Stanford Law School Lures
Boalt Prof. Lemley to Campus
By Camille Ricketts
In an effort to strengthen its program in Internet and intellectual property law, the Stanford School of Law has lured Prof. Mark Lemley away from UC-Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law where he currently serves as co-director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology.
Stanford Law School Dean Kathleen Sullivan offered Lemley a full-time faculty position in January following his fall-quarter term as a visiting professor. While on campus, he taught two classes, “Intellectual Property: Patents and Intellectual Property” and “Antitrust Law.” He accepted Sullivan’s offer in February and will assume his new position as the director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology in June.
“There are a number of things driving my decision — the opportunity to work with some wonderful colleagues and students at Stanford and geography are prominent among them,” Lemley said. His wife, Rose Hagan, works as trademark counsel for Mountain View-based Google Inc. He was also offered visiting professorship positions at Harvard and Yale but turned them down.
“As a Stanford graduate, it’s nice to be coming home,” he added. “It was a hard decision because I’ve been very happy at Berkeley, but my colleagues there have been very understanding and I will continue to work closely with them.”
At Stanford, Lemley said he hopes to strengthen the University’s program in patent, intellectual property and Internet law. In this endeavor he will join law professors Paul Goldberg and Lawrence Lessig, who was left Harvard in 2000 to strengthen Stanford’s scholarship in cyberlaw.
“Stanford’s focus has been more on Internet and electronic commerce than intellectual property per se,” Lemley said. “I hope to change that by emphasizing patent law.”
He will replace Law Prof. Margaret Jane Radin as the director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology, which serves as an umbrella organization linking several programs, including the Center for Internet and Society, the Center for Electronic Commerce and the new Center for Law and the Biosciences.
“Stanford’s program is already great, but I hope that we can build on that strength, in part my hiring young faculty who work in law and technology and in part by emphasizing our ties to the surrounding community,” Lemley said. “Stanford is ideally situated at the heart of Silicon Valley and there is no reason we shouldn’t be able to build the preeminent program in this field in the world.”
Although some question has been raised as to whether Stanford stole Lemley away from Boalt, his Berkeley colleagues appear to hold no animosity.
“We expect that Boalt Hall will continue to look for talented young and senior scholars in the law and technology field to join the faculty, as it has always done,” said Peter Menell, executive director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. “We fully expect to continue to work with Mark and others in the Bay Area and nationally on this salient area of law and public policy.”
Lemley graduated from Stanford in 1988 with a bachelor’s in economics and political science. He went on to attend law school at Boalt, receiving his degree in 1991. After working in the field for three years, he turned to academia, earning his professorship at the University of Texas School of Law. He started working at Boalt in 2000 and signed on as an intellectual property and antitrust counsel for San Francisco law firm Kreker and Van Nest, where he will continue to spend 15 to 20 percent of his time.
“We have great respect for Berkeley’s work in this area...so we are especially pleased to have lured Lemley to our side of the Bay,” Sullivan said in the Law School press release. “He no doubt will continue his scholarly interchange with colleagues throughout the Valley and the Bay Area.”