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The 113th Donahue Lecture: Catherine Fisk

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Professor Catherine Fisk is the author of Writing for Hire: Unions, Hollywood, and Madison Avenue (Harvard University Press 2016), and the prize-winning Working Knowledge: Employee Innovation and the Rise of Corporate Intellectual Property, 1800-1930 (University of North Carolina Press, 2009). The Journal of American History calls the latter book “remarkable… with a fresh perspective on the truly decentralized and diverse mechanisms that led to the corporate control of innovative activity we so often see today.”

Fisk is Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses on workers at both the high and low end of the wage spectrum. She has writ- ten on union organizing among low-wage and immigrant workers as well as on labor issues in the entertainment industry, employee mobility in technology sectors, the rights of employees and unions to engage in political activity, and labor law reform. A past civil appellate attorney at the United States Department of Justice, Professor Fisk has briefed and argued numerous appeals pro bono and has served as a labor arbitrator.