Professor of Law
Co - Director of Center for Jewish Law and Judaic Studies
Director, Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology
Roberta Rosenthal Kwall is the Raymond P. Niro Professor of Intellectual Property Law, the director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology (CIPLIT®), and co-director of the Center for Jewish Law & Judaic Studies. Prior to teaching at DePaul, she practiced intellectual property law at Sidley & Austin in Chicago and clerked for Judge Leonard I. Garth, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit. Professor Kwall earned her JD from the University of Pennsylvania, where she served as comment editor of the law review, and her AB magna cum laude from Brown University, where she was Phi Beta Kappa.
Kwall has written many articles on numerous facets of intellectual property law, which have been published in law reviews such as Texas, Southern California and Vanderbilt. She is the co-author of leading casebooks in both intellectual property and real property, both of which are published by Foundation Press. Her particular areas of expertise include moral rights and the right of publicity, and she has written a seminal book on moral rights titled "The Soul of Creativity: Forging a Moral Rights Law for the United States" (Stanford University Press 2010). Her current scholarship focuses on illustrating the Jewish tradition's meaning for human existence, including the connections between Judaism and intellectual property, creativity theory, feminist theory and cultural analysis theory. She is working on a book, "Forging Jewish Tradition Through Law and Culture," which will be published by Oxford University Press in 2015.
Kwall has served in an advisory capacity to the Office of the General Counsel on the federal Visual Artists Rights Act. In 1999, she served as the chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the American Association of Law Schools. She received the DePaul University College of Law Outstanding Teaching Award in 1985; the DePaul University Excellence in Teaching Award in 1996; the College of Law's Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award in 1999 for her work with the law school’s nationally ranked intellectual property program; and the DePaul University Spirit of Inquiry Award in 2002 for her internationally renowned scholarship. In addition, in 2006, she was designated as one of the 10 Best Law Professors in Illinois by Chicago Lawyer magazine.
A.B., Brown University; JD, University of Pennsylvania