Donald C. Brace Memorial Lecture 2019

When: November 4, 2019 at 6:30pm - 9:00pm EST - This event has passed

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“The New Copyright Opportunist”


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.


Professor Jeanne Fromer has been a Professor of Law at New York University School of Law since 2012 where she specializes in intellectual property and information law, with particular emphasis on unified theories of copyright and patent law. She is also a faculty co-director of the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy where scholars can examine the key drivers of innovation as well as the law and policy that best support innovation.

In 2011, Prof. Fromer was awarded the American Law Institute’s inaugural Young Scholars Medal for her scholarship in intellectual property. This medal is awarded every other year for outstanding early-career law professors whose work is relevant to public policy and has the potential to influence improvements in the law.

Before coming to NYU, Prof. Fromer served as a law clerk to Justice David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court (2005-06) and to Judge Robert D. Sack of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (2003-04). She also worked at Hale and Dorr (now WilmerHale) in the area of intellectual property (2002-03). She also worked at AT&T (Bell) Laboratories in artificial intelligence and computational linguistics between 1994 and 1998, first during the summers as a Technical Associate and then more regularly when she collaborated with her mentor there while doing graduate work at MIT.

Education: Barnard College, Columbia University, B.A. summa cum laude in computer science (1996); Massachusetts Institute of Technology, S.M in electrical engineering and computer science for research in artificial intelligence and computational linguistics (1998); Harvard Law School, J.D. magna cum laude, serving as articles and commentaries editor of the Harvard Law Review and editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology (2002).



Members: $40
Non-Members: $50

Includes cocktail reception following the lecture.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds must be requested in writing before October 29, 2019. Refunds will not be issued after that point. Unfortunately, we will not be able to credit your registration payment toward a future event, but you may allow another person to attend in your place. Please email her/his name, affiliation, city and state to Roger Neves at rogerio[at]