By Bev Makhani, Office of Undergraduate Education

PULLMAN, Wash.— Jacob H. Rooksby, dean of the Gonzaga University School of Law, will deliver the inaugural Common Reading lecture for 2018-19 on Wed., Sept. 5, at 5 p.m. in CUE 203 at Washington State University.

The public is welcome at no charge to this event, which is cosponsored by the Common Reading Program with the WSU Pre‑Law Resource Center.

First-year and other WSU students are reading the common book, “Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything”  for many classes, and enjoying extracurricular programming related to it. The lecture series allows students to learn from experts in their fields about topics raised in the book. Rooksby’s presentation will be the first guest lecture of many this 2018-19 academic year.

Rooksby, a renowned expert in intellectual property law and higher education law and policy and their intersection, will speak about the legal challenges created by emerging technologies.

His scholarship has been featured in journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, the Yale Journal of Law and Technology, and the Review of Higher Education.

His scholarship has been featured in journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, the Yale Journal of Law and Technology, and the Review of Higher Education.

He is the author of “The Branding of the American Mind: How Universities Capture, Manage, and Monetize Intellectual Property and Why It Matters.”

Rooksby became Gonzaga law dean this summer, having formerly served as associate dean of administration and associate professor of law at Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, Penn. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the College of William and Mary, and his M.Ed., J.D. and Ph.D. at the University of Virginia.

Verification of attendance at the lecture is available for WSU students.

Learn more about the Common Reading Program website.

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