Jennifer E. Rothman

Professor of Law
Joseph Scott Fellow 

AB, Princeton University
MFA, University of Southern California
JD, University of California, Los Angeles


Jennifer E. Rothman is Professor of Law and the Joseph Scott Fellow at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.  She joined the Loyola faculty from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was an Associate Professor of Law.  Professor Rothman teaches courses in the areas of Trademarks and Unfair Competition, Copyright, Intellectual Property Theory, Free Speech, Torts and the Right of Publicity. 

Professor Rothman researches and writes primarily in the areas of intellectual property and constitutional law.  She has published numerous articles, including topics such as the consideration of the use of custom in intellectual property; the inalienability of rights of publicity; the use of substantive due process analysis to evaluate uses of copyrighted works; the treatment of sex in intellectual property law; the conflicts between copyright and right of publicity law; the move away from the confusion requirement in trademark law; and the true threats doctrine in First Amendment jurisprudence.  Her work regularly appears in top law reviews and journals, including Cornell Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Virginia Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy and the Stanford Law & Policy Review.  Professor Rothman is nationally recognized as a leading scholar in the intellectual property field and has been invited to speak on the topic at a variety of esteemed institutions, including Columbia, Stanford, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, U.C. Berkeley and UCLA.

Rothman is an elected member of the American Law Institute and serves as a member of the consulting groups for the Restatement (Third) of Information Privacy Principles and the Restatement (Third) of Intentional Harms to Persons.  Professor Rothman also serves on several ABA Committees, including the Trademark Legislation Committee, for which she is the Chair of the Fashion Design Subcommittee.

Rothman received her A.B. from Princeton University where she received the Asher Hinds Book Prize and the Grace May Tilton Prize for her senior thesis on Strategies for Making Films from Written Fiction.  Rothman received an M.F.A. in film production from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, where she directed an award-winning documentary.  Rothman then worked in the film industry for a number of years, including positions at Paramount Pictures and Castle Rock Entertainment.

Rothman received her J.D. from UCLA, where she graduated first in her class and won the Jerry Pacht Memorial Constitutional Law Award for her scholarship in that field.  Rothman served as law clerk to the Honorable Marsha S. Berzon of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco and then practiced as an entertainment and intellectual property litigator in Los Angeles at Irell & Manella.

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