Law professor named to list of top African-American professors in Ohio

September 27, 2013 | News, UToday, Law
By Rachel Phipps

Llewellyn Joseph Gibbons, UT professor of law, has been named to a list of the top 25 African-American Professors in the state by Online Schools Ohio and



Gibbons’ scholarship is at the intersection of law, contract and technology. A pioneering professor in the area of cyberlaw, he penned one of the first law review articles to study the theoretical legal principles on which the Internet could be governed.

His new treatise on trademark law, “Mastering Trademark and Unfair Competition Law,” with Lars S. Smith, recently was released. He also has published numerous law review articles, three book chapters and one encyclopedia entry.

Gibbons is at work on books on intellectual property licensing, and trademark myths and the law.

As a Fulbright scholar and after having delivered invited lectures in Argentina, England, China, Finland, Hong Kong, Italy and Singapore, Gibbons has earned an international reputation. His articles have been republished in India and translated into Chinese and Japanese. He is also a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Intellectual Property Rights at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in Wuhan, China, and an elected member of the American Law Institute.

“African-American professors of distinction in Ohio create a broad tapestry of the arts and sciences, excelling in academic teaching and inquiry into music, law, education, history, visual arts and social justice,” according to Online Schools Ohio. “This selection of the top 25 African American educators in the Buckeye State draws from major research universities as well as from teaching colleges. These celebrated educators, writers, artists, policy experts and scientists share a singular commitment to fostering educational diversity and opportunity.”

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