Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

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Professor Fagundes to Present Paper at Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum May 01, 2009
Professor Fagundes to Present Paper at Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum

Professor David Fagundes has been chosen as one of 12 distinguished young scholars from around the country to present his research paper, "Property Rhetoric and the Public Domain," at the tenth annual Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum in late May at Stanford Law School. The papers were selected by leading senior scholars in their fields in a blind review process from articles submitted nationally by law faculty with one to seven years of teaching experience.

The Forum's objective is "to encourage the work of young scholars by providing experience in the pursuit of scholarship and the nature of the scholarly exchange ... and to increase the sense of community among legal scholars generally, particularly among new and veteran professors." At the assembly, the selected authors present their papers to an audience that includes the invited young scholars, faculty from the host institutions, and invited guests, and two senior scholars provide commentary on each paper. The focus of the tenth session is on private law and dispute resolution.

"This recognition by one of the most prestigious forums of its kind is a remarkable achievement for David," said Associate Dean Michael Dorff. "It represents yet another signal of Southwestern's growing scholarly prominence."
In Property Rhetoric and the Public Domain, Fagundes resists the prevailing view that rhetorical invocations of property in debates over the appropriate scope of copyright and patent necessarily favor a broad view of owners' rights. Observing that property includes publicly as well as privately owned resources, he argues that advocates of the public domain should embrace the rhetoric of property in its public vein, and that such a strategy will encourage respect for and stewardship of common entitlements in information.  The article is forthcoming in the Minnesota Law Review.