Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at
Harvard Law School
Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at
Lessig is a leading expert in intellectual property law and the corruptive influence of money on democracy, and an entertaining multi-media presenter. His latest book, Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Our Politics and a Plan to Stop It, suggests that trust in our government is at an all-time low due to the power of special interests taking priority. While America may be divided, Lessig vividly champions the idea that we can succeed if we accept that corruption is our common enemy and that we must find a way to fight against it (http://republic.lessig.org/).
Previously, Lessig clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court. Lessig is also a founding board member of Creative Commons and Root Strikers.
This year's event will
also honor Rev. James C. Miller as Common Cause Rhode Island's 6th-ever John Gardner Fellow and Mayor Angel Taveras for his Excellence in Public service. We are proud to honor Rev. Miller and Mayor Taveras for their
decades of work promoting representative democracy in the community and in local and state government. Purchase tickets online