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DeWitt Higgs Memorial Lecture

The DeWitt Higgs Memorial Lecture is an endowed lecture sponsored jointly by the Law and Society Program, Earl Warren College, and the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at UC San Diego, California Western School of Law, and the Higgs family.

DeWitt Higgs was a pillar of the San Diego legal community. He was a founding member of the firm Higgs, Fletcher, and Mack. He served as a UC Regent for 16 years. To honor his contributions, the topic of each Higgs Lecture is related to field of law and society.

The list of recent speakers includes San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom, UC Berkeley professor and journalist Mark Danner, Geoff Hoon (former leader of the British House of Commons), and NYU professor Jerome Cohen.

2014 DeWitt Higgs Memorial Lecture

Featured Speaker: Susan Crawford

Lecture Topic: "Retaining Government Power to Make Economic Policy for Internet Access: The Role of the First Amendment"

High-speed Internet access providers, including Verizon and the cable industry, claim that government-imposed limitations on their activities raise serious constitutional concerns under the First Amendment. However, the providers are, arguably, selling the modern-day version of telephone services. But given the current absence of either competition or oversight in this market, providers are poised to have the market power to "edit" digital communications seen by users. Visiting Harvard Law School Professor and information law scholar Susan Crawford will explore the current debate, elaborating on why there is a critical need for federal oversight of the cable industry to preserve the quality and reliability of high-speed Internet access in America.

Date and Time: April 15th, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Location: Student Services Center, Multipurpose Room

Susan Crawford

Susan Crawford is Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a visiting professor at Harvard Law School. She is the author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age and served as Special Assistant to the President for Science,Technology, and Innovation Policy in 2009.

About the DeWitt Higgs Memorial Lecture

DeWitt "Dutch" Higgs graduated from California Western School of Law in 1934. He founded the firm of Higgs, Fletcher and Mack, one of San Diego’s leading local firms, and served as the region’s first representative on the University of California Board of Regents. In recognition of his contributions to the law, education, and academic freedom, UC San Diego and California Western School of Law, in conjunction with the Higgs family, present the DeWitt Higgs Memorial Lecture each year.

View past Higgs Lectures online through the UCSD-TV website.

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