Niro Lecture


From Maimonides to Microsoft:
The Jewish Law of Copyright Since the Birth of Print


David Nimmer
Of Counsel, Irell & Manella LLP; Professor from Practice, UCLA School of Law
Neil Netanel
Professor, UCLA School of Law

October 27, 2008
12:15 - 2:00 p.m.
Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies
610 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL


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David Nimmer

David Nimmer

Of Counsel, Irell & Manella LLP; Professor from Practice, UCLA School of Law

David Nimmer is professor from practice at UCLA School of Law and of counsel to Irell & Manella LLP in Los Angeles, and has served as a distinguished scholar at the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. He also was elected to the American Law Institute in 2000. Since 1985, he has updated and revised NIMMER ON COPYRIGHT, the standard reference treatise in the field, which was first published in 1963 by his late father, Professor Melville B. Nimmer. In addition to contributing to other treatises, he has authored numerous law review articles on domestic and international copyright issues. NIMMER ON COPYRIGHT is routinely cited by U.S. and foreign courts at all levels in copyright litigation, and the courts have relied on many of Nimmer’s law review articles. An anthology of his articles, COPYRIGHT: ILLUMINATED: REFOCUSING THE DIFFUSE U.S. STATUTE was published by Kluwer Law International in 2008. In addition to writing and lecturing nationally and internationally in the copyright arena, Nimmer represents clients in the entertainment, publishing and high-technology fields. He received his AB from Stanford University and JD from Yale University, where he served as editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Neil Netanel

Neil Netanel

Professor, UCLA School of Law

Neil Netanel is a professor of law at UCLA School of Law. He writes and teaches in the areas of copyright, international intellectual property, and media and telecommunications. His recent books and book projects include COPYRIGHT’S PARADOX (Oxford University Press 2008); THE DEVELOPMENT AGENDA: GLOBAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND DEVELOPING COUNTRIES (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2008); and FROM MAIMONIDES TO MICROSOFT: THE JEWISH LAW OF COPYRIGHT SINCE THE BIRTH OF PRINT, with David Nimmer (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2010). Prior to joining the UCLA faculty in 2004, Netanel served for a decade on the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, where he was the Arnold, White & Durkee Centennial Professor of Law. From 1980 to 1981, he was assistant to the general counsel of the State of Israel’s Environmental Protection Service. He later practiced law at Loeb & Loeb LLP in Los Angeles and then at Yigal Arnon & Co. in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Netanel received his JSD from Stanford University, JD from UC Berkeley, and BA from Yale University.

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The fee for the luncheon and lecture is $20.

DePaul University College of Law is an accredited Illinois MCLE provider. The Niro Lecture has been approved for 1.5 hours of CLE credit.




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Professor Sarnoff named Edison Scholar.

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15th Annual Niro Distinguished IP Lecture.

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Honorable Paul R Michel(Ret.)
Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Commentator, Honorable James F Holderman
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

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