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Cardozo School of Law Online LL.M. Faculty

Learn from the same experienced, connected Cardozo faculty who teach our on-campus LL.M. in Intellectual Property program.

Cardozo’s standout faculty are regularly cited by their peers and judges. They have argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and, in addition to appearing in law journals, are regularly featured in the media, speaking about today’s top headlines.

It’s no surprise then that Cardozo has been recognized for its academic impact: No. 321 and No. 222 by separate national law school rankings. Coming from a diverse range of disciplines, our faculty are engaged with what’s happening in today’s practice of intellectual property law in New York City and across the globe.

In addition to being scholars and practicing experts in their field, Cardozo faculty are also committed educators. They bring a depth of knowledge and connections to enhance online coursework. Learn more about their backgrounds and current work below.

Online Faculty Support

Choosing an online program doesn’t mean sacrificing the engagement of an in-person course. Find the same caliber of education as on-campus students, no matter where you live. Our faculty are closely tied to many industries, particularly in New York City, a hub for arts and tech, and bring that real-world knowledge to work closely with online students.

Christopher J. Buccafusco

In addition to being the associate dean for faculty development, Christopher J. Buccafusco is a professor of law and director of the Intellectual Property & Information Law Program.

Professor Buccafusco's research covers a wide range of topics and methods related to creativity, innovation, and intellectual property law. He uses novel social science experiments to explore the nature of innovation markets, and he writes about evolving issues in copyright, patent, and trademark law, including music copyright litigation, pharmaceutical patents, and protection for industrial design. Professor Buccafusco co-hosts an annual workshop on empirical methods in intellectual property law with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Northwestern University Law School.

Professor Buccafusco is also a co-author of Happiness and the Law and a series of articles that apply recent social science research on well-being to legal issues, including criminal, administrative, tort, and intellectual property laws.

Professor Buccafusco has been widely quoted in media, including in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Rolling Stone magazine. His article on the economics of airplane seat reclining for Slate.com has been covered by dozens of media outlets around the world.

Prior to coming to Cardozo, Professor Buccafusco taught at Chicago-Kent College of Law. He won the SBA teaching award in his first year on the faculty, and he later won the university-wide teaching award. At Chicago-Kent, Professor Buccafusco co-founded the Center for Empirical Study of Intellectual Property.

Michael Burstein

Michael J. Burstein is vice dean and professor of law at Cardozo, where he teaches and writes about intellectual property, innovation policy, and law and entrepreneurship.

Professor Burstein’s research focuses on the ways in which intellectual property law, corporate law, and public law facilitate relationships among entrepreneurs, markets, and government actors, and influence the production and dissemination of innovative works and ideas. His recent publications include articles about patent markets, innovation prizes, judicial challenges to patent validity, and non-IP strategies for information exchange. He is currently writing about the legal treatment of information as an asset and editing a volume of case studies that explore sharing and commons-based production in entrepreneurial communities.

Before joining the Cardozo faculty, Professor Burstein was a Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law School. He was previously an appellate litigator in private practice in Washington D.C., a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice, and a law clerk for Judge A. Raymond Randolph of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He was also a management consultant at McKinsey & Co.

Professor Burstein holds a J.D., magna cum laude, from the New York University School of Law and a BA in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry and Ethics, Politics & Economics from Yale University.

Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin

Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin is a clinical assistant professor of law and the director of The Indie Film Clinic at Cardozo School of Law, which is supported by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund. Professor Greenberg-Kobrin served as the dean of students at Columbia Law School from 2005 to 2016, where she also taught courses in deals, negotiation, and leadership. Prior to her work at Columbia Law, she was an associate at the New York office of Arnold & Porter, where her practice focused on international corporate and securities matters, mergers and acquisitions, sovereign debt issuances, and financial institutions. Professor Greenberg-Kobrin also serves as senior fellow and director of the Leadership Program at the Heyman Center on Corporate Governance.

The Indie Film Clinic was established in 2011 to provide free legal services to filmmakers in New York City. To date, Cardozo students in the clinic have represented over 90 independent, documentary, and student films, many of which have gone on to appear in leading U.S. and international film festivals including Cannes, Sundance, SXSW, the Tribeca Film Festival, the Los Angeles Film Festival, Hot Docs, and DOC NYC. The clinic is part of Cardozo’s Intellectual Property and Information Law Program, one of the highest-ranked IP programs in the country.

Val Myteberi

Val Myteberi is the associate dean of graduate, international, and online programs.

She is responsible for growing the success of graduate and international programs, as well as for future innovation at Cardozo. She is a member of the law school’s senior leadership team, playing a critical role in shaping Cardozo’s overall strategic direction. She works closely with other administrators, faculty, and staff to ensure that graduate students receive an excellent education and that international collaborations and partnerships enrich the entire Cardozo community. Myteberi is in charge of the Masters of Laws and Doctor of Juridical Science (J.S.D) program leadership, management and oversight, recruiting and advising graduate students, and working in close cooperation with the dean’s office and faculty to ensure the needs of graduate students are accounted for and integrated in the overall academic and professional development programs. She is also responsible for negotiating agreements on behalf of Cardozo and building partnerships with global educational, private and public partner institutions, expanding opportunities for students and Cardozo worldwide.

Myteberi holds a Masters of Laws with a concentration in corporate law from Cardozo School of Law and an LLB from University of Tirana, Albania. She was formerly the program director of The Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance, where she worked on an international scale and across academic, research, diplomatic, and non-governmental partners acting as a persuasive advocate for the center’s priorities. She has organized dozens of symposia, colloquia, and conferences with top professionals in various areas of the law. At the center, her work has increased exposure to and engagement with contemporary banking, corporate, and securities laws. She has conducted extensive research and analysis on new comprehensive financial reform regulations in the U.S., UK, and the EU, with a special focus on systemic risk, prudential supervision, expansion of agency enforcement powers, and supervisory regimes after the Dodd-Frank Act, Basel III requirements, and FSA directives. During the winter intersession Myteberi teaches a deal-making class, called ITRANS.

Leslie S. Newman

Leslie S. Newman is a professor of law and the director of Cardozo’s Lawyering & Legal Writing Center. She teaches several courses including Elements of Law, Introduction to U.S. Law, and Remedies of the Law. Prior to teaching at Cardozo, Professor Newman was managing attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services. While there, she also held the position of senior attorney for housing, responsible for housing law reform litigation. She was lead counsel for the plaintiff class of more than 50,000 public housing tenants in a major institutional litigation case against the Boston Housing Authority.

Felix Wu

Felix Wu is a professor of law and faculty director of the Cardozo Data Law Initiative (CDLI).

Professor Wu's doctorate studies in computer science at the University of California, Berkeley are foundational to his information law scholarship, which spans freedom of speech, privacy law, and intellectual property law. He has previously written on the limits of online intermediary immunity and on understanding the role of data de-identification in law. His current work explores the relationship between data privacy and theories of free expression.

Wu was previously an associate at Covington & Burling in San Francisco. In 2006-2007, he clerked for Judge Sandra L. Lynch of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Immediately prior to coming to Cardozo, he was an intellectual property associate at Fish & Richardson in Boston.

Wu received his undergraduate degree in 1996 in computer science summa cum laude from Harvard and his J.D. from University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the Order of the Coif and Phi Beta Kappa.

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Admissions Dates and Deadlines

Mar
01
priority application deadline
March 01, 2021
Summer 2021 Term
May
03
application deadline
May 03, 2021
Summer 2021 Term
May
10
Next Start
May 10, 2021
Summer 2021 Term
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