Gregory Silverman

Gregory Silverman

Professor Emeritus

 Sullivan Hall 412


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  • Electronic Commerce/Cyberspace
  • Federal Indian Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Jurisprudence
  • Property


  • A.B., cum laude, Vassar College, 1978
  • Graduate Fellow Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1978-79
  • M.A. (1984), M.Phil. (1991) and J.D. (1987) Columbia University; President’s Fellow; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Columbia Law Review
  • Clerk to Judge Raymond J. Pettine, U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island
  • Admitted to practice in Massachusetts; U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts; and the U.S. Supreme Court


Professor Silverman in an enrolled member of the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut, a federally recognized, sovereign Indian Nation of the Mohegan people. In addition to being a tenured member of the law faculty, for the past 15 years, Professor Silverman has been an active tribal judge sitting as an appellate justice on tribal courts throughout the Pacific Northwest with the Northwest Intertribal Court System. Two judicial opinions authored by Judge Silverman have been included in the leading casebook on American Indian Tribal Law. One opinion concerned land use and zoning law, which he wrote while sitting as a justice on the Court of Appeals of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington. The second opinion, which he penned while sitting as a justice on the Court of Appeals of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, dealt with the Tribal constitutional right of privacy in the context of drug testing Tribal shellfish divers.

Since joining the faculty of Seattle University School of Law in 1999, Professor Silverman has taught courses on Property Law, Tribal Law, Intellectual Property, the Law of Trade Secrets, Video Game Law, and the Law of Electronic Commerce as well as seminars on various topics in jurisprudence and legal theory, including Game Theory & the Law, Neuroscience & the Law, Postmodern Legal Theory, and Rethinking Legal Responsibility in the Age of Neuroscience. He has written two books on electronic commerce, intellectual property and the Internet as well as articles on technology, the law of privacy and the judicial system, jurisprudence, and legal education.

Prior to joining the law faculty, Professor Silverman practiced law in Massachusetts with a focus on land use, fisheries and environmental law. During this period, Professor Silverman was appointed as the Commissioner for the Town of Falmouth to and ultimately became chair of the Cape Cod Commission, a land use and regulatory agency created by the Massachusetts state legislature that has been showcased by the United Nations as a model for government land use planning and management in a democracy. Professor Silverman has also been a Guest Investigator at the Marine Policy Center of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago, a recipient of the Max Rheinstein Research Fellowship in Law of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and a visiting legal scholar for two years at the Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany.



2004 Supplement to Internet Commerce: The Emerging Legal Framework (2004).

2003 Supplement to Internet Commerce: The Emerging Legal Framework (2003).

Teacher’s Manual to Internet Commerce: The Emerging Legal Framework (2003).

Intellectual Property and the Internet (Foundation Press 2003) (with Margaret Jane Radin and John A. Rothchild).

Internet Commerce: The Emerging Legal Framework (Foundation Press 2002).


Rise of the Machines: Justice Information Systems and the Question of Public Access to Court Records over the Internet, 79 Wash. L. Rev. 175 (2004).

Imperatives, Normativity, and the Law, 31 Conn. L. Rev. 601 (1999).

Dualistic Legal Phenomena and the Limitations of Positivism, 86 Colum. L. Rev. 823 (1986).