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Roberta R. Kwall

  • Raymond P. Niro Professor of Intellectual Property Law; Founding Director, Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology
  • Full-time
  • (312) 362-8131
  • 1164 O'Malley Place

Roberta Rosenthal Kwall is the Raymond P. Niro Professor at DePaul University College of Law. Professor Kwall earned her JD from the University of Pennsylvania and received her undergraduate degree in Religious Studies from Brown University. She also has a Master's Degree in Jewish Studies.

Kwall is an internationally renowned scholar and lecturer and has published over 30 articles on a wide variety of topics including Jewish law and culture, authorship rights, and intellectual property. She is the author of several law casebooks that are used nationally as well as two monographs: “The Myth of the Cultural Jew: Culture and Law in Jewish Tradition” (Oxford U. Press, 2015) and “The Soul of Creativity” (Stanford U. Press, 2010). Currently she is working on a book for a popular audience about transmitting Jewish tradition in a diverse world.

Kwall also has written numerous Opeds, articles, and book reviews on topics of relevance to the Jewish community that have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Commentary Magazine, The Forward, The Jewish Week, The Jewish Journal, The Jewish News of Northern California (jWeekly) and eJewish Philanthropy. She has received numerous awards for teaching and scholarship and in 2006, was designated as one of the 10 Best Law Professors in Illinois by Chicago Lawyer magazine. She also founded DePaul Law School’s renowned Center for Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology.

At DePaul, Kwall teaches courses in Family Law, Property, Intellectual Property and Family Law and the Jewish Tradition. She has lectured about Intellectual Property law at law school across the county and also lectured about Jewish law and culture at many law schools, synagogues, and other venues in the United States and Israel. She has also taught at Tulane Law School and currently teaches a course on Jewish Law and the American Jewish Movements at the Radzyner Law School in Israel. Kwall maintains a Face Book blog under Professor Roberta Rosenthal Kwall that is devoted to illustrating the beauty of the Jewish tradition for a wide general audience. Visit Professor Kwall's blog here.


A.B., Brown University; J.D., University of Pennsylvania

Courses Taught

  • Advanced Copyright & Trademark Seminar
  • Copyright Law
  • Property
  • Women & Jewish Law


  • Articles
  • Books
  • Book Chapters
  • Book Reviews
  • Miscellaneous


2015 Living Gardens, Living Art, and Living Tradition (Symposium: Leveraging Creativity: Artists, Entrepreneurship, and Intellectual Property Law) 5 IP Theory 73 (2015). string;#Click Here
2015 Reinvention with Authenticity: A New Journey on a Familiar Road (Symposium: People of the Book: Judaism's Influence on American Legal Scholarship), 16 Rutgers J. of L. and Relig. 308 (2015). string;#Click Here
2015 Introduction (Symposium: People of the Book: Judaism's Influence on American Legal Scholarship), 16 Rutgers J. of L. and Relig. 236 (2015). string;#Click Here
2013 Remember the Sabbath Day and Enhance Your Creativity! (Keynote address for Symposium: Intellectual Property And Religious Thought) , 10 St. Thomas Law Review 820 (2013). string;#Click Here
2012 The Lessons of Living Gardens and Jewish Process Theology for Authorship and Moral Rights, 14 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. L. 889 (2012) string;#Click Here
2012 Is the Jewish Tradition Intellectual Property?, 4 WIPO Journal 129 (2012) string;#Click Here
2012 The Cultural Analysis Paradigm: Women and Synagogue Ritual as a Case Study, 34 Cardozo L. Rev. 609 (2012) string;#
2011 Creativity and Cultural Influence in Early Jewish Law, 86 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1933 (2011) string;#Click Here
2010 Intellectual Property Law and Jewish Law: A Comparative Perspective on Absolutism, 22 Yale J.L. & Human. 143 (2010) string;#Click Here
2009 A Perspective on Human Dignity, the First Amendment and the Right of Publicity, (Symposium: Publicity, Privacy, and Intellectual Property Meet the First Amendment) 50 B.C. L. Rev. 1345 (2009). string;#Click Here
2009 Hoisting Originality: A Response, 20 DePaul J. Art, Tech. & Intell. Prop. L. 1 (2009). string;#Click Here
2008 Teaching an Intellectual Property Seminar Through the Legal Literature, 52 St. Louis U. L. J. 813 (2008). string;#Click Here
2007 Originality in Context, 44 Hous. L. Rev. 871 (2007). string;#Click Here
2007 Authors in Disguise: Why the Visual Artists Rights Act Got it Wrong, 2007 Utah L. Rev. 741 (2007). string;#Click Here
2006 Inspiration and Innovation: the intrinsic Dimension of the Artistic Soul, 81 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1945 (2006). string;#Click Here
2006 Commentary: Library Reproduction Rights for Preservation and Replacement in the Digital Era: An Author's Perspective on Sec. 108, 29 Colum. J. L. & Arts 343 (2006). string;#Click Here
2005 Why Intellectual Property Belongs in the First-Year Property Course, 54 J. Legal Educ. 504 (2005). string;#Click Here
2003 Commentary on the Concept of Authorship in Comparative Copyright Law: A Brief Illustration, 52 DePaul L. Rev. 1229 (2003). string;#Click Here
2002 The Attribution Right in the United States: Caught in the Crossfire Between Copyright and Section 43(a), 77 Wash. L. Rev. 985 (2002). string;#Click Here
2001 Preserving Personality and Reputational Interests of Constructed Personas through Moral Rights: A Blueprint for the Twenty-First Century, 2001 U. Ill. L. Rev. 151 (2001). string;#Click Here
2001 Author-Stories: Narrative’s Implications for Moral Rights and Copyright’s Joint Authorship Doctrine, 75 S. Cal. L. Rev. 1 (2001). string;#Click Here
2001 Copyright Issues in Online Courses: Ownership, Authorship and Conflict, 18 Santa Clara Computer and High Tech. L. J. 1 (2001). string;#Click Here
2000 Moral Rights for University Employees and Students: Can Educational Institutions Do Better Than the U.S. Copyright Law?, 27 J. Coll. & U.L. 53 (2000). string;#Click Here
1999 The Intellectual Property Curriculum: Findings of Professor and Practitioner Surveys, 49 J. Legal Educ. 203 (1999). string;#Click Here
1998 Regulating Trademarks on Exterior Signs: Should Local Law Trump the Lanham Act and the Constitution?, 71 S. Cal. L. Rev. 1105 (1998). string;#Click Here
1997 Fame, 73 Ind. L. J. 1 (1997). string;#Click Here
1997 How Fine Art Fares Post Vara, 1 Marq. Intell. Prop. L. Rev. 1 (1997). string;#Click Here
1997 With J. Organ, The Contemporary Property Law Course: A Study of Syllabi, 47 J. Legal Educ. 205 (1997). string;#Click Here
1994 The Right of Publicity v. the First Amendment: A Property and Liability Rule Analysis 70 Ind. L. J. 47 (1994). string;#Click Here
1989 Governmental Use of Copyrighted Property: The Sovereign's Prerogative, 67 Tex. L. Rev. 685 (1989). string;#Click Here
1989 With A.J. Aiello, The Superwill Debate: Opening the Pandora's Box?, 62 Temp. L. Rev. 277 (1989). string;#Click Here
1987 Retained Jurisdiction in Damage Actions Based on Anticipatory Breach: A Missing Link in Landlord-Tenant Law, 37 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 273 (1986-87). string;#Click Here
1985 Copyright and the Moral Right: Is an American Marriage Possible?, 38 Vand. L. Rev. l (1985). string;#Click Here
1983 Is Independence Day Dawning for the Right of Publicity?, 17 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 191 (1983). string;#Click Here
1981 The Use of Expert Services by Privately Retained Criminal Defense Attorneys, 13 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 1 (1981). string;#Click Here
1979 Comment, Homosexuals’ Right to Marry: A Constitutional Test and a Legislative Solution, 128 U. Pa. L. Rev. 193 (1979). string;#Click Here


2015 The Myth of the Cultural Jew: Culture and Law in Jewish Tradition (Oxford University Press, 2015). string;#
2011 With E.H. Rabin, J.L. Kwall & C.A. Arnold, Fundamentals of Modern Property Law (6th ed., Foundation Press, 2011) (with Teacher’s Manual) . string;#
2010 The Soul of Creativity: Forging a Moral Rights Law for the United States (Stanford University Press, 2010). string;#Click Here
2006 With E.H. Rabin & J. Kwall, Fundamentals of Modern Property Law (5th ed., Foundation Press, 2006) (with Teacher’s Manual). string;#
2004 With R.C. Dreyfuss, Intellectual Property: Cases and Materials on Trademark, Copyright and Patent Law (2nd ed., Foundation Press, 2004) (with Teacher’s Manual) ( 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 Supplements). string;#
2001 With R.C. Dreyfuss, Intellectual Property: Cases and Materials on Trademark, Copyright and Patent Law, Foundation Press, 1996. (with Teacher’s Manual) (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 Supplements). string;#
2000 With E. H. Rabin & J. L. Kwall, Fundamentals of Modern Real Property Law (with Teacher’s Manual) (4th ed., Foundation Press, 2000). string;#
1992 With E. H. Rabin, Fundamentals of Modern Real Property Law (3rd ed., Foundation Press, 1992) (with Teacher’s Manual) (1995, 1996 Supplements) string;#

Book Chapters

2016 The Moral Rights of Art, Grove Press (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2016) string;#
2015 Shabbat: A Diverse Perspective on Human Creativity, in Diversity in Intellectual Property: Identities, Interests, and Intersections (Irene Calboli & Srividhya Ragavan, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2015). string;#Click Here
2015 Human Artistry and Tikkun Olam in Tikkun Olam, Judaism Engages With a Broken World (Martin S. Cohen and David Birnbaum, eds.) (New Paradigm Matrix, 2015). string;#
2007 Narrative's Implications for Moral Rights in the United States, in 1 Intellectual Property and Information Wealth: Issues and Practices in the Digital Age (Peter K. Yu, ed., Praeger, 2007). string;#

Book Reviews

2018 Funny, You Don’t Look Yeshivish, Commentary (2018) (reviewing Chaim Saiman, Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law (2018)). string;#Click Here
2013 Book Review, CJ: Voices of Conservative/Masorti Judaism (2013) (reviewing Vernon H. Kurtz, Reflections on the Weekly Portion (2013)). string;#Click Here
2010 Intellectual Property Law and Jewish Law: A Comparative Perspective on Absolutism, 22 Yale J.L. & Human. 143 (2010). string;#Click Here
2008 The Author as Steward "For Limited Times": A Review of "The Idea of Authorship in Copyright", 88 B.U.L. Rev. 685 (2008). string;#Click Here


2018 Opinion, A Painful Jewish Lesson From Larry Kudlow’s Experience, New York Jewish Week, (Mar. 27, 2018). string;#Click Here
2017 Opinion, Why the aversion to conversion?, Jewish Journal, (Jun. 30, 2017). string;#Click Here
2016 Opinion, El Al Passenger’s Request to Move Female Not Based on Torah, Forward, (Mar. 3 2016) string;#Click Here
2016 Readers Forum, A Wake-Up Call for Kashrut and Tradition, eJewish Philanthropy (Mar. 4, 2016.) string;#Click Here
2016 With Vernon Kurtz, Opinion, When Politicians Invoke Religion, Jewish Journal, (Feb. 17, 2016). string;#Click Here
2016 Commentary, Bernie Sanders and Jewish Tradition, Chi. Trib., Jan. 16, 2016 at 14. string;#Click Here
2016 Opinion, Protecting Anne Frank's Voice — Even 7 Decades Later, Forward, (Jan. 2. 2016). string;#Click Here
2015 Op-Ed: Conservative Judaism has just 2 viable options, Jewish Telegraphic Agency (Dec. 22, 2015), reprinted in Jewish Exponent, Dec. 31, 2015 at 12. string;#Click Here
2015 Readers Forum, A Law-Culture Perspective on the Future Vision of the American Jewish Community, (Oct. 20, 2015). string;#Click Here
2015 Seven Jews—Twenty-One Opinions!!: A Response To My Colleagues (response to participants in symposium on The Myth of the Cultural Jew), Balkinization, (Aug. 20, 2015). string;#Click Here
2015 With Shmuel Rosner, The Cultural Jew exchange, part 1: Can we separate Jewish culture from Jewish law?, Jewish Journal, (Jul. 22, 2015). string;#Click Here
2015 With Shmuel Rosner, The Cultural Jew Exchange, Part 2: Why Should Secular Jews Care About Halakhah?, Jewish Journal, (Jul. 30, 2015) string;#Click Here
2015 With Shmuel Rosner, The Cultural Jew Exchange, Part 3: ‘Israel’s Secular Jews Are Still Steeped In Jewish Tradition’, Jewish Journal, (Aug. 5, 2015). string;#Click Here
2015 Focusing on the Do’s of Judaism, JUF News, (Mar. 2, 2015 11:18:26 AM) string;#Click Here
2015 The Art of Religious Tradition: The Backstory to The Myth of the Cultural Jew, Jewish Book Council, (Mar. 16, 2015). string;#Click Here
2015 The Jewish People Are Like a Symphony!, Jewish Book Council, (Mar. 18, 2015). string;#Click Here
2015 Communicating the Beauty, Jewish Book Council, (Mar. 20, 2015). string;#Click Here
2014 Enhancing Creativity on Shabbat, JUF News, (Nov. 3, 2014 1:28:16 PM). string;#Click Here
2008 Lessons from the Genesis Narratives About Human Creativity, Jewish L. Assoc. Newsletter (August, 2008). string;#
2000 Do Lawyers Proving an Artwork’s ‘Stature’ Under Federal Law Need More Leeway?, American Lawyer Media (November 2000). string;#
1998 Regulating Trademarks on Exterior Signs: Should Local Law Trump the Lanham Act?, ABA Intellectual Property Newsletter (Summer 1998). string;#
1998 United States Supreme Court Rules That Goods With Copyrighted Labels Can Be Imported Without Authorization Into the U.S., Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago Newsletter (Summer 1998). string;#
1997 Legal Developments, Newsletter for the Intellectual Property and Computer Law Section of the A.A.L.S., (1997). string;#