Second Annual CICL Speaker Biographies

M. Scott Boone

Professor Boone received his Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from Texas Christian University and his Juris Doctor from Franklin Pierce Law Center.  While in law school, he externed in the chambers of the Honorable Paul R. Michel, Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  After practicing patent law in Atlanta, Georgia, he entered legal teaching at Temple University School of Law as an Abraham L. Friedman Fellow.  Since receiving his LL.M. from Temple, he has taught at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia.  His writes in the area of intellectual property and law and technology.

Vanessa G. Cunningham-Engram, Ed.D., J.D.

Professor Cunningham-Engram is an Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina.  She is a specialist in communication law and ethics and has a narrow research interest in obscenity law and sexual expression in mass media.  Professor Cunningham-Engram has taught mass communication law for several years and has given presentations on the First Amendment and sexual expression at conferences throughout the United States. 

Jon M. Garon

Professor Garon joined Hamline in 2003, serving as the law school’s ninth dean from 2003-2008. In addition, he was appointed Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Management for 2005-06. He is a nationally recognized authority on intellectual property, particularly copyright law, entertainment practice, cyberspace, and intellectual property entrepreneurship. He traveled extensively on his post-deanship sabbatical, lecturing in Israel and China at schools including Hebrew University, Haifa University, University of Hong Kong, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing and East China University of Political Science and Law, Shanghai. Garon returned to the classroom in 2009, teaching Intellectual Property, Copyright, and Entertainment Law.

Garon also has extensive practice experience. From 1988 to 1989, he worked at Shea & Gould and its successor firm Myerson & Kuhn in Los Angeles, California, specializing in entertainment law, film financing, recording agreements, business formation, and copyright and trademark licensing. From 1990-1993, he ran a solo practice in Laguna Beach, California, where he practiced a wide range of entertainment, corporate, and transactional law. From 1994-1996, he worked for Hawes & Fischer, in Newport Beach, California, facilitating growth of its entertainment law practice, and negotiating and drafting software development, multimedia, and music agreements. In 2000, he began working at the law firm of Gallagher, Callahan, and Gartrell, where he remains an of counsel member of the firm. He has extensive practice experience in the areas of entertainment law, business planning, copyright, software licensing, data privacy and security, and trademark law. 

He began teaching full time in 1993 at Western State University College of Law in Orange County, California. There he taught all aspects of intellectual property, entertainment, and business law. He served as chairperson on the curriculum committee and served as founding president of the Western State Law Foundation. From 1996 to 1998, he served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. From 1999 to 2001, he was on the Dean's Advisory Board, and from 1998 to 2001, he was a member of the Entrepreneurial Law Center Advisory Board. In 2000, he joined the Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire, where he taught copyright, entertainment law, and business law. While in New Hampshire, he served as Chairperson of the New Hampshire Film Commission.

Professor Garon has written numerous books and articles, including THE INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER’S LAW & BUSINESS GUIDE TO FINANCING, SHOOTING, AND DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT AND DIGITAL FILMS (A Cappella Books, 2d Ed. 2009); OWN IT – THE LAW & BUSINESS GUIDE TO LAUNCHING A NEW BUSINESS THROUGH INNOVATION, EXCLUSIVITY AND RELEVANCE (Carolina Academic Press 2007); ENTERTAINMENT LAW & PRACTICE (Carolina Academic Press 2005) (supplement 2007); and THEATER LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS (Carolina Academic Press 2004) (co-author). 

Professor Garon’s academic articles include Content, Control and the Socially Networked Film, for the Brandeis Law Journal, Reintermediation, for the International Journal of Private Law, Playing in the Virtual Arena: Avatars and Identity Reconceptualized through Virtual Worlds and Computer Games for Chapman Law Review, What if DRM Fails?: Seeking Patronage in the iWasteland and the Virtual O, for the Michigan State Law Review, Acquiring and Managing Identity Interests, for the new Entertainment Law Review at University of Florida, Normative Copyright: A Conceptual Framework for Copyright Philosophy & Ethics for Cornell Law Review, Entertainment Law, for the Tulane Law Review, Media and Monopoly in the Information Age: Slowing the Convergence at the Marketplace of Ideas for the Cardozo Journal of Law & the Arts, Star Wars: Film Permitting, Prior Restraint & the Government's Role in the Entertainment Industry for Loyola Entertainment Law Journal.

Professor Garon can be reached by email or 651-523-2535 (direct).

James R. Higgins, Jr.

Mr. Higgins is a partner in Middleton Reutlinger, a Registered Patent Attorney and the founder of Middleton Reutlinger’s intellectual property (IP) division.  He is a 1978 graduate of the University of Louisville School of Law and has practiced IP law, mostly as a litigator, for over 30 years.  Mr. Higgins has handled patent, copyright, trademark and/or trade secret cases in Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York, Maryland, Tennessee, Georgia, Texas, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Arizona and California.  Mr. Higgins has also handled appeals at the Court of Appeals for the Second (New York), Fifth (New Orleans), Sixth (Cincinnati) and Federal (Washington DC) Circuits, as well as before the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of Kentucky.   In 2003, in the landmark Moseley v. Victoria’s Secret trademark dilution case, Mr. Higgins was prevailing lead counsel at the U.S. Supreme Court.  Mr. Higgins has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1991 (inaugural edition) and is both Chambers listed (Band 1) and a Kentucky Super Lawyer (Top 50).  Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Higgins was a Registered Professional Engineer for a Fortune 100 company.

Professor Dr. Annette Kur

Professor Kur is a senior member of research staff and Head of Unit at the Max-Planck-Institute (MPI) for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law. She is Associate Professor at the University of Stockholm and Honorary Professor at the University of Munich (LMU). She teaches also at Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC), and is a member of foreign faculty, Santa Clara University (CA). In fall 2006 and spring 2009, she was a Visiting Professor (Hauser Global Law School Program) at NYU, New York. She has served as adviser in the American Law Institute’s project “Intellectual Property: Principles Governing Jurisdiction, Choice of Law, and Judgments in Transnational Disputes. She is President of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP) for the term 2007-2009.

Professor Kur is the author of books and numerous articles in the field of national, European and international trademark, unfair competition and industrial design law as well as international jurisdiction and choice of law.

Ira S. Nathenson

Professor Ira S. Nathenson teaches Intellectual Property, Cyberlaw, and Civil Procedure at St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, Florida.  Professor Nathenson earned his law degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, graduating summa cum laude and serving as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review.  Prior to academia, Professor Nathenson served as a law clerk to the Honorable D. Michael Fisher and the Honorable Joseph F. Weis, Jr., both judges with the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  Professor Nathenson also practiced at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP (now K&L Gates LLP), where he focused on copyright, trademark, and internet matters, including litigation, enforcement, clearance, registration, and due diligence.  He also served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, teaching courses in the areas of Intellectual Property, Civil Procedure, and Commercial and Business Law.

Professor Nathenson was recently named 1-L Professor of the Year by the students and Student Bar Association of St. Thomas University School of Law.  He has also been active in developing novel approaches to teaching upper-level classes, including creating live, online role-playing simulations for teaching Cyberlaw.  Professor Nathenson’s writings on intellectual property law have twice won the nationally recognized Ladas Memorial Award from the Brand Names Education Foundation.  His scholarship currently focuses on the DMCA safe harbors, digital preservation, and curricular reforms in law teaching through simulations.