Randal C. Picker
James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law
The Law School, The University of Chicago
The seminar will meet on Thursdays from 4-6. Students will do blog posts in weeks 1-7. In weeks 8 and 9, student groups will do presentations. Groups will have 2-4 students and the presentations should run roughly 12-15 minutes per student. Once you have formed a group, send me the group members and you can at that time indicate whether your group wants to present in week 8 or week 9. Allocation to the presentation weeks is first come, first served, but we will need to have roughly the same number of students in weeks 8 and 9.
This year we will try an experiment with the blog posts. You can do up to two of the six posts on the readings as group posts, where your group can be 2-4 students. That group need not be the same group as your presentation group. The idea behind the group post is that you will need to talk through one of the readings with one or more of your classmates before writing your blog post. If you do a group post, please put all of the names of the members of your group on the post. The group post is purely optional, so if you would prefer to do six individual posts on the readings, you are absolutely free to do that.
The blog posts will not satisfy one of the Law Schoolís writing requirements. The seminar is a 2-credit course, but you can take the seminar as a 3-credit seminar if you choose to write a meaningful additional paper for 1 credit. (I typically tell students that that paper should be around 5000 words or so.) A natural approach in those circumstances is to write a paper based on your presentation, but the one-credit paper need not be based on the presentation. And the one-credit papers will also not satisfy the Law Schoolís writing requirements. Students wanting to write a longer paper on tech policy should see me about signing up for an independent 499 research project.
As you will see below, we will read three books in the seminar. I did not order those at the University book store, so you should get them on your own and of course you should feel free to read either the physical book or the ebook version.
You will see a variety of deadlines below. I think that they are useful for making the course work. Students donít need to hit them perfectly, but I do expect a good faith effort to hit them, as again, I think that will help the overall operation of the seminar.
In week 1, we will try to survey possible topics for the group presentations in Weeks 8 and 9. Each student will choose a topic and then do a blog post on that topic. These are intended to be preliminary looks at these topics, so you can do as much or as little research as you would like. A good post will describe why the topic might be of interest and might include relevant links. These topics need not be focused on the particular topic of the seminar this year but can be about anything related to tech policy. These posts need to be up by Thursday, January 10 at Noon.
Each student in blogging group 1 will need to post by Monday, January 14 at 9 am. Each student in blogging group 2 will need to post by Wednesday, January 16 at 5 pm. Monday posts need to discuss the reading; Wednesday posts need to discuss the reading and at least one of the Monday posts.
Group 2 will do posts by Monday, January 21 at 9 am. Group 1 will need to post by Wednesday, January 23 at 5 pm.
Group 1 will do posts by Monday, January 28 at 9 am. Group 2 will need to post by Wednesday, January 30 at 5 pm.
Group 2 will do posts by Monday, February 4 at 9 am. Group 1 will need to post by Wednesday, February 6 at 5 pm.
Group 1 will do posts by Monday, February 11 at 9 am. Group 2 will need to post by Wednesday, February 13 at 5 pm.
Group 2 will do posts by Monday, February 18 at 9 am. Group 1 will need to post by Wednesday, February 20 at 5 pm.