IPLC Faculty

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Jeremy Sheff

Jeremy Sheff is Professor of Law and Director of the Intellectual Property Law Center.

Professor Sheff joined the faculty of St. John’s University School of Law in the fall of 2008.  He teaches Introduction to Intellectual Property, Trademarks & Unfair Competition, Patent Law, First Amendment Law, and Property. 

Professor Sheff’s research interests span Intellectual Property law, First Amendment law, and Internet and Cyberlaw.  In particular, his research focuses on how law mediates the creation, dissemination, and use of information in social, cultural, and economic exchange.  He approaches these issues from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on research in psychology, philosophy, economics, marketing, and political science.

Professor Sheff received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Columbia University in 1999, and his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 2002.  While at Harvard he was an editor and symposium chair of the Harvard Law Review.  After graduation, he clerked for Hon. C. P. Sifton of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Prior to his arrival at St. John’s, Professor Sheff practiced for five years at a large Manhattan law firm, where his practice covered a broad variety of commercial disputes, including intellectual property litigation, antitrust litigation, contract disputes, and commercial tort claims.

Contact Professor Sheff at sheffj@stjohns.edu.


Eva E. Subotnik

Eva E. Subotnik is an Associate Professor of Law who joined the St. John’s faculty in 2011. She teaches Copyright Law, the Introduction to IP Survey, and Trusts & Estates.

Broadly speaking, Professor Subotnik’s scholarship and research interests focus on issues of artistic intent that arise in the realm of copyright law and policy. She also focuses on particular intellectual property issues relating to the medium of photography. Professor Subotnik has written about the role of creator and user narratives in the context of originality and fair use determinations and about the intersection of authorship and testamentary intent. Her articles have appeared or are forthcoming in several journals, including the Washington Law Review, the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, the Lewis & Clark Law Review, the Brooklyn Law Review, and the Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts.

Prior to her appointment at St. John’s, Professor Subotnik was an Intellectual Property Fellow at the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts at Columbia Law School. She practiced law at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York, where she was an associate in both the Corporate and Litigation departments.

Professor Subotnik received her B.A. summa cum laude from Columbia University in 1997 and her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2003. While at Columbia, she was an editor of the Columbia Law Review. Following graduation, she clerked for the Honorable Bruce M. Selya of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the Honorable Alvin K. Hellerstein of the Southern District of New York. 

Contact Professor Subotnik at subotnie@stjohns.edu.