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Seth Waxman to Deliver the 2010 Segal Lecture on "Shaping the Uncertain Future of Copyright and Patent Law"

February 03, 2010

Seth Waxman


Former Solicitor General Seth Waxman will deliver the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s 2010 Irving R. Segal Lecture in Trial Advocacy, entitled “Shaping the Uncertain Future of Copyright and Patent Law.”  Waxman is universally considered to be among the country’s premier Supreme Court and appellate attorneys.  He served as Solicitor General of the United States from 1997 until 2001 and is currently a partner at WilmerHale in Washington, D.C., where he chairs the firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Practice Group.
Waxman has been recognized as one of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” by The National Law Journal and was recently named “Bet-the-Company Litigator of the Year” for 2010 by The Best Lawyers in America.  He has delivered 55 oral arguments before the Supreme Court and many more in the lower federal and state courts.  Waxman has also developed an extensive pro bono practice, winning landmark decisions in the Supreme Court cases of Boumediene v. Bush, in which the Court upheld habeas corpus rights for Guantanamo Bay detainees; Roper v. Simmons, in which the Court declared the death penalty for juvenile offenders to be unconstitutional; and McConnell v. FEC, in which the Court upheld the constitutionality of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (also known as the McCain-Feingold Act).

Waxman holds numerous professional awards, honors, and honorary degrees, including the extraordinary status of permanent honorary Special Agent of the FBI, awarded in recognition of his exceptional service to law enforcement.  He is a 1977 graduate of Yale Law School and a 1973 graduate of Harvard University. 

The Segal Lecture will be held at the Law School on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 4:30 p.m., and will be followed by a reception in the Great Hall.  The Lecture is open to the public and attendees are eligible to receive one CLE credit.  Seating is limited, and registration is required.  To register or for further information, contact Genevieve Cattanea at