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Sonia Katyal Appointed Joseph M. McLaughlin Professor Of Law At Fordham Law School

Sonia Katyal in citybizlist, July 28, 2011

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New York, NY - Fordham Law School announced today that Sonia Katyal has been appointed the Joseph M. McLaughlin Professor of Law.

Katyal takes on this prominent position upon the retirement of Fordham Law professor Maria Marcus. The award is named in honor of Joseph M. McLaughlin of the United States Court of Appeals and former dean of Fordham Law School from 1971 - 1981. Katyal's appointment is a reflection of her outstanding work and contributions to both Fordham Law School and to the field of legal scholarship.

"I am delighted to recognize Professor Katyal's exemplary scholarship with this appointment," said Fordham Law Dean Michael M. Martin. "Our School's intellectual property program is immeasurably enriched by her award-winning work focused on the intersection of art, technology, and civil rights."

Professor Katyal's scholarly work focuses on intellectual property, civil rights, and new media. Her articles have been published in prominent legal publications and have garnered numerous awards, including honorable mention in the 2006 American Association of Law Schools Scholarly Papers Competition, the 2004 Cybercrime Award from the Yale Journal of Law and Technology, and the 2002 Dukeminier award from the Williams project at UCLA. In addition, her article "Stealth Marketing and Antibranding: The Love that Dare Not Speak Its Name," was selected as one of the best articles in media and entertainment law for 2010 and will be included in the 2011 Entertainment Publishing and the Arts Handbook (West).

Her most recent book, Property Outlaws (Yale University Press, 2010), co-authored with Eduardo Peñalver, explores, in part, how changes in new media alter the balance between law, technology, and property entitlements. Her forthcoming book, Contrabrand (Yale University Press, 2012), studies the relationship between trademark law, advertising, freedom of artistic expression, and brand equity. It was funded in part by The Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant-the first such grant ever awarded to a law professor. Two other book projects include a casebook on cultural property (co-authored with Angela Riley and Kristen Carpenter, to be published by Aspen) and a handbook on law and art (coauthored with Christine Farley, to be published by Elgar Press).

Katyal joined Fordham Law in 2002. Previously she specialized in intellectual property litigation at Covington & Burling. She received her A.B. from Brown University and J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. Following law school Katyal clerked for Hon. Carlos Moreno (later a California Supreme Court Justice) of the Central District of California; and for Hon. Dorothy Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.