Justin (Gus) Hurwitz Professor of Law, The Menard Director of the Nebraska Governance and Technology Center, and Co-Director of Space, Cyber, and Telecom Law Program
Professor Justin (Gus) Hurwitz work’s builds on his background in law, technology, and economics to consider the interface between law and technology and the role of regulation in high-tech industries. He has a particular expertise in telecommunications law and technology, including data- and cybersecurity, and was recognized as a Cyber Security & Data Privacy Trailblazer by the National Law Journal. His work has appeared in the Brooklyn, Connecticut, DePaul, George Mason, Iowa, Michigan State, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, and other law reviews and journals.
He is the The Menard Director of the Nebraska Governance and Technology Center and the Co-Director of the Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law Program. Since joining the College of Law Faculty, his work has been cited by the FCC, FTC, Federal District and Circuit judges, and United States Senators, and he has spoken or testified before the Senate Commerce Committee, FCC and FTC, the United States Army's 7th Signal Command, and German and Colombian competition regulators.
He is also the Director for Law and Economics Programing with the International Center for Law & Economics (ICLE), a think tank based in Portland, Oregon, where he directs a new law and economics-focused research program and helps to translate academic research into applied policy issues. He also is, or has been, affiliated with the Classical Liberal Institute at New York University School of Law, the National Security Institute at George Mason University, and the American Enterprise Institute.
Professor Hurwitz previously was the inaugural Research Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition (CTIC), prior to which he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at George Mason University Law School. From 2007–2010 he was a Trial Attorney with the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division in the Telecommunications and Media Enforcement Section.
Professor Hurwitz has a background in technology having worked at Los Alamos National Lab and interned at the Naval Research Lab prior to law school. During this time his work was recognized by organizations such as the Federal Laboratory Consortium, R&D Magazine, Los Alamos National Lab, IEEE & ACM, and the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California. In addition, he held an Internet2 Land Speed World Record with the Guinness Book of World Records.
Professor Hurwitz received his JD from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was an articles editor on the Chicago Journal of International Law and received Olin and MVP2 law and economics scholarships. He also holds an MA in Economics from George Mason University. He received his BA from St. John’s College.
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John P. Lenich Earl Dunlap Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus
Professor Lenich joined the faculty of the College of Law in 1984 and taught for 36 years before retiring in 2019. Among the courses he taught were Antitrust, Appellate Advocacy, Federal Courts, Civil Procedure, and Remedies. He also served as the Coach of the College’s National Moot Court Team from 1988 to 2007, as the Faculty Advisor to the Nebraska Moot Court Board from 1994 to 2002, and as a Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs from 2017 to 2018.
Despite his retirement, Lenich remains active in the Bar and the University. He currently serves as the Civil Reporter of the Nebraska Supreme Court Committee on Practice and Procedure, as a member of the Uniform Law Commission, as a member of the ASUN Electoral Commission, and as the Faculty Advisor to the Graduate Student Assembly.
Lenich grew up on the South Side of Chicago, where he attended elementary and high school. More than once, however, he skipped school so that could take in a White Sox game at Comiskey Park. After graduating from law school, Lenich practiced law with the Los Angeles firm of O’Melveny & Myers where he specialized in antitrust and energy litigation. He became a Husker fan shortly after he joined the faculty and has remained a fan (although a disappointed one) to this day.