Eben Moglen


2005-, Founding Director, Software Freedom Law Center

1994-, Professor of Law, Columbia Law School.

1987-94, Associate Professor of Law, Columbia Law School.

1986-87, Law Clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall, United States Supreme Court.

1985-86, Law Clerk to Judge Edward Weinfeld, United States District Court, Southern District of New York.

1984, Associate, Cravath Swaine & Moore, New York.

1983, IBM Corporation, Armonk, New York, Associate Corporation Counsel

1979-84, IBM Corporation, San Jose, California, Programmer/Analyst, Programming Language Research & Development.


2005-, Founding Director, Software Freedom Law Center

1993-2006, General Counsel, Free Software Foundation


1993, Yale University, Ph.D. with Distinction in History

1985, Yale University, J.D.; M.Phil. in History (with honors) Articles Editor, Yale Law Journal, Vol. 93.

1976-80, Swarthmore College. A.B. (High Honors), 1980. Phi Beta Kappa. Philip Hicks Prize, Literary Criticism.

Bar Admissions

New York, 1988; US Supreme Court, 1993

Visiting Professorships

Harvard Law School, 1994-95
University of Virginia Law School, Fall 1993
Tel-Aviv University Faculty of Law, Spring-Summer 1991

Selected Publications

Anarchism Triumphant: Free Software and the Death of Copyright, First Monday (August, 1999)

The Invisible Barbecue, 97 Colum. L. Rev. 945 (1997).

R. Helmholz, C.M. Gray, J.H. Langbein, E. Moglen, et al., The Privilege Against Self-Incrimination: Its Origins and Development (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1997).

Zapf & Moglen, Linguistic Indeterminacy and the Rule of Law: On the Perils of Misunderstanding Wittgenstein, 84 Geo. L. Rev. 485 (1996).

Holmes's Legacy and the New Constitutional History, 108 Harv. L. Rev. 2027 (1995).

Considering Zenger: Partisan Politics and the Legal Profession in Colonial New York, 94 Colum. L. Rev. 1495 (1994).

Taking the Fifth: Reconsidering the History of the Privilege Against Self-Incrimination, 92 Mich. L. Rev. 1086 (1994).

Towards a New Deal Legal History, 80 Va. L. Rev. 263 (1994).

Settling the Law: Legal Development in New York, 1664-1776 (Ph.D. diss., Yale University, 1993).

A Vigil For Thurgood Marshall, 93 Colum. L. Rev. 1061 (1993).

The Incompleat Burkean: Bruce Ackerman's New Constitutional History, 5 Yale J. Law & Humanities 532 (1993).

The Transformation of Morton Horwitz (Book Review), 93 Colum. L. Rev. 1042 (1993).

Legal Fictions and Common Law Legal Theory: Some Historical Reflections, 10 Tel-Aviv Univ. Stud. in L. 35 (1991).

The New Historiography of Colonial Criminal Law (Review Essay), 1 Georgia J. Southern Leg. Hist. 175 (1991).

John Reid's American Revolution (Book Review), 9 Law & Hist. Rev. 389 (1991).

Moglen & Pierce, Sunstein's New Canons: Choosing the Fictions of Statutory Construction, 90 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1203 (1990).

Jewishness and the American Constitutional Tradition: The Cases of Brandeis and Frankfurter (Book Review), 89 Colum. L. Rev. 959 (1989).

Note, Commercial Arbitration in the Eighteenth Century: Looking for the Transformation of American Law, 93 Yale L.J. 135 (1983).