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Steven Wilf

Steven R. Wilf is a Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law. He is an expert on intellectual property law, historical jurisprudence, and legal history.

Professor Wilf was born in Philadelphia, and earned his J.D. from

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The Law Before the Law (2008).

Law's Imagined Republic: Popular Politics and Criminal Justice in Revolutionary America (2010).


From his eighteenth-century American scholarship, his study of how pre-Sinai Jewish law was interpreted across two millennia of thinking about the law before the Torah, and his essays on nineteenth-century historical jurisprudence, he is best known for advocating a legal history of the imagination, arguing that legal historians should look at how law was envisioned in all its possibilities, even fanciful constructions of normative principles, rather than simply limit themselves to positive law created by legislatures or courts.

Professor Wilf's earlier scholarship examined the late eighteenth-century emergence of a rich vernacular legal language in the area of criminal law, which was intimately connected to American patriot agitation against the British in the course of the American Revolution. He has argued that America's later legal development should be rooted in this formative period rather than in court-based interpretation of the United States Constitution. He addressed the question of how to understand law before a law giving moment in his book, The Law Before the Law.

In Intellectual Property law, where he has written on trade secret, trademark, copyright, and patent laws, his work has focus ed largely on the role of culture in shaping doctrinal legal rules. More recently, he has written on the history of Intellectual Property law.[4] As in other areas of his legal historical work, he has identified the contingent elements of historical development, and seeks to unpack alternative normative outcomes.

[3].Chicago-Kent College of Law and taught at United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit for the law clerk Prior to coming to Connecticut, where he was one of the founders of the Intellectual Property Program, Professor Wilf was a [2].Smithsonian Institution In 2011-2012, he was a Lemelson Fellow at the [1]

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