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Melissa Eckhause

Melissa Eckhause

Lecturer in Law

699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA

Last Updated: September 20, 2019




Melissa Eckhause is an intellectual property attorney specializing in copyright and trademark law. She also teaches “Advanced Media Law in the Digital Age” at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She previously was an adjunct professor at Texas A&M University School of Law, where she taught entertainment law, and was an assistant professor at the Art Institute, where she taught copyright law, media business law, fashion business law and other courses.

Prior to entering academia, she spent more than 10 years in private practice at Am Law 150 firms. She has represented media outlets, music and film producers, Fortune 500 companies, start-up ventures, entertainment professionals and professional athletes in litigation and deals.

She received an LLM from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. She also graduated first in her class from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and earned a BBA with honors from the University of Wisconsin. 

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

Los Angeles Times
January 15, 2020
Re: Wayne Sandholtz

Wayne Sandholtz, a faculty member part of both USC Gould and USC Dornsife, wrote an op-ed discussing how Trump is “a few steps from becoming a new kind of autocrat –an elected one.” He analyzes how Trump’s strategies and actions mirror those of other elected autocrats, naming Viktor Orban, Vladimir Putin, and Rodrigo Duterte as examples.

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

Ariela Gross
November, 2019

Ariela Gross has been elected as the new Chair of the Legal History Section of the American Association of Law Schools. 

Daniel Klerman
November, 2019

“Legal Origin from Outer Space,” Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, Claremont-McKenna College, Claremont, CA.

Thomas D. Lyon
November, 2019

Thomas Lyon commented on Roseanna Sommers’, “Commonsense Consent,” at the 14th Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, Claremont-McKenna College.