Faculty and Staff
Jane C. Ginsburg
Morton L. Janklow Professor of Literary and Artistic Property Law
Faculty Director, Kernochan Center
Jane C. Ginsburg joined the Columbia faculty in 1987, after three years in private practice, and has taught copyright law since 1987 and trademarks since 1988. She is a Vice President of ALAI and President of ALAI-USA. Her many publications include three casebooks and numerous articles on domestic and international copyright law. She received her B.A. and M.A. from University of Chicago, J.D. from Harvard, and D.E.A. and Doctor of Law from the Université de Paris II
June M. Besek
Executive Director and Lecturer in Law, Kernochan Center
June M. Besek is the Executive Director of the Kernochan Center for Law, Media, and the Arts at Columbia Law School. Before joining Columbia in 1999, she was Director of Intellectual Property at Reuters America Inc., and a partner at Schwab Goldberg Price & Dannay in New York City, where her work focused on copyright, trademark and other legal issues, particularly as they relate to new technologies. At Columbia, Ms. Besek heads the Kernochan Center’s program for intellectual property studies and law reform, which is currently involved in a number of projects relating to digital libraries and archives. She teaches a seminar on Authors, Artists, and Performers and coteaches, with Professor Jane Ginsburg, a seminar on Current Issues in Copyright.
Ms. Besek served as a member of the Section 108 Study Group, created by the Library of Congress and the Copyright Office to examine the copyright exceptions for libraries and archives in light of new technologies and to make recommendations for legislative change. She is the chair of the Copyright Division of the ABA Intellectual Property Section, and also chairs the Section’s Copyright Reform Task Force. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and the board of advisors of the Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts. She is also a member of the Committee on Copyright and Literary Property of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
Ms. Besek earned her J.D. (cum laude) from New York University School of Law in 1981, where she was elected to Order of the Coif. She clerked for Judge Charles H. Tenney in the Southern District of New York. She earned her B.A. (cum laude) from Yale University. Ms. Besek is the author of many articles and studies on copyright law issues, a list of which can be found here.
Deputy Director and Lecturer in Law, Kernochan Center
Pippa Loengard joined the Kernochan Center in October, 2006. Ms. Loengard graduated with a degree in History from Cornell University and a Masters Degree in Communication from Stanford University, where she was the 1994 recipient of the Karl A. and Madira Bickel Fellowship. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Loengard worked in television production for several years as an Assistant Director on various episodic shows and as a Coordinating Producer for A&E Television Networks. An interest in intellectual property issues as they related to her work in documentary film provoked her go to to law school. Her research focuses on issues surrounding the visual arts and entertainment industries. She is particularly interested in issues of taxation as they pertain to the arts and the rights of authors and creators.
Ms. Loengard is a member of the Entertainment Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and serves on the Executive Committee of the EASLS section of the New York State Bar Association. She was a member of the Art Law Committee of the City Bar Association from 2007-2010. She graduated from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and an Articles Editor on the Journal of Law and the Arts. Additionally, she holds an LL.M. in Taxation from N.Y.U. School of Law. She was in private practice at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP before joining the Kernochan Center staff.
Professor of Law, Kernochan Center
Tim Wu joined the Columbia Law School faculty in 2006. Professor Wu's research is at the intersection of international, copyright, and telecommunications law. Wu graduated from McGill University in 1995, and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1998. After a stint at the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel, he clerked for Judge Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and Stephen Breyer of the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Wu came to academia from the telecommunications industry, where he worked in international and domestic marketing.
Wu has taught at the United Nations Development Program in Katmandu, Nepal and at Kyushu University in Fukoka, Japan. He has also been a visiting professor at Chicago and Stanford Law Schools, and is a term member of the Council of Foreign Relations.