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Lawrence Lessig: “Wrongs of Corporate Speech” Topic of Annual Hugo L. Black Lecture

Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig is the 19th Annual Hugo L. Black Lecturer.  His current work addresses “institutional corruption”—relationships which are legal, even ethical, but which weaken public trust in an institution.

Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig is the 19th Annual Hugo L. Black Lecturer. His current work addresses “institutional corruption”—relationships which are legal, even ethical, but which weaken public trust in an institution.

Ethics leader and law professor Lawrence Lessig will speak on “Speech and Independence: The Wrongs of Corporate Speech,” during the 19th Annual Hugo L. Black Lecture on Freedom of Expression. The event is at 8 p.m. April 7 in Memorial Chapel.

Lessig is professor of law at Harvard Law School and the director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics. As director, Lessig is leading a five-year project studying “institutional corruption” relationships which are legal, even ethical, but which weaken public trust in an institution.

Prior to Harvard, Lessig was a professor at Stanford Law School, where he founded the school’s Center for Internet and Society, and at the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.

For much of his career, Lessig has focused his work on law and technology,