The Distinguished Lecture is named for Roger L. Shidler (UW Law class of 1924), a founder of the law firm Shidler, McBroom, Gates & Lucas (now K&L Gates). Through the years, the firm grew to become one of Seattle’s most vibrant and influential law practices. To celebrate Roger Shidler’s legacy, this series brings outstanding academics, judges and practicing lawyers to UW Law to discuss leading issues in intellectual property law, an ever-more important economic driver for our region and the global economy. For more information, visit the UW Law Center for Advanced Study and Research on Innovation Policy's webpage.


Submissions from 2023

Digital Assets: The Future of Finance, Kristin N. Johnson

Submissions from 2022

The New Copyright Manifesto: A Roadmap for Racial Justice, Kevin J. Green

Submissions from 2021

Patents and the Pandemic: Intellectual Property, Social Contracts, and Access to Vaccines, Peter Lee

Submissions from 2020

Data Sovereignty in the Age of TikTok, Erich Andersen

Submissions from 2019

Against Progress: Intellectual Property and Fundamental Values in the Internet Age, Jessica Sibley

Submissions from 2017

The Evolution of Global Access: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Approach to Leveraging Intellectual Property, Connie Collingsworth