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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

KPCC Air Talk
November 18, 2019
Re: Camille Gear Rich

Camille Gear Rich participated in a discussion on KPCC Air Talk about free speech. “I think we’re entering an era in which people are much more aware of the need for some protection, some regulation in terms of how speech is orchestrated, that government is in a position where it’s trying to create conditions where a variety of speakers with different sensitivities can participate in public debate. So when it says “Congress shall make no law,” there are all sorts of ways in which we have historically carved out particular things, particular areas, where there is a need for regulation … there is a need for let’s say, speed bumps, or containers … where there are certain kinds of speech that are so coercive to public debate or dangerous for other reasons that we impose some limitations and we’ve created definitions around obscenity, around threats, around fighting words, to try to create those conditions that really will allow for a truly participatory and rich conversation,” Rich said.

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

Nomi Stolzenberg
July, 2019

Nomi Stolzenberg, "Anne Dailey and the New Fictionalism," 36th Annual Congress of Law and Mental Health, Rome, Italy.

Thomas D. Lyon
July, 2019

"Effects of the Putative Confession Instruction on Perceptions of Children's True and False Statements" (with Jennifer Gongola and Nicholas Scurich), Applied Cognitive Psychology 33 (2019): 655.

Thomas D. Lyon
July, 2019

"Children’s Concealment of a Minor Transgression: The Role of Age, Maltreatment, and Executive Functioning" (with Shanna Williams and Kelly McWilliams), Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.