Oliver R. Goodenough
Professor Goodenough's research and writing at the intersection of law, economics, finance, media, technology, neuroscience and behavioral biology make him an authority in several emerging areas of law. He is expert in the impact of digital technology on law, with a particular emphasis on using the computational approaches to create computable contracts and digital business organizations and to improve the support provided by law for innovation and entrepreneurship generally.
His academic appointments reflect the breadth of his studies. At Vermont Law School, he is a Professor of Law. He is also currently affiliated faculty at Stanford’s CodeX Center for Legal Informatice, a Research Fellow of the Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research, and an Adjunct Professor at Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering. He has also been a Faculty Fellow at The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where he was co-director of the Law Lab project, an IPA Researcher and Visiting Fellow at the US Office of Financial Research, a Visiting Research Fellow at the Zoology Department of the University of Cambridge, a Lecturer in Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a Visiting Professor at the Neurological Department of the Charite Medical School of Humboldt University in Berlin. Professor Goodenough has also served as co-director of the Education and Outreach Program of the MacArthur Foundation Law and Neuroscience Project.
Professor Goodenough has written on a wide variety of subjects relating law, business, the internet, and cognitive and behavioral science. His chapter "Digital Firm Formation" in the Kauffman Foundation book Rules for Growth (2011) has sparked reforms in corporate law. Law, Mind and Brain, co-edited with Michael Freeman, was published by Ashgate in February 2009. With Semir Zeki, he edited the 2004 special issue of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society devoted to Law and the Brain, reprinted in book form under that title by Oxford University Press in 2006. He is the co-author of This Business of Television, now in its third edition. His shorter works include articles and chapters on law and neuroscience, intellectual property, the transmission of culture, and, with Richard Dawkins, a report in Nature on chain letters as evolving 'mind viruses'.
Professor Goodenough received his BA from Harvard University and his JD from the University of Pennsylvania. After graduation, he practiced law in New York, first as an associate with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and then with Kay, Collyer & Boose, where he became a partner. In 2000 he won the Lee Loevinger Jurimetrics Research Award for his work on law and neuroscience, in 2002 the Gruter Institute Bene Merenti Award for outstanding achievements in law and behavioral research, and in 2010 the Vermont Law School Richard Brooks Faculty Scholarship Prize for scholarly achievement.
Law and the Architecture of Human Intelligence, in Haft, Fritjof et al. eds., Bausteine zu einer Verhaltungstheorie des Rechts (Nomos, 2001)
"Strategic Mechanisms, Functional Modeling, and Experimental Design for Neurolaw and Property," 3rd Annual Property and Psychology Roundtable Workshop, Syracuse University College of Law, June 16, 2011
Presenter of "Neuroscience and the Ethics of Legal Practice" and panel moderator of "Neuroscience and Decision Making" and "Brains, Behavior and Addiction: Culpability and Punishment," at Law and the Brain, a conference of Public Information Resources, Inc., New York, New York, March 16, 2011
Panelist, "Synthetic Biology Meets the Law," Program of the Biolaw Section, 2011 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools, San Francisco, California, January 5, 2011
Awards & Accomplishments
Lee Loevinger Jurimetrics Research Award, awarded April, 2000 for Mapping Cortical Areas Associated with Legal Reasoning and with Moral Intuition
UNIVERSITY OF PAVIA, Pavia, Italy. Affiliated researcher, 2013-
DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY, OFFICE OF FINANCIAL RESEARCH, Washington, DC. Researcher, Research and Analysis, 2013-
LEXISNEXIS LAW SCHOOL ADVISORY BOARD, Member, 2014 -
SSRN LAW & NEUROSCIENCE EJOURNAL, Co-Editor with Amanda Pustilnik, 2010 - 2012
LEXISNEXIS GLOBAL LEGAL INNOVATION BOARD, Member, 2010 - 2011
Vermont Law School Richard Brooks Faculty Scholarship Prize, given to a faculty member who has consistently exhibited the highest standards of scholarship, announced January 2010 for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 academic years
LEXISNEXIS, New York, New York. Member, Law School Publishing Advisory Board, 2014 -
VERMONT LAW SCHOOL, South Royalton, Vermont. Director, Center for Legal Innovation, 2013- ; Director of Scholarship, 2008-2013; Professor of Law, 1996- ; Associate Professor, 1993-1996; Assistant Professor, 1992-93.
QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON, SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT, CENTRE FOR GLOBALIZATION RESEARCH, London, England. Visiting Fellow, 2007- .
Gruter Institute Bene Merenti Award, for outstanding achievements in law and behavioral research, June, 2002
THE MACARTHUR FOUNDATION RESEARCH NETWORK OF LAW AND NEUROSCIENCE, Vanderbilt University Law School, Nashville, Tennessee. Associate Network Member and Senior Director of Education and Outreach. 2012- .
HARVARD UNIVERSITY, BERKMAN CENTER FOR INTERNET & SOCIETY, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Faculty Associate, 2014 - ; Faculty Fellow, 2007- 2014; Co-Director, Law Lab, 2008 – 2014
CLEARY, GOTTLIEB, STEEN & HAMILTON, New York, New York. Associate, 1978-1981
DARTMOUTH COLLEGE, THAYER SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING, Hanover, New Hampshire. Adjunct Professor, 2006- ;Visiting Professor, 2004-2006