I teach at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. You can read more about me and my work here. I teach and write about intellectual property law, innovation and creation, and “knowledge commons.” I’m also a huge fan of soccer (sometimes “football”), as a former player, coach, referee, etc.; I’m a student and practitioner of the leadership arts; and I’m an engaged critic of processes of (re)urbanization of places such as Pittsburgh.
I have been posting here at madisonian.net on and off since 2004, much of that time with the assistance of a number of law professor colleagues. As the website re-emerges (late 2016 and 2017) from its most recent hibernation, the material appearing here will be eclectic. “Governance,” the label that I’ve given the site in early 2020, is a catch-all word that’s meant to capture my general interest in systems, ecologies, and institutions — law, rules, customs, norms, practices — and what they do well and poorly.
From 2003 to 2011, I also published Pittsblog, about regional economic development and the post-industrial re-emergence of one particularly interesting city and region: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Chris Briem turned up at Pittsblog from time to time, though he had his hands full (and still does) with his own site, Null Space. Pittsburgh-themed posts will appear here from time to time. Pittsburgh is partly interesting in itself; Pittsburgh is also interesting as a case study of urban and regional planning, development, and change in the 20th and 21st centuries.
My take on Pittsburgh is informed by the fact that I’ve lived in Western Pennsylvania for 20 years, but I was raised (literally) and grew up (professionally) in what is now called Silicon Valley. My family home is in Menlo Park; for several years I practiced law in what passes for Downtown Palo Alto. The cognitive disconnect between SV-oriented law, business, and culture, on the one hand, and Pittsburgh-themed law, business, and culture, on the other hand, were and are striking to me.
The tag “GFOP” is an inside nod to the hosts of the Men in Blazers podcast, whose followers have adopted the label “Great Friend of the Pod” to identify themselves to one another and to the world.
Find me on Twitter at @profmadison.