Ira Steven Nathenson
Professor of Law
Director, Intellectual Property Certificate Program
J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, summa cum laude
B.A., University of Pittsburgh College of Arts & Sciences, cum laude
Phone: (305) 474-2454
Office: Faculty Suite, Room 209-G

About

Professor Ira Steven Nathenson teaches Civil Procedure. He also serves as the founding Director of St. Thomas Law's Certificate in Intellectual Property, teaching courses in CopyrightPatent & Trade Secret, TrademarkIntellectual Property Overview, and Cyberlaw.Prior to teaching, Professor Nathenson earned his law degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, graduating summa cum laude and serving as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review. After law school, he served as a law clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He also worked at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP (now K&L Gates LLP), where he focused on copyright, trademark, and internet law.

A creative and experienced law teacher, Professor Nathenson often uses innovative methods in the classroom, such as simulations that require students to role-play as attorneys and to investigate live websites for IP infringement. Professor Nathenson is well-versed in technology and education, running a popular website and YouTube site, which together boast hundreds of pages of learning materials and over 80 study videos. Professor Nathenson also writes interactive civil procedure lessons for CALI and has served as national Chair of the Section on Civil Procedure for the Association of American Law Schools.

Professor Nathenson's academic writings focus on internet law, intellectual property, procedural justice, and legal education. His articles have appeared in journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, the University of Pittsburgh Law Review, the University of Louisville Law Review, the Intercultural Human Rights Law Review, the Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal, and the Akron IP Journal. He has twice won the nationally recognized Ladas Memorial Award for his writings on trademarks and the internet.

His publications include:

  • Informational Procedure as Intellectual Property (in progress)
  • Cyberlaw Will Die, and We Will Kill It (in progress)
  • Aereo's Errors, 2 J. Int'l & Comparative L. 171 (2014). SSRN HeinOnline
  • Super-Intermediaries, Code, Human Rights, 8 Intercultural Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 19 (2013). SSRN HeinOnline
  • Navigating the Uncharted Waters of Teaching Law through Online Simulations, 38 Ohio N.U.L. Rev. 535 (2012). SSRN HeinOnline
  • Best Practices for the Law of the Horse: Teaching Cyberlaw and Illuminating Law through Online Simulations, 28 Santa Clara Computer & High Tech. L.J. 657 (2012). SSRN HeinOnline
  • Civil Procedures for a World of Shared and User-Generated Content, 48 U. Louisville L. Rev. 911 (2010). SSRN HeinOnline
  • Looking for Fair Use in the DMCA's Safety Dance, 3 Akron Intell. Prop. J. 121 (2009). SSRN HeinOnline
  • Tribute, Dean W. Edward Sell - Our Dedicated Law Review Advisor and Unwavering Supporter, 66 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 5-6 (2004). SSRN HeinOnline
  • Internet Infoglut and Invisible Ink: Spamdexing Search Engines with Meta Tags, 12 Harv. J.L. & Tech. 43 (1998). SSRN HeinOnline
  • Comment, Showdown at the Domain Name Corral: Property Rights and Personal Jurisdiction over Squatters, Poachers, and other Parasites, 58 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 911 (1997). SSRN HeinOnline

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Click here for Professor Nathenson's Curriculum Vitae

Scholarship

Professor Nathenson's scholarship explores the role that technology plays in the creation, dissemination, and retrieval of information. His articles have been published in journals that include the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, University of Pittsburgh Law ReviewSanta Clara Computer & High Technology Law Journal, and many others. Several of these articles have won the prestigious national Ladas Memorial Award first prize for writings in brand name law (student division).

One example of his scholarship is an article about the Supreme Court’s flawed opinion on law and tech in American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc., an opinion that will likely lead to years of uncertainty regarding important cloud computing technologies. In another recent article, he wrote about the role that procedure plays in private online enforcement, the dangers of procedural injustice arising from unfettered private ordering, and the attendant need for Digital Due Process. His current research explores how dead philosophers might shed light on the nature of the live internet, and why mistakes are an integral part of procedural justice.

Professor Nathenson's writings also address innovative methods of teaching. He's written several articles on how technology can be used by legal educators to create online role-playing simulations that permit students to holistically and immersively learn doctrine, theory, skills, and ethics in a manner consistent with Best Practices for Legal Education and the Carnegie Report. Professor Nathenson has incorporated these learning techniques into a variety of his upper-level courses in the Intellectual Property Certificate Program, including CopyrightPatent & Trade Secret, Trademark, and Cyberlaw.

Articles:

 

  • Informational Procedure as Intellectual Property (in progress)
  • Cyberlaw Will Die, and We Will Kill It (in progress)
  • Aereo's Errors, 2 J. Int'l & Comparative L. 171 (2014). SSRN HeinOnline
  • Super-Intermediaries, Code, Human Rights, 8 Intercultural Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 19 (2013). SSRN HeinOnline
  • Navigating the Uncharted Waters of Teaching Law through Online Simulations, 38 Ohio N.U.L. Rev. 535 (2012). SSRN HeinOnline
  • Best Practices for the Law of the Horse: Teaching Cyberlaw and Illuminating Law through Online Simulations, 28 Santa Clara Computer & High Tech. L.J. 657 (2012). SSRN HeinOnline
  • Civil Procedures for a World of Shared and User-Generated Content, 48 U. Louisville L. Rev. 911 (2010). SSRN HeinOnline
  • Looking for Fair Use in the DMCA's Safety Dance, 3 Akron Intell. Prop. J. 121 (2009). SSRN HeinOnline
  • Tribute, Dean W. Edward Sell - Our Dedicated Law Review Advisor and Unwavering Supporter, 66 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 5-6 (2004). SSRN HeinOnline
  • Internet Infoglut and Invisible Ink: Spamdexing Search Engines with Meta Tags, 12 Harv. J.L. & Tech. 43 (1998). SSRN HeinOnline
  • Comment, Showdown at the Domain Name Corral: Property Rights and Personal Jurisdiction over Squatters, Poachers, and other Parasites, 58 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 911 (1997). SSRN HeinOnline

Research Interests

Internet Law

Intellectual Propety

Procedural Justice

Legal Education

About Professor Nathenson's teaching methodology

Professor Nathenson teaches courses in Civil ProcedureCopyrightPatent & Trade Secret, TrademarkIntellectual Property Overview, and Cyberlaw.

His Civil Procedure course is taught using multiple learning techniques, such as problem setsexplanationsreview videosinstructional screencastsonline “Coggle” flowcharts, and more. Professor Nathenson's personal website provides over 300 pages of learning materials, such as study resources for Civil Procedure, Internet Law, and Intellectual Property courses. He also runs a popular YouTube channel with over 80 review and study videos. He also writes Civil Procedure lessons for CALI.

In many of his upper-level courses, Professor Nathenson uses experiential learning projects, including practice simulations and live websites, for role-playing exercises that cast students as “counsel” to a fictitious client. This methodology effectively integrates legal doctrine with social policy, lawyering skills, and professional ethics. In many of those courses, Professor Nathenson also uses the Harkness discussion method, which elevates the role of students and de-emphasizes the role of the instructor. Harkness turns students into teachers and teachers into students.

IP certificate

Professor Nathenson is the founding Director of St. Thomas Law's Intellectual Property (IP) certificate program. Many of the core courses for the IP certificate program incorporate Professor Nathenson's skills-and-simulations methodologies, such as casting students into the role of "lawyer" to work on realistic lawyering projects, such as applications for patents, copyrights, and trademarks, IP searching, and IP enforcement.

Courses Taught

Branding and Trademark Management

Civil Procedure

Copyright and Content Management

Cyberlaw

Innovations and Inventions through Patents and Trade Secrets

Intellectual Property Overview

Service

At St. Thomas Law, Professor Nathenson has served extensively, including on the Academic Integrity committee, Technology committee, Tenure & Promotion committee, and Faculty Recruitment committee. He has also served as faculty advisor to the St. Thomas Law Review and assisted the law review in an extensive redesign of its website. Professor Nathenson currently serves, among other things, as chair of the Curriculum committee.

Professor Nathenson has also served extensively in national organizations, including:

  • Chair, Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS), Website Committee (2018-present)
  • Chair, Association of American Law Schools, Section on Civil Procedure (2017-2018)
  • Chair-Elect, Association of American Law Schools, Section on Civil Procedure (2016-2017)
  • Executive Committee, Association of American Law Schools (AALS), Section on Civil Procedure (2014-present)
  • Executive Committee, Association of American Law Schools (AALS), Section on Computer and Internet Law (2016-2017)

Professor Nathenson has also joined in numerous briefs, letters, and declarations on issues of public interest, such as internet law, court procedure, and intellectual property law.

Links

Professor Nathenson's Curriculum Vitae

Professor Nathenson's homepage at Nathenson.org

Professor Nathenson's YouTube channel

Professor Nathenson's blog at digitalgarbage.net

Scholarship on SSRN

Scholarship on Bepress