Creativity, Law and Entrepreneurship Workshop

April 24, 2009 -- University of Wisconsin Law School

Participant Biographical Statements

Updated 2/18/09

Lisa Alexander is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She joined the faculty in Fall 2006. A native New Yorker, Professor Alexander focuses her scholarly interests on the study of transactional legal strategies to foster equitable urban community development that minimizes displacement, mitigates poverty, and promotes racial and social justice. Professor Alexander teaches Contracts, Business Organizations, and Community Economic Development Law.  Professor Alexander graduated from Columbia Law School and Wesleyan University. Professor Alexander practiced in the Chicago Office of Miner, Barnhill & Galland, P.C., where she focused on community economic development, non-profit organizations, affordable and fair housing, and residential and commercial real estate.  She was also awarded a competitive Equal Justice Works Fellowship (formerly NAPIL), and with it, worked as a staff attorney at the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc.  Professor Alexander’s scholarly work includes: A Sociolegal History of Public Housing Reform in Chicago, 17 J. Aff. Hous. & Comm. Dev. L. 155 (Fall 2007/Winter 2008), Stakeholder Participation in New Governance: Lessons From Chicago's Public Housing Reform Experiment, 16 Geo. J. on Poverty L. & Pol’y (forthcoming) (2009), and Predatory Private Equity and Affordable Housing: Legal Solutions to Stem the Gentrification of the Birthplaces of Hip-Hop (work in progress).  Professor Alexander is affiliated with the UW Center on Community Economic Development and is a former Associate Editor of the Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law, a quarterly legal publication of the American Bar Association.

Olufunmilayo (Funmi) Arewa
is Associate Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law. Prior to this she was an assistant professor and assistant director of the Center for Law, Technology, and the Arts at Case School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. Her areas of expertise include intellectual property, international trade and business, business law, entrepreneurship, empirical methods, and finance. Professor Arewa was previously the chief financial officer and general counsel at Boston-based JT Venture Partners, LLC. She has written several articles and presented on issues relating to copyright infringements, securities regulations, and global intellectual property. Professor Arewa holds the following degrees: AB and JD, Harvard University; MA and PhD, University of California, Berkeley; AM, University of Michigan.

Megan M. Carpenter is Associate Professor of Law at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law. Before coming to Texas Wesleyan in 2007, she was a visiting associate professor of law at West Virginia University College of Law and a Doctoral Fellow at St. Thomas University in New Brunswick, Canada. Prior to teaching, Professor Carpenter was in private law practice at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, LLP (now K&L Gates), where she enjoyed a lively practice in the intellectual property practice group, representing technology, multimedia, and sports and entertainment clients in a variety of trademark and copyright issues, including prosecution, licensing, and enforcement of those clients’ intellectual property rights around the world.  Professor Carpenter’s scholarship interests exemplify her commitment to both intellectual property and public service. She has published in the areas of intellectual property and human rights both individually and collectively, including, for example, an examination of copyright legal principles as applied to the works of indigenous peoples. As a lover of pop culture and a child of the 1980s, Professor Carpenter is currently writing an article that examines the intellectual property issues associated with the cultural icon of the “mixed tape.” In addition, among her other achievements, Professor Carpenter was the founder of Coal to Content, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the role of intellectual property in economies transitioning from old to new, from industry and manufacturing to information and invention. As part of this effort, she was the founder and organizer of a seminal conference designed to foster this dialogue, “Coal to Content:  Intellectual Property and Technology in the New Economy,” which took place in Morgantown, West Virginia, in 2006. Professor Carpenter also writes creatively; two of her creative works are being published in 2008 in the Legal Studies Forum. Professor Carpenter received an LL.M. degree from the National University of Ireland at Galway in 2003. She earned her J.D. from the West Virginia University College of Law, where she was executive articles editor for the West Virginia Law Review, the fourth oldest law review in the United States. Professor Carpenter also earned a Master of Arts degree from West Virginia University.

Deven Desai is Associate Professor of Law at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. After Professor Desai graduated from law school, where he was co-editor-in-chief of the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities, he practiced law with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges in Los Angeles. His litigation practice focused on intellectual property, Internet-related disputes, employment law and general business disputes. After leaving Quinn Emanuel, he worked as in-house counsel with technology incubation companies and Mattel, Inc., as a policy and finance consultant for the Cory Booker for Mayor campaign and for Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc., and as the sole contributing editor on the primer Law of Internet Disputes. Professor Desai’s scholarship is in the areas of intellectual property, information theory, Internet-related law, business associations, international business transactions and corporate governance.

William T. Gallagher is an Associate Professor of Law at Golden Gate University School of Law whose areas of specialization include Intellectual Property Law, Litigation, and the Legal Profession. He holds the following degrees: BA, University of California, Berkeley; MA, University of Chicago; JD, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law; PhD, University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. Before joining Golden Gate University, Professor Gallagher was a partner in the San Francisco office of Townsend and Townsend and Crew, specializing in intellectual property and complex business litigation. He also was a lecturer in law and sociology at Santa Clara University for eight years, teaching Intellectual Property Law; Legal Ethics; and Business, Technology, and Society and is a recurring visiting professor of international intellectual property law at Vytautas Magnus University School of Law in Kaunas, Lithuania. Professor Gallagher is the co-founder of the Collaborative Research Network on Intellectual Property Law and Policy for the Law and Society Association. His published articles include "Ideologies of Professionalism and the Politics of Self-Regulation in the California State Bar (Pepperdine Law Review) and "Strategic Intellectual Property Litigation" (Santa Clara Law Review). He is the editor of International Essays in Law and Society: Intellectual Property (Ashgate Press 2007) and a member of the California State Bar.

Shubha Ghosh is a Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School and Associate Director at INSITE. His scholarship and teaching are in the areas of intellectual property theory and policy, competition policy, legal theory, and institutional analysis of markets and legal institutions. Professor Ghosh has published over fifty scholarly articles, book chapters, books, and commentaries. Publishers of his work include, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Business Law, Oregon Law Review, International Review of Law and Economics, San Diego Law Review, Florida Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, Tulane Law Review, Case Western Law Review, Berkeley Technology Law Review, Law & Policy, Buffalo Law Review, Illinois Law Review, The MIT Press, and Cambridge University Press. Most recently, he is the co-author of two legal casebooks: Intellectual Property in Business Organizations (Lexis-Nexis 2006) and Intellectual Property: Private Rights, Public Interest, and The Regulation of Creative Activity (Thomson West 2007). He is under contract to write Global Issues in Patent Law (with Thomson West) and Understanding Agency and Partnership (with Lexis-Nexis). He is currently working on a scholarly book on the role of markets and intellectual property related institutions in international trade and development that synthesizes his scholarly articles.

Christoph-Beat Graber, Professor of Law, is head of the research centre i-call (International Communications and Art Law Lucerne) of the University of Lucerne Faculty of Law and leader of the NCCR eDiversity Project. He teaches in the fields of communications and art law, international trade law and legal sociology. He is member of the Swiss Federal Arbitration Commission for the Exploitation of Author’s Rights and Neighbouring Rights, advisor to various branches of the Swiss Government on matters related to international trade and culture and member of the board of editors of the Swiss journal of communications law “medialex”. He is author of Handel und Kultur im Audiovisionsrecht der WTO (Staempfli 2003), co-editor of Free Trade versus Cultural Diversity: WTO Negotiations in the Field of Audiovisual Services (Schulthess 2004), Digital Rights Management: The End of Collecting Societies? (Staempfli 2005), Interdisziplinäre Wege in der juristischen Grundlagenforschung (Schulthess 2007) and Intellectual Property and Traditional Cultural Expressions in a Digital Environment (Edward Elgar 2008).

Stuart J.H. Graham is a Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Fellow in Social Science and the Law, University of California, Berkeley - School of Law (Boalt Hall), and  Assistant Professor of Strategic Management, College of Management, Georgia Institute of Technology. He teaches and conducts research on intellectual property strategies, entrepreneurship, technology transfer, and the legal environment of business. He received his PhD in business economics at the University of California, Berkeley, and holds advanced degrees in Law (JD), Business (MBA), and Geographical Information Systems (MA). An attorney licensed to practice law in the State of New York, he has written on intellectual property and litigation strategies in the software and biotechnology industries, comparative studies of the U.S. and European patent systems, and the use by companies of patenting and secrecy in their innovation strategies. A selection of his recent publications includes "Software Patents: Good News or Bad News?" in American Enterprise Institute/Brookings Institution Joint Center, Intellectual Property Rights in Frontier Industries: Software and Biotechnology (with D.C. Mowery); "Prospects for Improving U.S. Patent Quality via Post-grant Opposition" in National Bureau for Economic Research (NBER), Innovation Policy and the Economy IV (with B.H. Hall, D. Harhoff, and D.C. Mowery), and "Submarines in Software? Continuations in U.S. Software Patenting in the 1980s and 1990s" in Economics of Innovation and New Technology (with D.C. Mowery). Professor Graham has conducted his research under grants provided by the National Academies of Science, the National Science Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and the OECD, among others. He spent the 2007-2008 academic year at the Boalt Hall School of Law (UC Berkeley) as the Kauffman Foundation Fellow in Social Science and Law at the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology.

Richard Gruner is Professor and Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law at the John Marshall Law School. He holds a BS, California Institute of Technology; JD, University of Southern California Law Center; and LLM, Columbia University School of Law. Prior to coming to John Marshall in 2007, Professor Gruner was on the faculty at the Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, California, where, beginning in 1983, he taught courses in patent law, computers and law, corporate law, and white collar crime. Before joining academia, he was an inside counsel to the IBM Corporation. He has also served as a consultant to the U.S. Sentencing Commission concerning corporate sentencing standards. He is currently completing a PhD program at the University of California, Irvine. Professor Gruner is the co-author of Intellectual Property in Business Organizations: Cases and Materials, a 2006 text that addresses the growing role of intellectual property in the founding, growth, and disposition of business enterprises, and Intellectual Property: Private Rights, the Public Interest, and the Regulation of Creative Activity, published in 2007. His article on “Corporate Patents: Optimizing Organizational Responses to Innovation Opportunities and Invention Discoveries” was rated by the editors of Intellectual Property Law Review as “One of the Best Articles on Intellectual Property” published in 2005-2006.

Debora J. Halbert is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Hawai’i. Prior to joining the faculty at Manoa, she was Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of History and Political Science at Otterbein College in Ohio. Professor Halbert has specialized in intellectual property issues, and her articles on the topic have appeared in International Journal of the Semiotics of Law, The Information Society, and Technological Forecasting and Social Change. She is the author of Intellectual Property in the Information Age: The Politics of Expanding Property Rights (Quorum 1999) and Resisting Intellectual Property (Routledge 2005).

Steven Hetcher is a Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University Law School. His research focuses on the role of social norms in the law and challenges the economic account of custom and tort law and the norms-based theories of first-generation law and economics. His scholarship also concentrates on the internet, intellectual property and privacy. Professor Hetcher joined the Vanderbilt law faculty in 1998 after practicing at Arnold & Porter. He holds a J.D. from Yale University, Ph.D. (Philosophy) from the University of Illinois, M.A. (Public Policy) from the University of Chicago, and B.A. from the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of numerous publications including Norms in a Wired World (Cambridge University Press, 2004).

Darian Ibrahim is Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Prior to joining the Wisconsin faculty in Fall 2008, he taught at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. While at Arizona, Professor Ibrahim was voted the Teacher of Year (2006-2007) by the student body and co-created and co-directed the University’s Business/Law Exchange. Professor Ibrahim’s scholarly interests include corporate and securities law and the intersection of law and entrepreneurship. His current research analyzes and compares the various financing options that are available to high-tech start-ups, including angel finance and venture capital. He has current articles on angel investing, Delaware corporate law, and a macro look at the field of law and entrepreneurship (with Gordon Smith) in the Vanderbilt, Iowa, and Arizona law reviews. At Wisconsin Professor Ibrahim teaches classes in business organizations (public corporations), securities regulation, and a seminar in law and entrepreneurship. Professor Ibrahim is a 1999 graduate of Cornell Law School (magna cum laude), where he was Articles Editor of the Cornell Law Review, Order of the Coif, and a recipient of the Fredric H. Weisberg Prize for Constitutional Law. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University in 1996 (magna cum laude) and was the recipient of a number of honors, including an internship with Dow Chemical Company.

Jeffrey Lipshaw is Associate Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Michigan and is a graduate of Stanford Law School. Following law school graduation, Professor Lipshaw practiced with the law firm of Dykema Gossett of Detroit, Bloomfield Hills and Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he represented technology start-ups. He has also served as a vice president and general counsel for two corporations. In 2005, he moved from the corporate world to teach as a visiting professor at Wake Forest University School of Law and later at Tulane University Law School. At Suffolk University Law School, Professor Lipshaw teaches Agency, Partnership & the LLC and Securities Regulation. He has written extensively on the intersection of law, uncertainty, contracts, and judgment in business transactions, including “Why the Law of Entrepreneurship Barely Matters," forthcoming W. New Eng. L. Rev. (2009), "Law's Illusion:  Scientific Jurisprudence and the Struggle with Judgment" (2008) (working paper), and "Contracts and Contingency: A Philosophy of Complex Business Transactions," 54 DePaul L. Rev. 1077 (2005).

Robin Paul Malloy is the E.I. White Chair and Distinguished Professor of Law, and Founding Director of the Center on Property, Citizenship, and Social Entrepreneurism at Syracuse University College of Law. He also is holds a courtesy appointment as Professor of Economics at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He holds a B.S., Purdue University; J.D., University of Florida; and LL.M., University of Illinois. Professor Malloy writes extensively on law and market theory and on real estate transactions and development. He has 11 books in print, more than 25 articles, and has contributed to 10 other books. His books include, among others: Law in a Market Context: An Introduction to Market Concepts in Legal Reasoning (Cambridge 2004); Law and Market Economy: Reinterpreting the Values of Law and Economics (Cambridge 2000) (now translated into Chinese and Spanish); Real Estate Transactions 3rd Ed. (with James C. Smith, Aspen Law Publishers, 2007); Law and Economics: A Comparative Approach to Theory and Practice (West 1990) (now translated into Japanese); Planning for Serfdom: Legal Economic Discourse and Downtown Development (Penn 1990). He is series editor for Disability Law and Policy (with Peter Blanck, Cambridge 2007-Present); and Law, Property and Society (Ashgate Publishing 2006-Present). He is a past Chair of the Association of American Law Schools, Sections on Real Estate Transactions, and Section on Law and Humanities. He was the 1996-97, Sun Life Research Fellow at Mansfield College, Oxford University.

Sean O’Connor is Co-Director of the Graduate Program in Intellectual Property Law and Policy and Faculty Director of the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic and Associate Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law. Professor O'Connor specializes in intellectual property and business law involving biotechnology, cyberspace/ information technology, and new media/digital arts. He holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School, M.A. (Philosophy) from Arizona State University, and B.A. (History) from University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is Of Counsel to Seed IP Law Group. Professor O'Connor is also Associate Director, Center for Advanced Studies and Research on IP (CASRIP); Faculty Fellow, Institute for Public Health Genetics; Faculty Fellow, Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship; and Faculty Fellow, Economics Policy Research Center. He has written numerous articles and book chapters, and is co-author of Genetic Technologies and the Law (with Patricia Kuszler & Katherine Battuello; Carolina Academic Press 2007).

Ted M. Sichelman is currently the Kauffman Foundation Legal Research Fellow at the University of California, School of Law, and will begin as an assistant professor at the University of San Diego School of Law in fall 2009. His current research efforts examine the effects of the patent system on entrepreneurial companies, the role of patent law in the commercialization of inventions, and the application of quantum game theory to intellectual property law. Previously, Sichelman practiced in the areas of intellectual property litigation and transactions, appellate litigation, and venture capital finance at the law firms of Heller Ehrman and Irell & Manella. Before practicing, he founded and ran a venture-backed software company, Unified Dispatch. Sichelman designed the company's software and is named lead inventor on two filed patents. He also clerked for Judge A. Wallace Tashima of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He holds a J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School; an M.S. in physics from Florida State University; and an A.B. in philosophy, with distinction, from Stanford University.

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