Visting Artist Series

The Visiting Artist Program seeks to bring to the College of Law actors, directors, writers, musicians, painters, sculptors, and other artists so that they may discuss with our students, faculty, and the legal community the issues facing them as working artists.

The Visiting Artists, in dialogue with attorneys, law faculty and students, share their perspective on the legal problems they encounter in their profession, including copyright, contract issues, agency, and moral rights. Through this dialogue we hope to further understanding of these issues by both artists and those in the legal community.

    Previous Visting Artists
  • In November of 2005, Jeff Perry, CIPLIT’s first Visiting Artist, spoke on his multi-faceted career as an actor, director, producer and teacher, and some of the legal issues facing him as a celebrity and as the developer of new properties for stage, screen, and television.

  • Austin Pendleton, CIPLIT's second Visiting Artist, with entertainment law attorney and DePaul alum, Todd Musburger and Professor Margit Livingston gave a presentation focusing on copyright protection for a director's staging of a play in January of 2007. The panel discussed this topic along with other the legal issues facing actors and directors.

  • The College of Law's third annual Visiting Artist in 2008 was Zach Helm, a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University, as well as an acclaimed film writer and director. He discussed the recent screenwriters' strike with Professors Alan Salzenstein and Margit Livingston.

  • In 2009, one of the leading saxophone players of his time, Frank Catalano, along with attorney Gregg Gansmann and College of Law professors Ben Alba and Margit Livingston, gave a lunchtime presentation focusing on the attorney-artist relationship, as well as the legal issues Catalano has faced while building his music career. To see videos from this event, please click here. To view the musical performance from the event, please click here.

  • In 2010, Brian Dennehy discussed the impact of the law and legal representation on his career as an internationally renowned stage, movie, and television actor with Professor Margit Livingston.. Also in 2010, Bernard Maisner, internationally renowned artist, calligrapher and fine stationer, discussed legal issues impacting him as an artist and small businessman with Professor Livingston. To view the discussion with Bernard Maisner, please click here.


CIPLIT hosted the Third International IP Scholars Roundtable and Hosier Scholar Lecture on May 1 - 2, 2014.

On May 1 and 2, 2014, twenty-two senior scholars from the United States and various other countries held a roundtable at DePaul on international intellectual property law issues.

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Professor Sarnoff named Edison Scholar.

Professor Joshua Sarnoff has been appointed a Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Scholar for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

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15th Annual Niro Distinguished IP Lecture.

"How to Retain Patent Enforcement While Reforming It – Judges and Counsel Should Manage Infringement Suits, not Congress"

Honorable Paul R Michel(Ret.)
Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Commentator, Honorable James F Holderman
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

To view the video of this discussion, please click here.

In August 2013, four members of CIPLIT faculty participated in the 13th annual IP Scholars Conference, which originated at DePaul in 2000.

Professor Roberta Kwall opened the conference with a talk about the history of the conference and the top 10 things law faculty can do to enhance their career potential in this new reality of legal education. Professor Margit Livingston presented her paper on Copyright Infringement of Music: Determining Whether What Sounds Alike Is Alike. Professor Josh Sarnoff commented on Victoria Stodden’s paper, Software Patents as a Barrier to Scientific Transparency: An Unexpected Consequence of Bayh-Dole. Professor Fusco spoke about The Origins of Patent Examination in the Venetian Republic.

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