USD School of Law Professor Orly Lobel Honored with Vanguard Award

USD School of Law Professor Orly Lobel Honored with Vanguard Award

Orly Lobel

SAN DIEGO (November 17, 2023) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Warren Distinguished Professor of Law, and Founding Director of the Center for Employment and Labor Policy Orly Lobel was honored with a California Lawyers Association Vanguard Award.

Each year, the Intellectual Property Section’s IP Institute honors outstanding legal professionals in the judiciary, private practice, in-house practice, academia, and public policy advocacy for their contributions to the advancement of intellectual property law. 

The academic award is presented to an outstanding law professor, instructor, or academic professional who teaches, lectures and/or writes substantially in the field of intellectual property law or to a professional working at a legal or public policy organization who is substantially involved in providing education on topics involving or affecting intellectual property law. 

Lobel is the award-winning author of several books and numerous articles. She is a prolific scholar, commentator, and speaker who travels around the world with an impact on policy and industry. Her most recent book, The Equality Machine, is an Economist “Best Book of 2022.” At a time when Artificial Intelligence and digital platforms are under fire, Lobel, a renowned tech policy scholar, defends technology as a powerful tool we can harness to achieve equality and a better future.

Her book Talent Wants to Be Free (Yale University Press) is the winner of several prestigious awards, including Gold Medal Axiom Best Business Books, Gold Medal Independent Publisher’s Award, the Gold Medal of Next Generation Indie Books and Winner of the International Book Awards for Best Business Book.

She is the recipient of several prestigious research grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American Bar Association litigation Fund, the Searle-Kauffman Fellowship, the Southern California Innovation Project, and Netspar, University of Tilburg. She is a member of the American Law Institute and serves on the advisory boards of the San Diego Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, the Employee Rights Center, and the Oxford Handbook on Governance. Her articles have won several awards including the Thorsnes Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship and the Irving Oberman Memorial Award.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Each year, USD educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 30th nationally among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 41st nationally in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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