Director of the Hofstra CIPL

Prof. Irina D. Manta
Prof. Irina D. MantaDirector of the Hofstra CIPL
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Prof. Irina Manta is the founder and inaugural director of the Hofstra CIPL, as well as an associate professor of law who specializes in intellectual property. Her research examines the intersection between intellectual property law and social science, with a focus on psychology. She has most recently written about the hedonic value of trademarks and its legal implications, the problem of cognitive bias in copyright infringement litigation, and the role of criminal sanctions in intellectual property. Professor Manta has published or has forthcoming work in the William & Mary Law ReviewIowa Law ReviewBoston College Law ReviewOhio State Law Journal, Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, Stanford Technology Law Review, Florida Law Review, and Arizona Law Review, among others. She is also a co-author for a forthcoming textbook on criminal law issues in intellectual property. Professor Manta has further been a guest blogger for PrawfsBlawg and for Concurring Opinions. In 2014, she received the Lawrence A. Stessin Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publications, which is awarded to two junior faculty members across all disciplines at Hofstra University.

Before joining the law school faculty in 2012, Professor Manta was an Assistant Professor of Law at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. She was a Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School from 2007 to 2009. Professor Manta has also served on the faculties of Brooklyn Law School, The George Washington University School of Law, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. She clerked for Judge Morris S. Arnold on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit for the 2006-2007 term.

While earning her J.D. at Yale Law School, Professor Manta was the grand prize winner of the Foley & Lardner LLP Intellectual Property Writing Competition. She also served as tributes editor of the Yale Law Journal, articles editor of the Yale Law & Policy Review, and editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. in psychology.

Affiliated Faculty

Prof. Akilah Folami
Prof. Akilah Folami Professor of Law
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Professor Folami began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Constance Baker Motley of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She then went on to practice as an associate in the litigation department at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP in New York and then practiced in the technology transaction group of Morrison & Foerster’s New York office. While there, Ms. Folami developed her practice on a wide range of technology, intellectual property, new media, and Internet-related issues, such as ownership, licensing, e-commerce, online contracting and privacy.

Prior to joining the Hofstra Law School community, Professor Folami served as an Assistant Professor of Legal Writing at St. John’s School of Law. While there, she wrote on issues exploring media consolidation in broadcast radio and its effect on American youth and testified before the Federal Communications Commission regarding her findings. Professor Folami’s scholarly interests include the intersection of communications law and media policy and the regulation of speech and cultural expression, particularly hip hop culture, on broadcast radio. She teaches Communications Law, Property, Wills, Trusts and Estates.

Prof. Leon Friedman
Prof. Leon FriedmanJoseph Kushner Distinguished Professor of Civil Liberties Law
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After graduation from Harvard Law School, Professor Friedman worked for the New York City law firm of Kaye Scholer, Fierman Hays & Handler. He left the firm when his play, The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald , was produced on Broadway and was later made into a television movie. He became general counsel of a New York publishing firm, Chelsea House Publishers, and then was selected as associate director of the Committee on Courtroom Conduct for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where he and Norman Dorsen wrote Disorder in the Court , the leading work on the subject. Thereafter, he was the director of the Committee for Public Justice and staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union during the Watergate era, where he litigated numerous cases dealing with national security, misuse of government power, the legality of the Vietnam War and the draft, and the First Amendment. He continues to write amicus briefs on important Supreme Court cases for the ACLU, PEN American Center, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and other public interest groups. He has testified before Congress on numerous occasions.

Professor Friedman is the author of more than 100 law journal articles and newspaper columns in such publications as The New York Times, The Nation, The New Republic, and The American Scholar. His book The Justices of the United States Supreme Court, 1789-1969 , won the annual Scribes Award for the best book on a legal subject. Among his other books are The Supreme Court Confronts Abortion, Unquestioning Obedience to the President, The Wise Minority and Southern Justice .He is a leading copyright lawyer and has represented such entertainers as Kathleen Turner and James Brown as well as many authors such as John McPhee, I.B. Singer, Stephen Spender, Hunter Thompson, Susan Sontag, Oscar Hijuelos and the Estates of T.S. Eliot and Edith Wharton. He has also represented Jean Harris in an important First Amendment case dealing with the “Son of Sam” law, and Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, for whom he obtained a writ of habeas corpus, freeing him from 19 years of imprisonment. His activities on behalf of Hurricane Carter were featured in the film “The Hurricane” starring Denzel Washington. He acts as general counsel to PEN American Center, a leading writers group fighting censorship.

He lectures regularly to federal judges around the country, under the auspices of the Federal Judicial Center, on civil rights and criminal procedure. He frequently lectures at continuing legal education gatherings, such as those sponsored by the Practising Law Institute, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the American Bar Association/American Law Institute, on subjects such as civil rights, civil procedure, criminal procedure and the First Amendment.

Affiliated Scholar

Prof. Zvi S. Rosen
Prof. Zvi S. RosenVisiting Scholar
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Professor Rosen’s research focuses on the development of intellectual property and bankruptcy law in the nineteenth and early 20th century, and how a reexamination of that legacy gives often dramatic insights about modern law and its interpretation. His work has appeared in journals including the American Bankruptcy Law Journal, the Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA, the St. John’s Law Review, and the Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal. His current projects include research on pre-1972 copyrights for sound recordings and the scope of common-law copyright law. He has taught Legal Writing at the law school, and he has also taught at the New York Law School and University of New Hampshire School of Law, teaching subjects including Copyright Law and Film and TV Law.

Before coming to the law school, Professor Rosen practiced at firms including Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and Cohen, Tauber Spievack & Wagner, PC. He also clerked for Chief Judge Thomas B. Bennett of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Alabama. He holds a JD from the Northwestern University School of Law, and an LLM in Intellectual Property from the George Washington University School of Law.

Professor Rosen’s research has won awards including the Otto Walter Award for best article by a member of the adjunct faculty at New York Law School, the Seton Award from the Copyright Society of USA for best piece in its journal by an author under 40, and the Finnegan Prize for the best paper in IP by a student at the George Washington University Law School.