Faculty & Administration
Roberta Rosenthal Kwall
Roberta Rosenthal Kwall is the Raymond P. Niro Professor of Intellectual Property Law at DePaul University College of Law. Prior to teaching at DePaul, she practiced law at Sidley & Austin in Chicago, and clerked for Judge Leonard I. Garth, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Kwall earned her JD from the University of Pennsylvania, where she served as the Comment Editor of the Law Review. She received her AB magna cum laude from Brown University, where she majored in Religion and American Civilization. While at Brown, she was awarded the Bishop McVickar Prize in Biblical Literature and elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Kwall is an internationally recognized scholar in intellectual and real property law and has written more than 25 law review articles and two casebooks in these areas. She recently published a book by Stanford University Press entitled THE SOUL OF CREATIVITY: FORGING A MORAL RIGHTS LAW FOR THE UNITED STATES. Her most recent scholarship explores the intersection between intellectual property, cultural property and Jewish law. Currently, she also is working on a book, AUTHENTICITY OF THE CHOSEN: A CULTURAL ANALYSIS OF JEWISH LAW, to be published by Oxford University Press. Kwall has studied at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and currently is pursuing a doctorate in Jewish Studies at the Spertus College of Judaica. Her family is affiliated with several Traditional and Conservative synagogues in the Chicagoland area, and over the past few years she has lectured at several synagogues in Chicago and other cities. In 2006, she was designated as one of the 10 Best Law Professors in Illinois by Chicago Lawyer magazine. Kwall’s papers can be viewed on Social Science Research Network (SSRN) at ssrn.com/author=345249.
Show # 111, April 28 Stanford University Radio Program interview with Professor Bobbi Kwall of DePaul University College of Law, author of The Soul of Creativity. Professor Kwall has written an insightful analysis of how the United States can implement moral rights, grounding her legal argument in a theoretical conception which includes theological perspectives.
Steven H. Resnicoff
Steven H. Resnicoff is a professor of law at DePaul University. Prior to moving to Chicago, Resnicoff practiced commercial law in Maryland and New Jersey. He earned his BA from Princeton University, where he majored in the special undergraduate program of the Woodrow Wilson School for Public & International Affairs, was named a Woodrow Wilson School Scholar and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Resnicoff received his JD from Yale University, where, among other things, he served as an assistant to the chair of Yale University’s Advisory Committee on Investor Responsibility. After graduating from Yale, Resnicoff earned his rabbinic degree from the Lakewood Yeshiva, also known as the Aaron Kotler Institute for Advanced Learning, and privately received advanced ordination (yoreh yoreh yadin yadin) from world-renowned scholar Rav Moshe Feinstein, zt”zal. In 2000-2001, he held DePaul University’s Wicklander Chair for Business and Professional Ethics. Resnicoff also teaches courses in the doctoral programs at Spertus Institute for Jewish Studies in Chicago.
Resnicoff is an internationally known scholar and lecturer. His expertise lies in the areas of bankruptcy, commercial paper, contracts and professional responsibility. He has authored or co-authored four books, including one law school casebook, and more than 25 book chapters and articles. Resnicoff’s primary scholarly interest involves Jewish law and the diverse ways in which it compares to and interrelates with other legal systems. He has served as chair of the Jewish Law Association, an international organization dedicated to promoting Jewish law scholarship, and currently is editor of its e-newsletter and a member of its Executive Committee. He also has served as chair and member of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law School’s Section on Jewish Law. Resnicoff’s Jewish law scholarship covers a wide variety of subjects, including bioethics, professional ethics, commercial law and Jewish philosophy. He also is co-author of a proposed course of study in business ethics designed for use in Jewish high schools. He has lectured extensively on Jewish law, including programs at Agudath Israel of America, the Rabbinical Council of America and The Hebrew University. Several of his papers may be found on Social Science Research Network (SSRN) at ssrn.com/author=625213.
Gail (Galit) Pinsky Gottlieb
Gail (Galit) Pinsky Gottlieb received her B.S. in Piano at Indiana University School of Music, and her M.M. in Voice from the New England Conservatory of Music. She served as a cantor and music director for sixteen years, in Massachusetts, Colorado, and then worked as Fine Arts Coordinator and music teacher for seven years at the Chicagoland Jewish High School. In addition to her position as Assistant Director of JLJS, Galit is a vocal coach, book group facilitator, and leader of Moriah Congregation's Rosh Chodesh women's group. She is also the founder and director of Nashir, an a cappella women's choir.
Ellen LeVee received her PhD in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley. Her areas of research interest include Sociology of Religion, Social Theory and Judaism, and Women and Judaism. She has wide ranging experience in both teaching and administration, having taught Sociology at Berkeley, lectured on Jewish texts in adult education settings, coordinated the teaching efforts of clinicians in the area of Medical Humanities and Bioethics for the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, and instructed students in writing at the Hebrew Theological College's Blitstein Teacher's Institute. Among her publications are articles in the journal Religion and Intellectual Life and the book series Lifecycles.