Cardozo's IP+IL faculty members are nationally recognized for their scholarship, research, and teaching skills. This prestigious group is joined by adjunct professors who bring their skills from practice into the classroom.
Jonathan Ashtor is a visiting Professor of Practice. He serves as Counsel in the Corporate Department and a member of the Intellectual Property Group at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. His practice focuses on technology M&A transactions, IP licensing, patent analytics and portfolio monetization. His experience has included major, complex and multi-jurisdictional M&A across a variety of industry sectors, including high-tech, biopharma, industrial chemicals and manufacturing. Jonathan’s expertise also includes complex analytics of patent matters through the use of proprietary models and commercial databases, and he develops new analytics tools through his academic research appointments. His work in this area has won significant awards and been published in peer-reviewed empirical and legal journals. Jonathan received his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, magna cum laude, and his B.S. from the University of Toronto, with honors.
Christopher Buccafusco's research applies social science methods to study legal problems, especially how the law affects creativity, innovation and happiness. His co-authored book, Happiness and the Law, was recently published by the University of Chicago Press. Together with Professor David Schwartz, of Northwestern University’s School of Law, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Professor Buccafusco founded the annual Workshop on Empirical Studies of Intellectual Property, which allows researchers from around the world to present early-stage empirical projects so they can receive feedback before they begin collecting data. His articles have appeared in the California Law Review, Columbia Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, and University of Chicago Law Review. Professor Buccafusco received his B.S. in Science, Technology and Culture from Georgia Tech, his J.D. from the University of Georgia and studied legal history at the University of Chicago.
Professor Michael Burstein’s research focuses on the institutional structures - both private and public - that shape innovation. He writes about the intersections between intellectual property and both corporate law and public law. His writings discuss transactions in information goods, the administrative structure of the patent system, and institutional alternatives to intellectual property, such as prizes. Before joining the Cardozo faculty, Professor Burstein was a Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law School. Following law school, Professor Burstein clerked for Judge A. Raymond Randolph of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and served as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice. He also practiced appellate litigation and telecommunications law at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel PLLC in Washington, D.C., and worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Professor Burstein received a B.A. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, and Ethics, Politics and Economics from Yale University, and a J.D. magna cum laude from the New York University School of Law.
Jeanne Curtis is a Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and the inaugural Director of the Cardozo/Google Program for Patent Diversity. Prior to joining Cardozo’s faculty, Jeanne was a partner at Ropes & Gray and Fish & Neave where she worked on patent and other intellectual property matters. Jeanne received her B.A. from Boston University and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law. She serves as an adjunct at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, teaching patent law.
Gebru specializes in intellectual property law, innovation policy and international trade and development. He has a doctorate in Juridical Sciences from the University of Toronto and is currently finishing a Global Postdoctoral Fellowship at New York University School of Law. He received an LL.M. in intellectual property law and policy from the University of Washington in Seattle and an LL.B. from Haramaya University in Ethiopia.
Gebru has worked for Landesa (formerly the Rural Development Institute), a Seattle-based nonprofit advocating for land rights for the poor, and has interned with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Gebru said, "I love teaching...it allows me to focus on resolving a legal question or a social problem as a neutral researcher attempting to find the best solution; a role that is ever more essential for progress."
Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin is the director of The Indie Film Clinic at Cardozo School of Law, which is supported by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund. Professor Greenberg-Kobrin served as the dean of students at Columbia Law School from 2005 to 2016, where she also taught courses in deals, negotiation and leadership. Prior to her work at Columbia Law, she was an associate at the New York office of Arnold & Porter, where her practice focused on international corporate and securities matters, mergers and acquisitions, sovereign debt issuances and financial institutions. Professor Greenberg-Kobrin also serves as senior fellow and director of the Leadership Program at the Heyman Center on Corporate Governance.
Since its launch in 2011, The Indie Film Clinic has provided free legal services to more than 60 films, with clients screening regularly at leading U.S. and international film festivals including Cannes, Sundance, Berlin, South by Southwest, Rotterdam, the Tribeca Film Festival, the Los Angeles Film Festival, Hot Docs and DOC NYC.
Barbara Kolsun, director of The Fame Center, is a leading fashion industry attorney, an adjunct professor of fashion law at Cardozo Law, and co-editor of the seminal text on the subject, Fashion Law – A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives and Attorneys (Bloomsbury, 2nd Edition, 2014). She is a consultant to fashion companies and has taught at NYU and Fordham Law Schools. Barbara has served as General Counsel of Kate Spade, Stuart Weitzman and Seven for All Mankind, and was Assistant General Counsel of Westpoint Stevens and Calvin Klein Jeans. While in private practice, her clients included Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger. Kolsun currently consults with fashion companies on various issues, and was honored with lifetime achievement awards in 2015 by both the Luxury Summit in London and the World Trademark Forum at INTA. She has served as Chairman of the Board of the International Anticounterfeiting Coalition and has spoken and been published widely on fashion law around the world.
Monroe Price directs Cardozo’s Howard M. Squadron Program in Law, Media and Society, which focuses on transnational studies and the application of new technologies. He also directs the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication and the Stanhope Centre for Communications Policy Research in London, and chairs the Center for Media and Communications at Central European University. His most recent book, Free Expression, Globalism and the New Strategic Communication, was published last year. Professor Price served as Cardozo’s dean from 1982 to 1991, founding director of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford and a member of the faculty of social science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Among his many books are Media and Sovereignty, a treatise on cable television, and Television, the Public Sphere, and National Identity. He graduated magna cum laude from Yale.
Stewart Sterk’s publications span a wide variety of areas, ranging from property and land use regulation to trusts and estates, copyright, and the conflict of laws. He has focused, in particular, on the application of real property doctrines to solve intellectual property problems. A member of the American Law Institute, Professor Sterk served as an advisor in the preparation of the Restatement (Third) of Property (Servitudes). He has co-authored casebooks on trusts and estates and on land use, and also edits the New York Real Estate Law Reporter, a monthly newsletter published with the assistance of Cardozo students. The winner of number of teaching awards at Cardozo, Professor Sterk has taught as a visiting professor at Columbia University and at the University of Pennsylvania. While in law school, he served as managing editor of the Columbia Law Review, and he subsequently clerked for Chief Judge Charles D. Breitel of the New York Court of Appeals.
Sam Weinstein is an assistant professor of law. He joins Cardozo from the U.C. Berkeley School of Law, where from 2015-17 he was a fellow at the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy. Before that, he was an attorney in the Legal Policy Section of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and served as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Division. Professor Weinstein began his career as a litigator at Munger, Tolles & Olson in San Francisco, after serving as a law clerk to Judge Edward R. Becker of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. He is a graduate of Haverford College, and received both his J.D (Order of the Coif) and Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley. His research interests include antitrust, financial regulation, corporate law, and the history of the regulatory state.
Aaron Wright directs Cardozo’s Tech Startup Clinic and is an expert in corporate and intellectual property law, with extensive experience in Internet and new technology issues. Before joining the Cardozo faculty, he co-founded and sold a company to Wikia, Inc., the for-profit version of Wikipedia, running Wikia’s New York office while serving as general counsel and vice president of product and business development. Professor Wright also practiced at several prominent law firms, including Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler and Jenner & Block, and clerked for the Honorable William J. Martini of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. He received his B.A. in history and economics from Tufts University and his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Cardozo Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.
Felix Wu is a Professor of Law and the Faculty Director of the Cardozo Data Law Initiative. Professor Wu draws upon his doctoral degree in computer science in his research at the intersection of freedom of speech, privacy, and intellectual property. His current projects explore how consumer privacy regulation can be reconciled with the First Amendment, and how to regulate predictive algorithms. Professor Wu’s previous work focused on the law and science of anonymization, and on how technical results in the area relate to legal and theoretical concepts of privacy. He has spoken extensively throughout the country about anonymization and privacy to computer scientists, lawyers, and policymakers. Professor Wu received his B.A. in computer science summa cum laude from Harvard University and his J.D. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Janette Payne serves as the administrator of Cardozo’s Intellectual Property + Information Law Program. Prior to joining the program, Janette worked as an adjunct assistant professor at Nassau Community College teaching remedial English. Before retiring from the practice of law, Janette’s legal practice largely focused on publishing and intellectual property law. She worked at the firm of Satterlee Stephens Burke and Burke prior to joining the staff of the Times Mirror Company. She was Vice President and General Counsel of Times Mirror Magazines, Inc., and Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. Janette received her J.D. degree from the New York University School of Law, where she was the Senior Notes and Comments Editor for The Review of Law and Social Change. She received her A.B. degree, English, cum laude, from Princeton University.
Partner, Arshack, Hajeck & Lehrman
B.A., 1978, Brandeis University;
J.D., 1983, Antioch School of Law
Morris E. Cohen
Goldberg Cohen LLP
A.B., 1989, Harvard University;
J.D., 1994, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law/Yeshiva University
Patent Law, Advanced
Thomas A. Crowell
Partner, Saperstein & Crowell, LLP
B.A., 1988, New York University, 1988
J.D., 2002, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law/Yeshiva University
The Indie Film Clinic
Partner, McLaughlin & Stern, LLP
A.B., 1965, John Hopkins University;
LL.B., 1968, Yale University
Music/Copyright and the Intervention of Superior Rights
Vice President & Senior Intellectual Property Counsel, NBA Properties, Inc.
B.A., 1986, Queens College
J.D., 1989, New York University
Frank S. DiGiglio
Vice President, Managing Partner, Scully Scott, Murphy & Presser
B.S., 1975, Boston College;
J.D., 1982, St. John's University
Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Patents
Anthony J. Dreyer
Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom LLP
B.A., 1990, Rutgers University
J.D., 1997, Fordham University
Senior V.P. for Legal Affairs/Corporate Counsel, Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
B.A., 1967, Brooklyn College;
J.D., 1970, New York University
Hanno F. Kaiser
Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
Dr.jur., 1998, University of Bonn
LL.M., 1998, University of California at Davis
Theory and Practice of Antitrust Law
David S. Korzenik
Partner, Miller, Korzenik Sommers LLP
A.B., 1972, Harvard University;
M.A., 1976, Columbia University;
J.D., 1979, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law/Yeshiva University
Entertainment and Media Law
Jo Backer Laird
Partner, Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, LLP
A.B., 1975, M.P.A., 1980, Princeton University;
J.D., 1980, Columbia University
Jeffrey I. D. Lewis
Partner, Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, LLP
B.S.E., 1983, University of Connecticut;
J.D., 1986, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law/Yeshiva University
Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Patents
Associate, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
Ph.D., 1997, Stanford University
J.D., 2005, Fordham University
Transactions Involving Patent Rights
Director, Internet Standards, Technology and Policy Project, Center for Democracy and Technology
B.A., Yale College;
J.D., Yale Law School
Of Counsel, Miller, Korzenik Summers LLP
A.B., 1973, Harvard University
J.D., 1977, Columbia University
Entertainment and Media Law
VP and Senior Counsel, Original Programming, Home Box Office, Inc.
A.B., 1982, Boston College
J.D., 1985, Harvard Law School
Entertainment and Media Law
Peter L. Skolnik
Chair, Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Group, Lowenstein Sandler PC
B.A., 1966, Harvard College
M.F.A., 1968, Columbia University School of the Arts
J.D., 1987, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law/Yeshiva University
John E. Tsavaris II
Counsel, Kenyon & Kenyon
B.S., 1973, Pace University
M.S., 1977, Queens College
Ph.D., 1981, Columbia University
J.D., 1987, Fordham University
Patent Law Practice
Intellectual Property Counsel, IBM
B.S., 1983, Harvard University
Ph.D., 1992, UCLA
J.D., 1997, Columbia University
Technology Licensing Agreements