Faculty

Judge Dee Benson
Judge Dee Benson is a district court judge for the United States District Court of Utah. He joined the court in 1991 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush. Prior to appointment, Benson was a US Attorney for the District of Utah. Benson started his career as a Private practice attorney in the State of Utah from 1976 to 1984. In 1984, Benson moved to Washington, DC and became Lead Counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committie's Constitution Subcommittee from 1984 to 1986. In 1986, Benson became Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah until 1988. Judge Benson also teaches at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah.

Professor Dan L. Burk (Patents, Technology and Society)
Dan Burk is the Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine, where he teaches courses in patent, copyright, and biotechnology law. An internationally prominent authority on issues of intellectual property, he is the author of numerous papers on the legal and societal impact of new technologies, including articles on scientific misconduct, on the regulation of biotechnology, and on the intellectual property implications of global computer networks. Professor Burk holds a B.S. in Microbiology (1985) from Brigham Young University, an M.S. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (1987) from Northwestern University, a J.D. (1990) from Arizona State University, and a J.S.M. (1994) from Stanford University. He has previously taught at the University of Minnesota, Seton Hall University, George Mason University, Cardozo Law School, University of Toronto, the University of California, Berkeley, the Ohio State University Programme at Oxford, and at the Program for Management in the Network Economy at the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Piacenza, Italy.

Judge Edward Damich
Judge Edward Damich is a federal judge for the United States Court of Federal Claims. He joined the court in 1998 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. Prior to joining the court, Judge Damich served as Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee, and as Commissioner of the Copyright Royalty Tribunal. He has taught at Catholic University, GW Law, Georgetown University Law Center, George Mason University and Widener University.

Professor Kristelia Garcia (Artistic Freedom and Control in Copyright)
Kristelia García is a Visiting Associate Professor and the Frank H. Marks Fellow in Intellectual Property. Her research is focused on the intersection of law and technology, especially as pertains to digital music and copyright. Before coming to GW Law, Professor García worked in the music industry in Los Angeles; first at Quinn Emanuel where she served as outside counsel to Napster, then as Director of Business Development in charge of content licensing at MySpace Music, and most recently in digital strategy as Director at Universal Music Group. Prior to her work in music, Professor García was an Associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York.

Professor García graduated cum laude from Columbia University, where she received a B.A. in Economics and was the recipient of both a Kluge Scholarship and the King’s Crown Award for leadership in public service. Professor García attended Yale Law School, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal for Law & Technology and was a co-founder of Yale Law School’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Professor Rob Heverly (Internet Law)
Robert Heverly's is an Assistant Professor of Law at Albany Law School of Union University in Albany, NY. Professor Heverly's research and teaching interests span property and land use law, intellectual and property and copyright law, and cyberspace and communications law. Most recently a visiting professor of law at Michigan State University College of Law, he was previously lecturer in law and director of the LL.M. Programme in Information, Technology and Intellectual Property at the Norwich Law School of the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, and fellow with the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, where he retains an affiliation as a faculty fellow. From 1992-2001, he served as Assistant Director of Albany Law School's Government Law Center.

Professor Michael Madison (Theoretical Foundations of Intellectual Property)
Michael Madison is Associate Professor of Law at University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he teaches courses in copyright law, trademark law, foundations of intellectual property, and contracts. He has written widely in copyright and internet law and related areas. Before joining the Pittsburgh faculty in 1998, Professor Madison was a Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law School, and practiced law at Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich in Palo Alto and at Shartsis, Friese & Ginsburg in San Francisco. He received his J.D. with distinction from Stanford Law School and his B.A. magna cum laude from Yale University.

Chief Judge Randall R. Rader
Chief Judge Randall R. Rader was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by President George H. W. Bush in 1990 and assumed the duties of Chief Circuit Judge on June 1, 2010. He was appointed to the United States Claims Court (now the U. S. Court of Federal Claims) by President Ronald W. Reagan in 1988. Chief Judge Rader’s most prized title may well be “Professor Rader.” As a professor, he has taught courses on patent law and other advanced intellectual property courses at The George Washington University Law School, University of Virginia School of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center, and other university programs in Tokyo, Taipei, New Delhi, and Beijing. Chief Judge Rader has also co-authored several texts including the most widely used textbook on U. S. patent law, “Cases and Materials on Patent Law,” (St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson/West 3d ed. 2009) and “Patent Law in a Nutshell,” (St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson/West 2007) (translated into Chinese and Japanese).

Professor Catherine Sun (Chinese Intellectual Property Law)
Catherine Sun is the founder and Managing Director of China IP Limited, a firm based in Hong Kong, China. Prior to founding her own firm, Ms. Sun was the Chair of Asia Practice and Managing Partner of a US law firm in Shanghai for more than four years. Prior to that, she was heading IP practice for major Wall Street and Hong Kong firms for more than five years. Ms. Sun also spent seven years litigating patents in Washington DC area before returning to Asia in 2002. In the early 1990s, Ms. Sun practiced IP law in Beijing. She co-founded the China Software Alliance (CSA) in 1994 and served as CSA’s first Deputy Secretary General from 1994 to 1995. Ms. Sun is the author of numerous publications on Chinese intellectual property law, including a 2004 book entitled “China Intellectual Property for Foreign Business” and a 2010 book entitled “China Trade Secret Protection Practice & Strategy,” both published by LexisNexis. Ms. Sun is qualified in US (New York and Virginia), Mainland China and Hong Kong. She received her LL.M. degree from the George Washington University Law School and earned her LL.B. degree from Peking University, with honors.


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