German and a Ph.D. in linguistics from Stanford, and a J.D. from Yale. Smith also clerked for Judge Ralph K. Winter, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.
Professor of Law, Director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics
Lessig, an expert in constitutional law, contracts and the law of cyberspace, will join the HLS faculty in the fall. He is currently a professor at Stanford Law School, where he founded the Center for Internet & Society. Prior to joining the Stanford faculty in 2000, he was on the faculties of the University of Chicago Law School and HLS.
As director of the Safra Foundation Center, Lessig will expand on its work supporting teaching and research on ethical issues in public and professional life. He will also launch a five-year study of the effects on public institutions of money from sources that may be affected by the work of those institutions.
The author of five books, including “Remix” (2008), Lessig has published numerous articles in leading law and technology journals as well as in the popular press. He writes a monthly column for Wired Magazine. In 2006, he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
He is a board member of Creative Commons and the American Academy in Berlin. In 2000 and 2006, he was named to The National Law Journal’s “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” list.
Lessig holds a J.D. from Yale, an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Cambridge, and a B.A. in economics and a B.S. in management from the University of Pennsylvania.
He clerked for Judge Richard Posner ’62 of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia ’60 of the U.S. Supreme Court.