Ben Sobel

Ben Sobel is a lawyer, a scholar of information law, and a postdoctoral fellow at the Digital Life Initiative at Cornell Tech in New York City and affiliate scholar at the NYU Information Law Institute. His work examines how law and technology construct legal significance out of raw information.

Ben previously served as a law clerk to Chief Judge David Barron and Judge Michael Boudin of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and to Judge Pierre Leval of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He has also served as a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School.

Ben’s scholarship has been cited in briefs submitted to the Supreme Court of the United States, a copyright treatise, and the most recent Economic Report of the President.

Ben is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

For fun, Ben plays music and bakes bread.

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