Faculty Showcase Series continues no-cost CLE

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Intellectual property expert to deliver second Faculty Showcase Series lecture at TU College of Law

The University of Tulsa College of Law will continue its Faculty Showcase Series on October 29, 2009 with featured speaker Dr. Robert Spoo.

Due to the success of the series' kickoff event, the law school has decided to continue offering CLE credit to those attending the event at no cost.

"The first event of the series with Professor Rex Zedalis was a real success," said Janet Levit, dean of the TU College of Law.  "We want to continue to offer that caliber of CLE for our alumni and the legal community as a whole. These events are a great way for lawyers in the region to better know our faculty and our law school."

The event will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 29, 2008 in the Price & Turpen Courtroom in John Rogers Hall. A box lunch will be provided at no charge.

Spoo, a recognized expert in the complex and expanding area of intellectual property, will give remarks titled "Copyright Misuse: Emerging Trends and Consequences for Rights-Holders."

Spoo returned to academia this year as an associate professor of law at the TU College of Law. Prior to attending Yale Law School, Spoo was a lecturer in English at Princeton University and a tenured associate professor of English at TU, where he served as editor-in-chief of the "James Joyce Quarterly." He completed his undergraduate work at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisc., where he graduated magna cum laude. He holds both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English from Princeton University.

Spoo clerked for the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and has been an attorney with the firms of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York City; Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson, LLP in Tulsa; and most recently, Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin, P.C. in San Francisco. In conjunction with Stanford Law School's Fair Use Project, he was co-counsel for the landmark federal case against the James Joyce estate that established the rights of an academic to use copyrighted materials in his writings.

In June 2008, Spoo received the Lucia R. Briggs Distinguished Achievement Award for "outstanding contributions and achievements in a career field" from Lawrence University. He has written more than 24 scholarly articles, as well as an extensive list of papers, book reviews and presentations.

Practicing lawyers can receive one hour of CLE credit for attending the lecture. All attendees should RSVP to Vicki Jordan at (918) 631-2429, or vicki-jordan@utulsa.edu.