David G. Post speaking at Cato Institute
|Born||September 26, 1951|
|Alma mater||Georgetown University Law Center|
David G. Post (born 1951) is an American legal scholar. Post is an expert in intellectual property law and the law in cyberspace. Until his retirement in 2014, Post served as Professor of Law at Beasley School of Law of Temple University in Philadelphia.
Post served as law clerk to Ruth Bader Ginsburg twice, once from 1986 to 1987, when Ginsburg was a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and a second time from 1993 to 1994, after Ginsburg had been elevated to the Supreme Court of the United States. In between, from 1987 to 1993, Post practiced law in Washington, D.C. as an associate at the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering.
From 1994 to 1997, Post was an associate professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center. In 1997, he joined the Beasley School of Law of Temple University in Philadelphia as a professor of law, remaining there until his retirement as the I. Herman Stern Professor of Law in fall 2014.
Post is a fellow of the Center for Democracy and Technology and the New York Law School's Institute for Information Law and Policy, an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, and a contributor to the Volokh Conspiracy blog at the Washington Post. Post was formerly a senior fellow at the Open Technology Institute of the New America Foundation.
Post wrote In Search of Jefferson's Moose: Notes on the State of Cyberspace (Oxford, 2009). In the book, Post draws a parallel "between the Internet and the natural and intellectual landscape that Thomas Jefferson explored, documented, and shaped." The book earned positive reviews from legal scholars, including Lawrence Lessig,Jonathan Zittrain, and Sean Wilentz. Post also coauthored, with Paul Schiff Berman and Patricia Bellia, another book, Cyberlaw: Problems of Policy and Jurisprudence in the Information Age (West, 2007), currently in its fourth (2011) edition.
Post was a signatory to an open letter from law professors in 2014 that expressed support for the legal recognition of same-sex marriages but also expressed concern that events (such as the resignation of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich after an outcry over a contribution that Eich had made to an anti-same-sex-marriage effort) "signal an eagerness by some supporters of same-sex marriage to punish rather than to criticize or to persuade those who disagree."