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About Jessica Silbey

My scholarship engages the cultural analysis of law, asking how popular cultural forms (of film and literature, for example) shape legal disputes and explanations. I have written widely on the use of film in law (as a tool and a method of analysis) as well as the use of law in film (its popular representation as a manner by which legal consciousness is created and shaped). My new project concerns popular conceptions of intellectual property and how those conceptions motivate and structure various statutory intellectual property regimes. My book investigating these questions, The Eureka Myth: Creators, Innovators and Everyday Property, was published by Sanford University Press in 2015.
I graduated from Stanford University and then went to graduate school at the University of Michigan, where I earned a Ph.D. in comparative literature and a J.D.
After law school I clerked for Judge Robert Keeton in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. And then I clerked for Judge Levin Campbell on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. I practiced law at Foley Hoag LLP in Boston working primarily on intellectal property disputes and bankruptcy issues. I teach courses in constitutional law and intellectual property.


Present Professor of Law, Suffolk University



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Contact Information

Suffolk University Law School
120 Tremont Street
Boston MA 02108


Law and Film (8)

Law and Society (1)

Law and Technology (2)

Intellectual Property (5)