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How the Hidden Rules of Ownership Control Our Lives
Wednesday, June 09, 2021, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
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Yale Club of DC Virtual Event 


How the Hidden Rules of Ownership Control Our Lives:
A Conversation with 
Michael Heller and James Salzman '85 


Wednesday, June 9, 2021



This meeting will be conducted on Zoom

Instructions will be provided upon registration

When is it okay to recline your airplane seat? Why does HBO want you to share your password illegally? What do you really own when you click the “buy now” button? And why can’t you sell your spare kidney?

In this webinar, Prof. Michael Heller and Prof. Jim Salzman will explore fun, surprising, and often infuriating real-life stories that reveal who gets what in the 21st century. Remarkably, there are just a handful of simple stories that everyone uses to claim everything. These are the stories kids use to solve fights on the playground – and they offer our best chance to address really big problems like preserving online freedom, cooling our warming planet, and curbing America’s new wealth aristocracy.

Ownership shapes every single day of our lives. Every minute! Savvy owners choose the story that steers us to do what they want. But don’t be fooled. Ownership is always up for grabs and the prize goes to those who know how its hidden rules really work.

Cosponsored by:
  • Columbia Alumni Association of Washington, D.C.
  • Harvard Club of Washington, D.C. 

About the Speakers

Michael Heller is one of the world’s leading authorities on ownership, on who gets what and why. He is the Lawrence A. Wien Professor of Real Estate Law at Columbia Law School where he has served as the Vice Dean for Intellectual Life. His writings range over innovation and entrepreneurship, corporate governance, biomedical research policy, real estate development, African-American and Native American land ownership, and post-socialist economic transition. In each area, Heller helps people see and cure ownership dilemmas no one had previously noticed. Heller has taught at Michigan, NYU, UCLA, and Yale Law Schools. (Follow him on social media at: FBTWLIIN.

James Salzman is one of the world’s leading environmental theorists. He is the Donald Bren Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law with joint appointments at the UCLA School of Law and at the School of the Environment at UC Santa Barbara. An international expert on drinking water, he frequently appears as a media commentator and has lectured on every continent except Antarctica. He has taught at Yale, Stanford, Duke, and Harvard as well as at universities in Australia, China, Israel, Italy, Portugal, and Sweden. In nine books and more than ninety articles and book chapters, his broad-ranging scholarship has addressed topics ranging from water to wildlife, from climate change to creating markets for ecosystems.

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The Yale Club of Washington, DC offers this event at no cost to our members and alumni.  However, we do ask for your support in one or both of the following ways:

1)      Please become a member if you are not one already

2)      Donate to the Yale Club of Washington, DC (see option on registration page). 

Membership dues and donations are both critical income sources for the Club, which enable Club operations, programs, and financial viability.



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