What drew you to the law?
Law provides the structural foundation on which our society is built and through which it operates. I grew up in an environment where I saw the influence of politics on the lives of people, in both negative and positive ways. It seemed to me that an understanding of legal principles was key if I wanted to influence change, to work for things that matter — to have a voice in realizing a vision. Law is the instrumentality of change.
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I am incredibly passionate about what I do. I love the students, the energy of the classroom, the flow of ideas and the transformation of student to lawyer. And, as each semester draws to a close, I realize anew how fortunate I am to share a room with these bright minds for a time. I love the community that we build over the course of the semester, collectively engaged in intellectual exercise.
What do you hope students gain from your courses?
My classes are a healthy mix of the theoretical and the practical. I want students to push the boundaries of their analytical thinking. But I also want them to be able to apply what they are learning to real-world situations. As Ben Franklin said, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn.”
What did you do prior to entering academia?
I practiced law in the intellectual property practice group of a top-20 law firm, helping corporate, multimedia, entertainment and technology clients strategize, protect and enforce their IP rights around the world.
What are you passionate about outside of the law?
Art, music, cooking, children, natural health, hiking, writing and craft whiskeys.
What are your research interests?
My research focuses on intellectual property issues, often challenging the parameters of IP law vis-à-vis contemporary cultural norms and practices. I also focus a great deal of my work on assisting entrepreneurs and other underserved legal communities, including artists and musicians, with an understanding of IP concepts and strategies.