Two-Part Focus on Justice Breyer’s Copyright Legacy

When: March 20, 2023 at 4:00pm - 6:15pm EDT - This event has passed




Join the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Copyright Society in partnership with The George Washington University Law School for a two-part program featuring retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer.

4:00 – 5:00 pm: Justice Breyer’s Copyright Legacy Part I: Fireside Chat with Justice Breyer and Professor Robert Brauneis (60 minutes – free in person and virtual)

The event will start with a fireside chat between retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer and Professor Robert Brauneis, Co-Director of the Intellectual Property Program at The George Washington University Law School and former law clerk to Justice Breyer during his tenure on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.  The fireside chat will offer a rare opportunity to hear directly from Justice Breyer about his time on the U.S. Supreme Court and his opinions and dissents in many of the Court’s copyright cases from Eldred v. Ashcroft (2003) to Unicolors v. H&M (2022) and many other highlights from his nearly three decades of service on the Court

5:15 – 6:15 pm: Justice Breyer’s Copyright Legacy, Part II: Academic and Practitioner Panel Discussion (60 minutes – free, additional cost for CLE credit)

The event will feature a robust panel discussion with academics and practitioners who will debate the myriad of ways that the U.S. Supreme Court’s copyright decisions—and Justice Breyer’s opinions, concurrences, and dissents—have shaped copyright law and practice.  In this hour-long discussion, moderator Regan Smith (lecturer of law at The George Washington University and Head of Public Policy, Government Affairs at Spotify) will discuss these issues with Dale Cendali (Supreme Court practitioner and partner at Kirkland & Ellis), Jane Ginsburg (professor of law and director of Columbia’s Kernochan Center for Law, Media, and the Arts), David Nimmer (professor of law, practitioner, and author of the updated treatise Nimmer on Copyright), and Pamela Samuelson (professor of law and director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology at the University of California, Berkeley).

Reception to follow panel.

This event is free to attend. However, for MCLE credit, please purchase the CLE Add-on Ticket:
Members: $55
Non-Members: $95

Please note: You will need to create a free account to register.


Cancellation Policy

Refunds must be requested in writing at least three business days before the event. 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 Jennifer McGhee and let us know that person’s name, affiliation, city and state, and email address.

Financial Aid Policy

The Copyright Society provides a limited number of scholarships each year to students, law clerks, unemployed attorneys, and nonprofit and government employees. For information on how to apply, please click here.


Robert Brauneis

Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Intellectual Property Program | George Washington University

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Stephen Breyer

Retired Justice | U.S. Supreme Court

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Jane C. Ginsburg

Morton L. Janklow Professor of Literary and Artistic Property Law

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