Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Robert Spoo

Monday, September 01, 2008

The University of Tulsa College of Law is pleased to announce the addition of Robert Spoo as an associate professor of law.

Spoo is a recognized expert - writing, speaking and teaching - in the vast and complex area of intellectual property. Currently teaching contract law for the fall 2008 semester, Spoo is frequently invited to speak both nationally and internationally on topics related to intellectual property, entertainment law, law and literature and contracts. Most recently, Spoo lectured at a faculty seminar at Arizona State University Law School; the title of the lecture was "Ezra Pound’s Copyright Statute and the Problem of Heirs."

Locally, Spoo will be featured October 29, 2008, at the TU College of Law Faculty Showcase Series. His lecture is entitled "Copyright Misuse: Emerging Trends and Consequences for Rights-Holders." All are encouraged to attend. More details on this series can be found in this issue.

Spoo completed his undergraduate work at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, where he graduated magna cum laude. He maintains both a M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Princeton University. Prior to attending Yale Law School, Spoo was a lecturer in English at Princeton and a tenured associate professor of English at The University of Tulsa, where he served as editor-in-chief of the James Joyce Quarterly.

Early in his legal career, Spoo worked for a law firm in New York City and then served as a law clerk for the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Once his term expired, Spoo traveled to Tulsa where he was an attorney for the prestigious Tulsa law firm of Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson. Three years later, he left for San Francisco to work as an attorney with Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin, P.C. While there, Spoo served as co-counsel, with the Stanford Center for Internet & Society, in a case filed by Professor Carol Shloss against the Estate of James Joyce for its refusal to grant permission to Shloss to use material about Joyce and his daughter on her Web site. A settlement favorable to Shloss was announced in March 2007. He is currently writing a book with Shloss about the case titled "A Casebook on Shloss v. Estate of James Joyce." No release date has been announced. 

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 authored more than 24 scholarly articles, as well as an extensive list of papers, book reviews, and presentations. For a complete list of Spoo’s work and to learn more about him, please visit his web site.