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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Faculty Lists in IP/Cyberlaw

Various readers (some students, some faculty) expressed interest in seeing more polls regarding faculties in intellectual property/Cyberlaw and in international law.  To avoid embarrassing omissions from the faculty lists (like leaving off Spier in L&E at HLS), I thought I'd invite feedback from readers before launching the poll.  So here are draft lists of faculties in Intellectul Property/Cyberlaw that might rank in the "top ten".  Post your corrections in the comments; signed comments only.

Intellectual Property/Cyberlaw

Harvard:   Yochai Benkler, William Fisher, Lawrence Lessig, Jonathan Zittrain

Yale:  Jack Balkin

Stanford:  Paul Goldstein, Mark Lemley

Chicago:  William Landes (part-time), Jonathan Masur, Randal Picker

Columbia:  Jane Ginsburg, Clarissa Long, Timothy Wu

NYU:  Barton Beebe, Rochelle Dreyfuss, Katherine Strandburg

Michigan:  Susanne Crawford, Rebecca Eisenberg, Jessica Litman, Margaret Jane Radin

Berkeley:  Peter Menell, Robert Merges, Pamela Samuelson

Virginia:  Edmund Kitch, Thomas Nachbar

Penn:  Shyamkrishna Balganesh, R. Polk Wagner, Christopher S. Yoo

Duke:  Jamie Boyle, David Lange, Arti Rai, Jerome Reichman

Georgetown:  Julie Cohen, John R. Thomas, Rebecca Tushnet

UCLA:  Douglas Lichtman, Neil Netanel

Texas:  Robert Bone, Oren Bracha, John M. Golden

UC Davis:  Keith Aoki, Anupam Chander, Leslie Kurtz, Peter Lee, Madhavi Sunder

UC Irvine:  Dan Burk, Anthony Reese

BU:  Wendy Gordon, Maureen O'Rourke

George Washington:  Michael Abramowicz, Martin J. Adelman, Robert Brauneis, John F. Duffy, Orin Kerr, Dawn C. Nunziato, Joan E. Schaffner, Roger Schechter, Jonathan R. Siegel, Daniel Solove, Sonia M. Suter

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Hi Brian. I do teach one course per year at the UVa Law School and am active in other ways, such as speaking for and at the school and participating in events. I am not sure what criteria you have for membership in a faculty. But I do consider myself part of the law faculty ... or more precisely, teaching at the law school is part of me.

Thanks for doing this list!

Posted by: Siva Vaidhyanathan | Oct 7, 2009 6:12:26 AM

Here at Boston College there are three of us who primarily do IP: Alfred Yen, Joseph Liu, and David Olson.

Posted by: David Olson | Oct 7, 2009 9:03:35 AM

I'd like to nominate New York Law School, where I teach, though I'm not one of our cyberlaw/information law folks. They include: Richard Chused, James Grimmelmann, Dan Hunter, Molly Beutz Land, Beth Noveck (on leave in the White House, but a member of our tenured faculty), Rudy Peritz, and Richard Sherwin.

Posted by: Stephen Ellmann | Oct 7, 2009 9:15:29 AM

I'm getting a real kick out of these comments. Many of them remind me of the "IP program" brochures that fill my mailbox from various schools, listing any faculty who have any conceivable connection to IP, no matter how remote (and sometimes imaginary).

So please add Catherine Fisk to the list for UC Irvine. Yes, she's primarily a legal historian and employment law expert. But in that capacity she's done as much or more IP scholarship than many of the suggested additions in the comments so far.

And don't forget to add Christopher Leslie -- he is the co-author of an IP/Antitrust treatise after all.

Give me a minute and I'm sure I can come up with several more colleagues who have mentioned IP or the Internet in their scholarship at some time . . .

Posted by: Dan Burk | Oct 7, 2009 9:24:59 AM

Minnesota has four faculty who teach and write in the area: Tom Cotter, Dan Gifford, Bill McGeveran, and Ruth Okediji.

Posted by: Brett McDonnell | Oct 7, 2009 9:27:21 AM

Oh, and to be fair, you really should add University of Minnesota with Tom Cotter, Ruth Okediji, Bill McGeveran, and Dan Gifford as relevant faculty.

Posted by: Dan Burk | Oct 7, 2009 9:29:18 AM

I have to say I share Professor Burk's concerns about the 'padding' of the lists, but 'padding' usually backfires, especially in a specialist poll (which, alas, this version won't be).

The issue, by the way, is not "fairness," but including faculties in the survey that might rate in the "top ten" in the nation. This will no doubt meaning leaving off faculties that might rate in the top 20 or 25.

Posted by: Brian Leiter | Oct 7, 2009 9:34:47 AM

Brian -- Sorry that I was unclear; by "to be fair" I was primarily refering to myself -- adding another strong IP faculty to the poll is in some ways a statement against interest, but I thought I should advocate adding UMN anyway.

Posted by: Dan Burk | Oct 7, 2009 9:40:32 AM

If we’re reading the categories broadly as it appears we are, I would also add Amy Adler at NYU who has done some work on moral rights and Jed Rubenfeld at Yale. Also, I think Minnesota should be added. Although Minnesota lost Dan Burk, it still has Bill McGeveran, Tom Cotter, and Ruth Okediji. I think adding Cardozo, Fordham, BC and DePaul also makes sense.

Posted by: Jennifer Rothman | Oct 7, 2009 10:01:37 AM

In addition to Rochelle Dreyfuss, Kathy Strandburg, and myself, NYU's "IP/Cyberlaw" faculty includes Amy Adler, Oren Bar-Gill, Harry First, Eleanor Fox, Clayton Gillette, Florencia Marotta-Wurgler, and Diane Zimmerman. Thanks.

Posted by: Barton Beebe | Oct 7, 2009 2:58:47 PM

In addition to the Northwestern faulty mentioned by Matthew Sag (Arewa, DiCola, Jacobi & Tiller), the NU website also includes Clinton Francis, David Dana, & Thomas Morsh as having IP specialties. I am not sure how you are defining cyberlaw, but James Speta's work on telecom and internet regulation may fit this category.

Posted by: www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=599048153 | Oct 7, 2009 4:54:31 PM

If you go for a broad reading, you should add me to the Michigan list since I teach IP and antitrust and write on IP/antitrust intersection issues. Then again, adding me might dilute the Michigan trademark . . .

Posted by: Dan Crane | Oct 7, 2009 6:11:29 PM

Reply to Brian's reply: I'm not sure that it was obvious -- but I take your point.

Posted by: Matthew Sag | Oct 11, 2009 2:59:08 PM

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