Greg Lastowka is a Professor of Law at Rutgers School of Law-Camden and a co-director of the Rutgers Institute for Information Policy & Law. He is the author of Virtual Justice (Yale University Press 2010). He teaches and conducts research on the laws of intellectual property and emerging technologies. He has authored numerous law review articles, book chapters, and essays on a variety of subjects, including digital copyright, the regulation of virtual societies, search engine laws, and cybertrespass. Professor Lastowka is the recipient of NSF Grant #1250774: A Legal and Structural Investigation of Online User-Generated Content Systems. He has guest-lectured at several universities, including Columbia School of Law and the University of Graz, Austria. His work and opinions have been noted by many national and international publications, such as Scientific American, The Economist, The New York Times, Time Magazine, and Nature. Professor Lastowka also participates in the emerging academic discipline of games studies and has written extensively about videogame theory and culture.
I grew up in southeast Pennsylvania, west of Philadelphia. My undergraduate degree is from Yale College (English, ’91, summa cum laude), though I also attended Penn State for two of my undergraduate years. After college, from 1992-1994, I took graduate classes in fine art (lithography) and education at the University of Arizona in Tucson. From 1994-1996, I served with the United States Peace Corps in Turkmenistan, where I taught English and co-authored the first Turkmen-English dictionary. I earned my law degree from the University of Virginia School (2000), where I was a Dillard Scholar, an Articles Editor on the Virginia Law Review, and a member of the Society of Fellows.
After law school, I clerked for Judge Walter K. Stapleton on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. After that, I practiced intellectual property and technology litigation at Dechert LLP in Philadelphia. While at Dechert, I was pro bono co-counsel (with William McSwain) for Ken Hamidi in the California Supreme Court case of Intel Corp. v. Hamidi.
I have visited and taught classes at Columbia School of Law (2009), the University of Graz, Austria (2005), Drexel Law School (2013), and Temple Law School (2013). I have also led a working group at the Rutgers Center for Cultural Analysis (2005-2006) and regularly served on review panels for the National Science Foundation.
I live in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, the home of Swarthmore College. One of my research interests is video game studies, and some of my game studies publications are collected here. In 2003, I co-founded the game studies weblog Terra Nova, with Ted Castronova, Julian Dibbell, and Dan Hunter. I contribute to several sites, including Madisonian.net, Gamastura, and the RIIPL blog.
I actually don’t blog that much these days — I’m too busy with other things. I sometimes tweet at @greglas, but I don’t tweet that often.