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 J. Russell VerSteeg

J. Russell VerSteeg

Professor of Law

(617) 422 7264

A.B. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
J.D. University of Connecticut School of Law
Professor VerSteeg teaches Copyright Law, Sports Law, Trademarks and Unfair Competition, Law in the Ancient World, and UCC: Sales. His areas of interest include intellectual property and legal history. He is the author of Law in the Ancient World (2002), Law in Ancient Egypt (2002), Early Mesopotamian Law (2001), and Essential Latin for Lawyers (1990). He has written more than 20 articles, half of which relate to copyright issues. Before joining the New England Law faculty in 1991, he was a visiting professor at Western New England College School of Law, where he directed The Lawyering Process Program. Previously, he was an associate at the Hartford, Connecticut, firm of Shipman & Goodwin.

 Selected Publications

Law, Technology and Professional Basketball, in Legal Issues in Professional Basketball (2011) (Lewis Kurlantzick ed.)

Sports Law Cases & Materials (2nd ed.2010)

The Essentials of Greek and Roman Law (2009)

A Cost-Benefit Analysis of a Pole Vaulting Helmet Requirement: Why the NFHS and Other Rulemaking Bodies Should Not Adopt Such a Rule, 1 Mich. St. Ent. & Sports L.J. 55 (2009)

Legal Comedy: A Study of Terence's The Phormio, 17 Tul. J. Int'l & Comp. L. 145 (2008)

Illustrated History of the Pole Vault (2008)

Viacom v. YouTube: Preliminary Observations, 9 N.C. J.L. & Tech. 43 (2007)

Sports Law Cases & Materials (2007)

Originality and Creativity in Copyright Law, in Intellectual Property and Information Wealth: Issues and Practices in the Digital Age (2007) (Peter Yu ed.)

Arresting Vaulting Pole Technology, 8 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. L. 93 (2005)

Law and Justice in Caesar's Gallic Wars, 33 Hofstra L. Rev. 571 (2004)

A Legal Commentary on the National Federation of High School Associations Track and Field Rules Relating to the Pole Vault, 14 Marq. Sports L.J. 431 (2004)

Rhetoric and Law in Ovid's Orpheus, 15 J.L. & Literature 395 (2003) co-authored with Nina Barclay

Negligence in the Air: Safety, Legal Liability, and the Pole Vault, 4 Tex. Rev. Ent. & Sports L. 109 (2003)

Intent, Originality, Creativity, and Joint Authorship, 68 Brook. L. Rev. 123 (2002)

The Machinery of Law in Pharaonic Egypt: Organization, Courts, and Judges on the Ancient Nile, 9 Cardozo J. Int'l & Comp. L. 105 (2002)

Law in Ancient Egypt (2002)

Law in the Ancient World (2002)

Legal Procedure and the Law of Evidence in Ancient Egypt, 9 Tul. J. Int'l & Comp. L. 233 (2001)

The Roman Law Roots of Copyright, 59 Md. L. Rev. 522 (2000)

Early Mesopotamian Law (2000)

Early Mesopotamian Commercial Law, 30 U. Tol. L. Rev. 183 (1999)

A Statutory Analysis of the "Laws" of Little League Baseball, 9 Marq. Sports L.J. 103 (1998)

A Contract Analysis of the Trojan War, 40 Ariz. L. Rev. 173 (1998)

Sparks in the Tinderbox: Feist, "Creativity" and the Legislative History of the 1976 Copyright Act, 56 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 549 (1995)

Law in Ancient Egyptian Fiction, 24 Ga. J. Int'l & Comp. L. 37 (1994)

Rethinking Originality, 34 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 801 (1993)

Iguanas, Toads & Toothbrushes: Land Use Regulation of Art as Signage, 25 Ga. L. Rev. 437 (1991)

Law and the Educational Process: The Right of Teacher Inception, 75 Iowa L. Rev. 667 (1990)

Essential Latin for Lawyers (1990)

Professor VerSteeg can comment on the following subjects:

  • Ancient Egyptian Law
  • Ancient Greek Law
  • Ancient Law
  • Computer Law
  • Contracts
  • Copyright Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Legal History, Ancient World
  • Little League Rules of Baseball
  • Mesopotamian Law
  • Roman Law
  • Runners/Motorist and Property Owner Liability
  • Trademark Law
  • Visual Arts and the Law