Faculty: Melissa Eckhause

Melissa Eckhause

Adjunct Professor of Law
San Francisco
Melissa Eckhause

Adjunct Professor Melissa Eckhause is an intellectual property attorney specializing in copyright and trademark law. She previously was an Adjunct Professor at Texas A&M University School of Law where she taught Entertainment Law and 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 over ten years in private practice at Am Law 150 firms. Professor Eckhause has represented music and film producers, Fortune 500 companies, start-up ventures, entertainment professionals, and professional athletes in litigation and deals.

Professor Eckhause's research lies at the intersection of technology, intellectual property law, and art, and it focuses on the rights of visual artists, musicians, and other creators in the digital age. She recently authored, Digital Sampling v. Appropriation Art: Why is One Stealing and the Other Fair Use? A Proposal for a Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Digital Music Sampling , which is a forthcoming publication in the Berkeley Journal of Entertainment and Sports Law. She serves on the College Art Association's Intellectual Property Committee and has given numerous presentations on intellectual property issues for artists.

Professor Eckhause received an LLM from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. She also graduated summa cum laude from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and earned a BBA in Risk Management & Insurance with honors from the University of Wisconsin.