Lawrence Lessig Speaks in Austin

Lawrence Lessig, Professor at Harvard Law School and co-founder of FixCongressFirst!, came to Austin to give his presentation on the corrosive influence of Money in Politics. This edition of the story includes Professor Lessig’s insights into dependency corruption for judges, an issue of particular interest in Texas:

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Professor Lessig’s presentation was followed by a panel discussion, moderated by the Quorum Report’s Harvey Kronberg, featuring Hon. Sherri Greenberg, Interim Director of the UT Center for Politics and Governance; Steve Bickerstaff, Adjunct Professor, UT Law School; Brian Roberts, Professor of Government, UT; and Mark McKinnon, Austin-based media consultant who serves on the board of FixCongressFirst with Professor Lessig.

Prof. Lessig’s presentation and the panel discussion took place on Monday, February 28, at the Thompson Conference Center on the University of Texas campus.

This event was co-sponsored by Coffee Party Austin, the LBJ School of Public Affairs, the UT Law School, the UT School of Government, and Public Citizen.

The following day, Professor Lessig was interviewed by Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith for an episode of KLRU’s “Overheard with Evan Smith.” The show is scheduled to air at 8:30 p.m. on Friday March 11 on KLRU channel HD–1 (and three other broadcast times).  It will also be available online (with the Q&A) at

On his way out of the KLRU studio, Professor Lessig had time for a brief interview by KUT’s Nathan Bernier:


This entry has been updated with details about the broadcast of the Lessig interview on “Overheard with Evan Smith.”

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I retired in 2006 as a Senior Lecturer in Computer Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. These days I volunteer technical support for Citizens' Climate Lobby (Austin chapter), Common Ground for Texans, (, Integrity Texas (, and several friends.
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