Elon Law professor participates in fall legal conferences

Professor Sue Liemer, director of the Legal Method & Communication Program, contributed perspectives at two October legal conferences focused on intellectual property.

The director of Elon Law’s Legal Method & Communication Program traveled to Washington, D.C., and to Utah over the fall trimester for two conferences that examined issues related to intellectual property.

Professor Sue Liemer presented at the 2019 IP Mosaic Conference, an annual event held by the Institute of Intellectual Property and Social Justice at Howard University, on a chapter she is contributing to the forthcoming book “The Cambridge University Handbook on Intellectual Property and Social Justice”.

Liemer’s chapter delves into the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990, which prohibits the destruction of works of visual art “of recognized stature,” and asks readers a simple question: recognized by whom?

A week later, Liemer participated in the plenary debate at the 2019 Copyright and Trademark Symposium hosted by Brigham Young University in Provo. In that debate, Liemer argued that  United States law insufficiently protects the moral rights of creators to control their works.

Liemer joined the Elon Law faculty in 2017 after 17 years as director of the Lawyering Skills Program at Southern Illinois University School of Law. She served from 1998-2000 as president of the Association of Legal Writing Directors and served a four-year term on the Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute. She also created and co-edited the Legal Writing Professors’ Blog, which has twice been listed in the ABA Journal’s top law blogs.

Her scholarship includes book chapters, law journal articles, and book reviews on legal writing education and the administration of legal writing programs. Liemer has also written law journal articles on the legal rights of artists and occasionally teaches Art Law.