Michael Murray

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Professor Michael D. Murray graduated from Loyola College in Maryland and from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He was a member of a national champion Jessup International Law Moot Court team at Columbia, and Notes Editor of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. After law school, he clerked for United States District Judge John F. Nangle of the Eastern District of Missouri, and Chair of the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. Murray also practiced commercial, intellectual property, and products liability litigation for seven years at Bryan Cave law firm in St. Louis. After leaving private practice, Professor Murray taught at Saint Louis University School of Law from 1998-2002, and the University of Illinois College of Law from 2002 to the present. Recently, he taught International Art Law in the University of San Diego Law School's summer 2007 international and comparative law program in Florence, Italy. He will be a visiting associate professor of law at Valparaiso University School of Law in 2008-09.

Professor Murray's most recent book projects are International Art Law: International, Transnational, and Comparative Perspectives on Law and the Arts, and The Law (in Plain English®) for Health Care Professionals, both of which are expected in 2008. His most recent articles are Copyright, Originality, and the End of the Scènes à Faire and Merger Doctrines for Visual Works, 58 Baylor L. Rev. 779 (2006), The Positive Pedagogy of Presentations to Partners, 21 Second Draft 11 (Dec. 2006), and Communicating Explanatory Synthesis, 14 Perspectives 136 (Spring 2006). Professor Murray's recent presentations include "DIOS MIO - The KISS Principle of Art," The Law and Ethics of Intellectual Property Lecture, University of Illinois School of Art and Design, March 3, 2008; "All’s Fair in Love and Art? Predominant Purpose, Transformation, and the Triumphant Return of Satire," The Taste of Art Lecture Series, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL, February 25, 2008; "Oral Argument," at the University of Illinois Springfield Department of Legal Studies and the Institute for Legal, Legislative, and Policy Studies in May 2007; "Publishing Legal Writing Books," at the Legal Writing Institute National Conference in June 2006, and "Classical Rhetoric, Explanatory Synthesis, and the TREAT Paradigm" at Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville and the University of Wyoming College of Law in December 2005.

Professor Murray currently has published thirteen books, including the recently updated Deskbook of Art Law (Oxford University Press 2007), Adversarial Legal Writing and Oral Argument (Foundation Press 2006), Appellate Advocacy and Moot Court (Foundation Press 2006), Legal Research Methods (Foundation Press 2006), Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis (Foundation Press 2006), Objective Legal Writing and Analysis (Foundation Press 2006), and First Amendment and Censorship (Oxford University Press 2005). He also has published Legal Research and Writing and Legal Research and Writing Problems and Exercises (Foundation Press 2005) as part of a Foundation Press series "Legal Research and Writing" by Professor Murray and Christy DeSanctis of George Washington. His casebook, Art Law: Cases and Materials (William S. Hein 2004), is one of the most widely adopted casebooks in the field.
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