Why and How Legal Activists "Sue the Bastards": My Odyssey From Geek to Gigolo to Good Doer

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In an all-encompassing talk, Professor John Banzhaf 65'LAW will explain the concept of "Legal Activism," how it differs from "Public Interest Law," and provide examples of how it has been used very successfully to address a wide range of public interest concerns (including smoking, sex discrimination, obesity, public health and safety, governmental wrongdoing, and even potty parity). He will share his vision on how it can be used by both lawyers and non-lawyers to cause social change and make traditional (non-legal) research much more effective.

But sharing his unique insight on how to influence civil society for the better would not be complete without sharing his unique personal story. And he is not the one to shy away from recounting his beginning as a geek at MIT (where he was one of the first hackers, and played a role in popularizing "foo" in computer programming), to a gigolo (how he helped earn his way through law school), and finally from a fat-cat patent attorney to the "Dean of Public Interest Lawyers" and dubbed years ago as "One of the "100 Most Powerful People in Washington".

Professor Banzhaf III's remarks will be followed by Q&A.

Cosponsored by:

MIT Club of Washington DC

October 07, 2020 at 3:30pm - 5pm

Online - Zoom Call


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