Our People

Prof. Hugh Hansen – Director

Prof. Hansen is a Professor of Law at Fordham Law School, where he teaches courses in IP Law, Copyright Law, Trademark Law and EU and International Intellectual Property Law.  He also taught U.S. Constitutional Law for over 25 years.  He is the founder and director of both the Fordham Intellectual Property Law Institute and theFordham Annual Conference on Intellectual Property Law and Policy , now in its 22nd year.

Managing Intellectual Property magazine named him in 2010 and again in 2013 as one of the 50 most influential people in IP in the World.  In doing so it characterized him as an “IP provocateur” and “the ringmaster who pulls together one of the IP world’s must-attend events.”  In 2007, Chief Judge Paul Michel of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit presented Prof. Hansen with an award for “his contribution to the legal community’s understanding of international intellectual property law.”

After graduation from Georgetown Law School, where he was a member of the Law Journal, Prof. Hansen clerked for Judge Inzer B. Wyatt in the Southern District of New York and then Judge Murray I. Gurfein in the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  He was also a litigation associate with Dewey Ballantine and an Assistant United States Attorney in the criminal division of the Southern District of New York.

Since joining the Law School faculty, Prof. Hansen has served numerous times as a consultant or expert witness in intellectual property litigations in U.S., Europe. He has also been the lead counsel in copyright and trademark actions and before DG Competition of the European Commission. He has also been a visiting professor at Melbourne University and a visiting professorial fellow at Queen Mary Research Institute in London.

Prof. Hansen speaks frequently on U.S. and international intellectual property law in the United States, Europe and Asia.  Under the auspices of the Melbourne University’s Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia, Prof. Hansen gave a series of addresses on intellectual property law at universities in Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Sydney.  Similarly, on a speaking tour in Japan, he addressed U.S. and international intellectual property law issues in academic, governmental and think-tank institutions in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Fukuoka and Nagoya.

He has also been honored with invitations to deliver a number of distinguished lectures:

Annual Sir Hugh Laddie Lecture, University College London (to be delivered in June 2014).

Distinguished Professor Lecture, John Marshall Law School, “The Supreme Court and Intellectual Property Law: It’s Not What You Think.”

Visiting Scholar Lecture, OHIM (EU Trade Marks & Designs Office), “The Landscape, Cultures and Policies of U.S. Trademark Law.”

Herchel Smith Public Lecture in Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary University of London, “A Legal Realist Analysis of U.S. Trademark Law with Comparisons to Recent Developments in the European Union.”

30th Annual Brace Lecture, Copyright Society of the USA, “Copyright and the Culture of the Public Domain: A Critical Analysis.”

Prof. Hansen has been quoted in the media, including The Economist, New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal and has appeared on news shows including ones on NBC, ABC, CNN and On the Media (NPR).

He is the author of articles on IP and antitrust law and the book New York Intellectual Property Law (LexisNexis 2012). He is also the editor of eleven volumes on IP law and is currently co-authoring a casebook on intellectual property law.  He recently submitted an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court copyright exhaustion case, Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 133 S. Ct. 1351 (2013).


Zach Slates – Assistant Director
Zach Slates is our Assistant Director of the Fordham Intellectual Property Law Institute. Before joining the Intellectual Property Institute, Zach was a Dean’s Fellow at the Fordham Corporate Law Center where his research focused on corporate governance and the regulation of financial markets. Zach was a Big Four accountant specializing in the insurance industry. Zach holds a JD from Fordham Law School, MAcc from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, and BA in Classical Civilization from the University of Michigan.


Dr. Sandra Sherman – Director of Development & Special Projects
Sandra is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and completed an LL.M cum laude in Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology at Fordham in December, 2008. She also holds a Ph.D. in English from Penn. Sandra was an attorney for several years in the U.S. Department of Energy, where she specialized in international and administrative law, and has held legal positions in the Justice Department and Department of State. Before joining the Institute, she was a professor at the University of Arkansas and Georgia State University, where she specialized in 18th century British literature and culture. She was President of the South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

Sandra is the author of four books, including Finance and Fictionality in the Early Eighteenth Century: Accounting for Defoe (Cambridge U.P., 1996), Imagining Poverty: Quantification and the Decline of Paternalism (Ohio State U.P., 2001), and Inventing the Modern Cookbook (Greenwood, 2010). She is also author of over 60 articles on literature, economics, and culinary history, and has lectured around the world. She is an Adjunct Professor of English at Fordham, teaching courses on literary history and Advanced Composition, and an Adjunct Professor at the Law School, where she is teaching a course on the development of Copyright theory.

Sandra has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew Mellon Foundation. She was a Visiting Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge University, and the Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard.


nick-barteltNick Bartelt – Senior Fellow
Nick Bartelt is a Senior Fellow at the Fordham Intellectual Property Law Institute. His work as a fellow includes organizing the 20th and 21st Annual Fordham IP Conferences, serving as a Teaching Assistant for Prof. Hugh C. Hansen’s EU IP and Copyright courses, and contributing research and editorial work to an amicus brief and a number of publications. Also, while at Fordham Law, Nick served as Symposium Editor for the Fordham International Law Journal and as an Associate Editor on the Fordham Moot Court Board. Nick holds a JD from Fordham University School of Law and a BA in English from Roosevelt University.


Magdalena BergerMagdalena Berger – Senior Fellow
As Senior Fellow at the Fordham IP Institute, Magdalena follows current and identifies emerging issues in IP worldwide.  Her focus is on trademark law with the goal of developing conference topics, educational programs, and research projects.  In addition, she coordinates research for a survey casebook on trademark law, edits academic articles and drafts teaching materials.  Magdalena is admitted to the New York State Bar and holds an LL.M. in Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law summa cum laude from Fordham Law School.  She was awarded the Emily C. and John E. Hansen Award for being ranked first in the program.  Before coming to the United States, she worked as an IP litigator in Germany where she is still admitted to the Bar.  Her practice focused on trademark and unfair competition litigation and trademark opposition proceedings.  Magdalena studied law at the University of Passau.


Daan EriksonDaan Erikson – Senior Research & Conference Fellow
Daan Erikson is a Senior Research & Conference Fellow for the Fordham Intellectual Property Institute. Daan studied Entertainment Media and Identity at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. After earning his B.A. cum laude, Daan furthered his studies of media and intellectual property and received his J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. During law school, he served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Richard Fruin at Los Angeles Superior Court and interned with HBO’s Santa Monica office. Additionally, he spent his third year as a visiting student at Fordham Law School.


Grace AvilesGrace Aviles – Research Assistant
Grace Aviles is a research assistant for the Fordham Intellectual Property Institute and a current second year student at Fordham Law. She is interested in government regulation and policy, and is excited about the work the IP Institute does in advancing the necessary and meaningful policy discussions on intellectual property policy. Grace is also a member of the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media, and Entertainment Law Journal.


alexAlex Bussey – Research & Conference Fellow
Alex Bussey is a Research & Conference Fellow for the Fordham IP Institute. Alex graduated from Fordham Law School, Magna Cum Laude, in 2013. At Fordham, Alex was the Senior Articles Editor for the Intellectual Property, Media, & Entertainment Law Journal and an intern at the Samuelson-Glushko Intellectual Property & Information Law Clinic. He was also one of the founding board members of the Fordham Art Law Society. Alex earned a B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Studio Art from Bethel University in Saint Paul, Minnesota.


Choi, Lydia_PictureLydia Choi – Research & Conference Fellow
Lydia Choi is a Research & Conference Fellow for the Fordham Intellectual Property Institute. Lydia Choi spent most of her teenage years in NJ and considers herself to be a NJ native. She graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University with a B.S. in biochemistry with honors. She spent the following year working at Bristol-Myers Squib and an analytical laboratory after which she returned to Syracuse University and obtained a M.S. with thesis in synthetic organic chemistry. She is now pursuing a Juris Doctorate from Fordham University School of Law.


Kyu Hee ChuKyu Hee Chu – Research & Conference Fellow
Kyu Hee Chu is a Research & Conference Fellow for the Fordham Intellectual Property Institute. Kyu Hee is currently pursuing her J.D. from Fordham Law School and is a Notes & Articles Editor for the Fordham Environmental Law Review. Kyu Hee graduated magna cum laude from Rutgers University, with a B.A. in Political Science and French.


Jason Lunardi

Jason Lunardi – Editorial & Conference Fellow
Jason Lunardi is an Editorial & Conference Fellow at the Fordham Intellectual Property Law Institute. At the Institute, Jason has worked on editing and preparing books and articles for publication including acting as Lead Editor for the forthcoming 2010 and 2011 editions of Fordham International Intellectual Property Law & Policy (Hart Publishing).

Jason is a 2009 graduate of Fordham Law School where he served as the Managing Editor of the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal. He was awarded the First Prize in the 2009 Nathan Burkan Memorial Writing Competition at Fordham for his paper “Comparing EU and U.S. Approaches to Internet Piracy & “‘Graduated Response’”, and was the first runner up in the 2009 Grammy Foundation Entertainment Law Initiative for his essay “Navigating the Clouds: Exploring Revenue Sources for Creators in a Networked World” (20 No. 2 NYSBA Ent., Arts & Sports L.J. 87 (Summer 2009)). He also published a student note entitled “Guerrilla Video: Potential Copyright Liability for Websites That Index Links to Infringing Content,” (19 Fordham Intell. Prop. Media & Ent. L.J. 1077 (2009)).

Jason holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Business from the Berklee College of Music, and has worked at several music industry companies including legal internships at ASCAP and music publisher & royalty auditing firm H/B Webman.


Tiffany Mahmood – Research & Conference Fellow
Tiffany Mahmood is a Research & Conference Fellow for the Fordham Intellectual Property Institute. Tiffany studied chemistry at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London before studying law at the College of Law, London. Tiffany also holds an LL.M. in Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law from Fordham Law School.


Theresa McKenzieTheresa McKenzie – Conference Administrator
Theresa McKenzie is our Conference Administrator. Theresa has an extensive background in many areas of legal practice, including intellectual property. She has been an Administrative Assistant and Legal Secretary for a number of law firms and corporations including Sullivan & Cromwell, Cravath Swaine & Moore, PriceWaterhouse Coopers and Colgate Palmolive Co.

Theresa is a big fan of thoroughbred horse racing and has strong interest in the industry from business deals to breeding and pedigrees. Theresa spent three years in Lexington, Kentucky working in the equine law firm of Wyatt Tarrant & Combs and at the breeding farm, Taylor Made. While in Kentucky, she pursued equine studies at both Midway College and University of Kentucky. Theresa also assists the New York Racing Association in managing logistics at both their Belmont and Saratoga racing meets.

Theresa holds an Associate’s Degree Berkeley College and also attended Fordham University.


Peter MenchiniPeter Menchini- Research & Conference Fellow
Peter Menchini is a Research & Conference Fellow for the Fordham Intellectual Property Institute. Peter is currently pursuing his J.D. from Fordham Law School. At Fordham, Peter is a staff member for the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal and will be working with the Samuelson-Glushko Intellectual Property & Information Law Clinic during the spring 2014 semester. Peter graduated magna cum laude from Binghamton University in 2012, with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.


KatePattonKate Patton – Research & Conference Fellow
Kate Patton is a Research & Conference Fellow for the Fordham Intellectual Property Institute. Kate is currently pursuing her J.D. from Fordham Law School, where she is a staff member of the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal and an Executive Board member of the Media & Entertainment Law Society. Kate participated in the inaugural privacy educators program for Fordham’s Center on Law and Information Policy in 2013 and also interns in the Law Department at Time Inc. Previously, Kate worked for American Business Media, the leading association of business media and information companies, where she oversaw marketing, corporate communications and government affairs. Kate graduated summa cum laude from Binghamton University, with a B.A. in English.


Tara PollardTara Pollard – Research & Conference Fellow
Tara Pollard is a Research & Conference Fellow for the Fordham Intellectual Property Institute. Tara is currently pursuing her J.D. from Fordham Law School. While in law school, Tara was a trademark intern at Kenneth Cole Productions, intellectual property intern at NBCUniversal and various other entertainment and intellectual property internship. Prior to law school, Tara was a paralegal at a personal injury law firm, and a public relations intern at the New York Rangers. Tara holds a B.A. in Sport Management from Ithaca College.


Professional PictureLuis Velez – Research & Conference Fellow
Luis Velez is a Research & Conference Fellow for the Fordham Intellectual Property Institute. Luis earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (Concentrating in Accounting and Marketing) from the University of Puerto Rico (at Mayagüez), graduating Magna Cum Laude. He received his J.D. from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico Law School, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Luis holds an LL.M. in Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law from Fordham Law School. During his time as a student of Fordham Law School, he was a member of the Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal and a Post-Graduate Fellow for Professor Barry Hawk (Director of the Competition Law Institute at Fordham Law School). Before coming to New York, he worked as a litigator in Puerto Rico where he is still admitted to the State Bar, Federal Bar and Notary Public Bar.


Yelena_2013Yelena Ambartsumian – Alumni
Yelena Ambartsumian, a third year JD student at Fordham Law, is a Research & Conference fellow at the Institute and has served as Professor Hansen’s copyright teaching assistant. At Fordham, Yelena has also been an active participant in Stein Scholars in Public Interest Law, the Samuelson-Glushko Intellectual Property & Information Law Clinic, and Moot Court. She received her Bachelor’s degrees in Spanish Literature and Political Science from the Honors Program at Fordham College at Lincoln Center, where she also minored in Theology.


Melissa MoriartyMelissa Moriarty – Alumni
Melissa Moriarty is a Research & Conference Fellow for the Fordham Intellectual Property Institute. Melissa is currently pursuing her J.D. from Fordham Law School and is a Notes & Articles Editor for the Fordham Urban Law Journal. Prior to entering law school, Melissa worked with college athletic departments to protect and monetize their copyright and trademark rights at a sports media licensing agency. Melissa holds a B.A. in Economics and a Certificate in Markets and Management Studies from Duke University.


A. Arda SemizA. Arda Semiz – Alumni
A. Arda Semiz is a Research & Conference Fellow for the Fordham Intellectual Property Institute. Arda studied law at Marmara University in Turkey and is admitted to the Istanbul Bar. He worked as a corporate law attorney in Istanbul before coming to the United States. Arda holds an LL.M. in Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law from Fordham Law School.