Professor Mark F. Schultz joined the faculty in 2003. He teaches and writes primarily in the area of intellectual property.
Professor Schultz is a frequent author and speaker known for his work on the intersection of copyright and social norms. Among the awards and recognition he has received for his scholarship was the law school’s Outstanding Scholar of the Year award in 2008. Recently published papers have discussed the viability of “free” business models in the music industry and the promotion of creative industries as a grass-roots development strategy for poor countries.
He has taught the intellectual property survey class, copyright law, trademarks & unfair competition, cyberlaw, seminars on the law and business of the music industry and international intellectual property policy and development, and legal ethics. Professor Schultz was a visiting professor at DePaul University College of Law during the 2007–08 academic year.
Professor Schultz received his J.D. with honors in 1993 from the George Washington University School of Law and his B.A. in International Economics from the George Washington University in 1989. He was a judicial clerk for the Hon. Daniel M. Friedman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., and the Hon. Eric G. Bruggink of the United States Court of Federal Claims. Before joining the faculty, he practiced law in Chicago, Illinois, for eight years doing transactional work for high tech companies and litigating trademark, copyright, and Internet cases.
He is active in leadership roles in local and national organizations, serving as Chair Elect of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Law and Computers and as an officer and board member for several other professional and public policy organizations. For the past several years, he has served as an NGO delegate to the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, participating in meetings on intellectual property and development.