Part 2 of Law 2.0
This post represents a continuation of my earlier entry, Law 2.0. Because I am scheduled to take the stage in a few moments here at the University of Arkansas School of Law, this item will be necessarily short. I plan to return to it and elaborate my thoughts as time permits.
It suffices for the moment to invoke Eric Raymond's pathbreaking book, The Cathedral and the Bazaar. Raymond wrote specifically about the rise of Linux and open source software, but his observations have revolutionary implications far beyond software development. My specific claim is that the Law 2.0 environment, powered as it is by the democratization and diffusion of technology and legal expertise, is rapidly driving law and legal education from a centralized "cathedral" model of development to a decentralized "bazaar" model.
I will spend November 1 and 2 at the University of Arkansas School of Law. At the invitation of Dean Cyndi Nance, I will make a variety of presentations on subjects ranging from agricultural law to the current state of legal scholarship. I will discuss Beyond Food and Evil with students in food law and policy and Around the World in 80 Centiliters with students in agricultural finance and credit. If I can convince anyone to give me comments on a working paper of mine, Modeling Law Review Impact Factors as an Exponential Distribution, so much the better.
I am extremely pleased to be paying an official visit to Arkansas, where I taught classes in the LL.M. program in agricultural law during the mid-1990s. I am very happy that Fayetteville, an academic home away from home, will be the site of a new presentation I call Law 2.0.
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Welcome to the University of Louisville's first annual Conference on Law, Ethics, and the Life Sciences. This conference, the first of its kind to be staged on a regular, recurring basis, is dedicated to addressing all areas of law that engage the life sciences. Law engages the life sciences in a wide variety of contexts, including environmental law, natural resources law, agricultural law, food and drug law, biotechnology, law and neuroscience, behavioral psychology and evolutionary biology, health law, and bioethics. Too often these topics are addressed in isolation rather than together. By embracing all of these areas at once, this conference endeavors to restore the proper consilience to the study of law and the life sciences.