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Professor Steven D. Jamar

Howard University School of Law
Houston Hall Rm. 402

B.A., 1975, Carleton College
J.D., 1979, Hamline College of Law
LL.M., 1994, International and Comparative Law, Georgetown University Law Center

For the 2010-11 academic year Prof. Jamar is teaching Constitutional Law II and Religion and the Law in the fall and Constitutional Law I and Copyright in the spring. Professor Jamar joined the HUSL faculty in 1990 as Director of the Legal Reasoning, Research, & Writing Program, a position he held from 1990 to 2002. He has taught a variety of other courses at HUSL and elsewhere including International Law of Human Rights, IP in International Business Transactions, International Moot Court Team, LRRW I & II, Drafting, Contracts, UCC, ADR, Computer Law, Civil Litigation Clinic, and Introduction to Intellectual Property.

Prof. Jamar is the Associate Director of the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice at Howard University School of Law (IIPSJ at HUSL).  IIPSJ at HUSL was created by Prof. Mtima and Prof. Jamar in 2002 to address the relationship between intellectual property and social justice and to improve the opportunities for HUSL students to enter IP practice. The institute performs its mission in a number of ways including sponsoring relevant scholarship, involving HUSL students in IP courses and issues, designing the IP curriculum, sponsoring student internships in IP law practice, providing CLE instruction in IP to practicing attorneys, advocacy on IP issues with a significant social justice component. Prof. Lateef Mtima is the IIPSJ Director.

Another significant project to which Prof. Jamar contributed was the Howard University commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. Prof. Jamar was a member of the Brown@50 Planning Committee and is the webmaster for the HUSL Brown@50 website.

Prof. Jamar's scholarly work is wide ranging. He presented a paper on the international human right of freedom of religion at an Oxford Round Table Conference at Oxford University in 2002. He has also published articles and done other scholarship in the areas of comparative law, intellectual property, legal rhetoric, ADR, Brown v. Board of Education, and international human rights.

Professor Jamar consulted with the Law Library of Congress on its GLIN (Global Legal Information Network) project. In that effort he was one of the authors of an early version of an xml dtd for GLIN.  At the 2003 GLIN Annual Meeting of member countries from throughout the world, he was the moderator of a panel on the right of access to legal information.

In the late 1990s he consulted with NASA and the Law Library of Congress on the ELIS (Environmental Legal Information System) project.  The ELIS investigators explored the use of computer-related technology and the Internet to link environmentally-related data, including both GIS information and remote sensing data (such as satellite-generated images), to environmental treaties, laws, and regulations in order to make the information more accessible to environmental policy makers, environmental planners, and environmental law enforcement offices worldwide. 

Representative Publications (ssrn.com/author=812426):

Co-author with Prof. Lateef Mtima, Fulfilling the Copyright Social Justice Promise: Digitizing Textual Information, 55 N.Y.L. Sch. L. Rev. 77-108 (2010)

Crafting Copyright Law to Encourage and Protect User-Generated Content in the Internet Social Networking Context, 19 Widener L.J. 843-872 (2010)

Resolving Intellectual Property License Disputes Out of Court, 24 (no. 9) The Computer and Internet Lawyer 24-33 (Sept. 2007)

Webmaster and author of most of the original works on the Brown@50 website including a brief history of Brown v. Board of Education, biographies of some of the key players involved, and an annotated chronology relating to Brown (2004-2010)

Copyright and the Public Interest from the Perspective of Brown v. Board of Education, 48 How. L. J. 629-657 (2005)

Aristotle Teaches Persuasion: The Psychic Connection, 8 Scribes 61-102 (2001-2002)

A Lawyering Approach to Law and Development, 27 N.C. J. Int'l L. & Com. Reg. 31-66 (2001)

Accommodating Religion at Work:  A Principled Approach to Title VII and Religious Freedom, 40 N.Y.L. Sch. L. Rev. 719-832 (1996) (introduction)

The International Human Right to Health, 22 Southern U. L. Rev. 1-68 (1994) (abstract)

The Protection of Intellectual Property under Islamic Law, 21 Cap. U. L. Rev. 1079-1106 (1992)(abstract)

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