June Besek is the executive director and lecturer in law of the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts at Columbia Law School.
She teaches a seminar on authors, artists, and performers. Besek also co-teaches, a seminar on current issues in copyright.
Before joining Columbia in 1999, Besek was director of intellectual property at Reuters America Inc. She was formerly a partner at Schwab Goldberg Price & Dannay, where she focused on copyright, trademark, and other legal issues.
Besek is the chair of the copyright division of the American Bar Association’s intellectual property section, and also chairs the section’s copyright reform task force. Besek 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 and the Arts.
She clerked for Judge Charles H. Tenney in the Southern District of New York.
Besek earned her J.D. from New York University in 1981 and received her B.A. from Yale