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Aug 20, 2014 1:48 PM by KATC

Lessig delivering keynote at ABiz Top 50 Luncheon

The Harvard Law professor heralded by some as the Internet's most celebrated lawyer is speaking at the ABiz Top 50 luncheon at the Cajundome Convention Center.

Lawrence Lessig, who has proposed a "Free Culture Movement" to protect free open source software, suggests such a movement will lead to new forms of innovation and creativity. As a founding member of Creative Commons, Lessig helped to transform intellectual-property law. Lessig now has shifted his focus to an even bigger problem--the U.S.'s political system, perceived by many to be broken and corrupt with the influence of money in American politics. Lessig addresses this topic in his keynote address.

The Top 50 luncheon is produced annually by ABiz to honor the CEOs of the region's top 50 privately held businesses, as determined by reported gross revenues, as well as eight publicly traded, locally domiciled companies. Returning this year as the event's presenting co-sponsors are the law firm of Allen & Gooch and Whitney Bank.

In May of this year, Lessig launched The MayDay PAC project and astonished the political world by raising more than $7.6 million in a Kickstarter-type campaign in just over two months. He is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and director of the university's Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. As a professor at Stanford, he founded the school's Center for Internet and Society and also taught at the University of Chicago. He is a respected author, popular TED Talk presenter, and was named one of Scientific American's Top 50 Visionaries. Lessig holds a BA in economics and a BS in management from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in philosophy from Cambridge, and a JD from Yale. He is also a former clerk for both 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

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