Lawrence Lessig: The Political Activist and Lawmaker

Lawrence Lessig: The Political Activist and Lawmaker

Life History of Lawrence Lessig

Lester Lawrence Larry Lessing shortly called as Lester Lawrence, born on 3rd June 1961 at Rapid City, South Dakota. He took his degrees from University of Pennsylvania, Trinity College, Cambridge and Yale University. He then started his academic career as Professor at the University of Chicago Law School from almost 6 years from 1991 to 1997.

Lawrence Lessig

He was also appointed as the co-director of the Study of Constitutionalism in the Eastern Europe there. It was the same time when the Republic of Georgia was announced Republic. Lessig who was a part of the constitutionalism in helped this freshly independent state frame its constitution.For a short span of three years, he worked at the Harvard Law School, out of which he held the chair of Berkman Professor of Law for one year. Later to that he joined the Stanford Law School and established the Center for Internet and Society. Lessig again joined the Harvard as Professor and Director of the ‘Edmond J Safracenter’ for ethics, in July 2009. Later in 2013, he took the Roy L Furman Professor of Law and Leadership, under the title Aaron’s Laws: Law and Justice in the Digital Age.

Lessig’s idea about Politics, Law and Internet:

Lessig was politically motivated from a very young age and actively participated in affairs related to politics, his thoughts were very liberal, balancing economics and law. In the late 1980s, he was given the opportunity to serve two influential judges. Richard Posner and Antonin Scalia. His brilliance always overtook his ideologies and was selected to perform the same on various platforms. Posner during the later stages called him ‘the most distinguished law professor of his generation.’
A great man of his field he also intertwined internet and law, as a result of this he wrote books and theories that paved way understanding the connections between Internet and Law. His theories of code and how they were same in the respective fields that are law and computer was largely received. His book Remix spoke about a desirable form of society and his concept free culture he emphasized free and open source software and open spectrum. He was also a long-time supporter of net neutrality
Great minds like Lessig are rare finds in the world history. His political and social ideologies, his aspirations as a lawmaker and his flawless tutorship skills made him an icon even during his young ages. Though he is not too successful at establishing a strong political career for himself so far, his contributions to the society will always be remembered.