Introducing Guest Blogger Jessica Silbey
I am very pleased to announce that Professor Jessica Silbey will be guest blogging with us this month. Jessica is an associate professor at Suffolk Law School where she teaches constitutional law, trademark and copyright law. She received her J.D. and a Ph.D. (comparative literature) from the University of Michigan. Prior to graduate school, she received a B.A. in comparative literature from Stanford University. Before entering law teaching, she practiced law as a litigation associate at Foley Hoag in Boston. Before that, she was a law clerk for the Honorable Robert E. Keeton of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and for the Honorable Levin Campbell of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Jessica’s scholarship focuses on the cultural analysis of law, including the interdiscipline of law and narrative and law and film (how film is used as a legal tool and how it becomes an object of legal analysis). She is also working on several projects relating to intellectual property, investigating through various methods (qualitative analysis and narrative theory) how intellectual property in the United States is made or captured and then justified as privately owned.
Some of her publications include:
* The Mythical Beginnings of Intellectual Property, 15 GEO. MASON L. REV. 319 (2008) (selected for re-publication by the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology)
* Criminal Performances: Film, Autobiography and Confession, 37 NEW MEX. L. REV. 189 (2007)
* Filmmaking in the Precinct House and the Genre of Documentary Film, 29 COLUM. J.L. & ARTS 107 (2005)
* Judges as Film Critics: New Approaches to Filmic Evidence, 37 U. MICH. J.L. REFORM 493 (2004)
* What We Do When We Do Law And Popular Culture, 27 LAW & SOC. INQUIRY 139 (2002)