Jurisdiction II: Global Networks/Local Rules
September 11-12, 2000
San Francisco, CA
Henry H. Perritt, Jr.
Dean, Vice President for the Downtown Campus, and Professor
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
As dean of Chicago-Kent College of Law and vice president of the Downtown Campus of Illinois Institute of Technology, Dean Perritt has emphasized the dual roles of American law schools as developers of both intellectual and human capital: intellectual capital in the form of faculty scholarship, law reform and policy development, and human capital in the form of law school graduates who are educated to function effectively in a changing profession. He has been responsible for the establishment of the Institute for Science, Law and Technology, a university-wide framework for faculty, student, and professional collaboration at the intersections of technology and law. He has increased Chicago-Kent's involvement in international affairs, making it possible for groups of law and engineering students to work together in using the Internet to build a rule of law, promote the free press, and provide refugee aid in the former Yugoslavia through "Project Bosnia" and "Operation Kosovo," and building new links with educational and governmental institutions in China, and helping to lead the Global Chicago project, with support from the MacArthur Foundation.
Before coming to Chicago-Kent in June 1997, Dean Perritt was a member of the faculty of Villanova University School of Law for more than 15 years, where he designed a course in computer applications for lawyers and ran an Internet server specializing in public agency information and practitioner access in addition to his regular teaching duties.
Dean Perritt is the author of more than 70 law review articles and 15 books on technology and law and employment law, including the 730-page Law and the Information Superhighway. He served on President Clinton's Transition Team, working on telecommunications issues, and drafted principles for electronic dissemination of public information, which formed the core of the Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments adopted by Congress in 1996. During the Ford Administration, he served on the White House staff as deputy under secretary of labor. He has been appointed to a National Research Council committee on "Global Networks and Local Values." He is a member of the bars of Virginia, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Illinois and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and of The Economic Club.
Dean Perritt earned his B.S. degree in engineering from MIT in 1966, a master's degree in management from MIT's Sloan School in 1970, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1975.