On November 9, Professor Steven Wilf delivered his paper, "The Constitution of Trepidation" at the American Society for Legal History's annual meeting in St. Louis.
A scholar whose research focuses upon intellectual property law, historical jurisprudence, and legal history, Steven Wilf seeks to explore the fundamental ways that the origins of legal processes effect normative outcomes. Among his recent writings are The Law Before the Law (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008), "The Making of the Post-War Paradigm in American Intellectual Property Law," 31 Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts (2008), and "The Invention of Legal Primitivism," 10 Theoretical Inquiries in Law (2009). His most recent book, Law's Imagined Republic, was released by Cambridge University Press in May 2010.
Associate Dean Wilf was named a Lemelson Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution for 2011-2012. The Lemelson Center Fellows Program supports projects that present creative approaches to the study of invention and innovation in American society. The Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation was founded in 1995 at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History through a generous gift from the Lemelson Foundation.