Donald C. Brace Memorial Lecture 2017

When: November 6, 2017 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm EST - This event has passed

Please Join Us for the

Forty-Seventh Annual
Donald C. Brace Memorial Lecture

to be given by


“Picking up the Pieces after Star Athletica

Rebecca Tushnet is the inaugural Frank Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at Harvard Law School. She is a graduate of Harvard College (1995) and the Yale Law School (1998). After clerking for Chief Judge Edward R. Becker of the Third Circuit and Associate Justice David H. Souter on the Supreme Court, she practiced intellectual property law for two years at Debevoise & Plimpton before beginning teaching, first at New York University (2002-04) and then at Georgetown University Law Center (2004-16). Her publications include Worth a Thousand Words: The Images of Copyright Law (Harvard L. Rev. 2012); Gone in 60 Milliseconds: Trademark Law and Cognitive Science (Texas L. Rev. 2008); and Copy This Essay: How Fair Use Doctrine Harms Free Speech and How Copying Serves It (Yale L.J. 2004). Prof. Tushnet also published in the issue of the Copyright Society’s journal celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Nimmer on Copyright treatise with her article, Performance Anxiety: Copyright Embodied and Disembodied, 60 J. Copyright Soc’y 1001 (2013).

Her work currently focuses on copyright, the First Amendment, trademark, and false advertising law. Her blog, at, has been on the ABA’s Blawg 100 list of top legal blogs for the past three years. Professor Tushnet helped found the Organization for Transformative Works, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting and promoting fanworks, and she currently volunteers on its legal committee. She is also an expert on the law of engagement rings. Rules of Engagement, 107 Yale L.J. 2583 (1998).

The Donald C. Brace Memorial Lecture
is given in memory of the publisher Donald C. Brace, who founded Harcourt, Brace & Co. in 1919. Apart from his interest in the art of literature, Donald Brace was deeply interested in copyright legislation, the protection of creative talent and freedom of the press. In 1950, he was awarded the Columbia University Medal of Excellence in recognition of his distinguished contributions to publishing. This series was originally established by a gift from his daughter, Mrs. Donna Brace Ogilvie.

For more than four decades, the Brace Lectures on domestic copyright have featured leading figures in the field, including judges, practitioners, policymakers, publishers and academics. For a list of past Brace Lecturers, please click here.



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