Sheldon W. Halpern

Professor Emeritus of Law
Sheldon W. Halpern
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Curriculum Vitae Bibliography

  • B.A., Cornell University, 1957
  • LL.B., Cornell University, 1959

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Curriculum Vitae

Professor Halpern taught courses in the law of Copyright, Trademark, Defamation and Privacy, and Contracts. He joined the faculty in 1984 after a 25-year career that included partnership in law firms in New York and Minnesota and positions as vice president and general counsel for two large,publicly held corporations.

He graduated first in his class from the Cornell Law School, where he was an editor of the Cornell Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. He was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. Professor Halpern is the author of several books, most recently Harmonising Copyright Law and Dealing with Dissonance: a Framework for Convergence of US and EU Law (Edward Elgar Publishing, Ltd., 2014) (with Phillip Johnson); other books include Copyright Law: Protection of Original Expression (Carolina Academic Press); and Fundamentals of United States Intellectual Property Law (Kluwer Law International) (with Seymore and Port); and The Law of Defamation, Privacy, Publicity and Moral Right: Cases and Materials on the Protection of Personality Interests.

He also has published numerous articles on the law of copyright, the law of defamation, the rights of privacy and publicity, and contract law. For the 2002/2003 academic year, Professor Halpern was designated the San Filippo Professor of Law at Santa Clara University School of Law; from 2005 to 2013 he was the Harold R. Tyler, Jr., Chair in Law and Technology, at Albany Law School (from which he is also now emeritus). Professor Halpern is an elected Life Member of the American Law Institute. In 2014 he was elected to the newly established Emeritus Academy at The Ohio State University.