Monday October 3, 2016

The LHP Roundtable Experience

On Sept. 21, Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard Law School professor, New York Times best-selling author and recent presidential candidate, was the fall roundtable speaker for Dayton Law's Leadership Honors Program (LHP). In a dialogue with students, moderated by former Ohio governor Bob Taft, Lessig shared his thoughts on the corrupting effect of money on campaign politics, the individual and collective need for advocacy to preserve our democracy, and the critical importance of the upcoming Presidential election. Students shared their reactions:

"Professor Lessig's discussion was one of the most thought-provoking conversations I have had the pleasure to be a part of. " - B. Poling

Gov. Taft and Prof. Lessig

"I had the chance to meet and interact with former Ohio Governor Bob Taft and Lawrence Lessig, a pre-eminent scholar and Harvard Law professor. To be able to sit in a room with them and engage in meaningful dialogue was an incredible gift!" - J. Helter

"I found the idea that the solution for the problems facing our country rests within our generation thought provoking and compelling." - C. Watson

Prof. Lessig

"Professor Lessig said, 'If I found out that my son had terminal brain cancer and there was nothing I could do about it, I would still fight to save his life,' when referring to campaign finance problems in American politics. This resonated with me because the problem of corruption in campaign finance may be perceived as impossible to solve. . . .[I]t’s important to fight for something that you know to be right, even if it is likely you will not succeed." - C. Myers

"Professor Lessig’s discussion was eye opening. It has impacted the way I think immensely. I am excited to take part in the next LHP roundtable." - C. Myers

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