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R. Polk Wagner joins the Law School directly from a two-year clerkship for the Hon. Raymond C. Clevenger III on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. This Fall he will teach the Law of Electronic Commerce that will look at the new technologies and business models being used on the Internet and how legal rules are being challenged. In the Spring semester he will teach Patent Law.

Wagner looks forward to building bridges to Penn's affiliated schools - Wharton, Annenberg School for Communication, and Engineering. "These schools are also working in areas of high technology and its impact on business and society. I hope that, over time, together we can help bring new interdisciplinary aspects, such as law and technology, to the Law School."

Wagner graduated from Stanford Law School in 1998, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif, received the Hilmer Oehlmann, Jr. Award, and was the Western Regional Champion and National Semifinalist in the Giles S. Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition. He was a Roger M. Jones Fellow at the London School of Economics from 1994 to 1995 where he was attached to the Department of International History. He earned a B.S.E. degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan with studies at the College of Charleston (B.S. Physics) in 1993.

His publications include The Myth of Private Ordering: Rediscovering Legal Realism in Cyberspace (co-author Margaret Jane Radin) in 73 Chicago-Kent Law Review 1295 (1999); Filters and the First Amendment in 83 Minnesota Law Review 755 (1999); and The Medium is the Mistake: The Law of Software for the First Amendment in 51 Stanford Law Review 387 (1999) (student note).

At Stanford Law School, as a summer fellow in the Program in Law, Science and Technology in 1998, Wagner helped plan a conference on e-commerce, and expanded the Online Motions System first developed as part of the Stanford Digital Law Project to create a prototype of an online pretrial litigation system for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.