Shontavia Johnson Prof ile
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Director of the Intellectual Property Law Center


Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law


Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise

Intellectual Property, Entrepreneurship, Property, Entertainment Law


J.D., cum laude, University of Arkansas School of Law
B.S., Clemson University, Biosystems Engineering with an emphasis in Applied Biotechnology


Drake professor since 2010
Westerfield Fellow, Loyola University New Orleans
College of Law
Intellectual Property Associate, Nelson Mullins Riley
& Scarborough
Judicial Extern, Hon. Jimm Larry Hendren, District Court for the 
Western District of Arkansas

Selected Publications

Innovation Catalyst or Entrepreneurship Killer? The America Invents Act Five Years Later, (work in progress)

Branded: Trademark Tattoos, Slave Owner Brands, And The Right To Have “Free” Skin, (forthcoming in the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review)

Trademark Territoriality in Cyberspace: An Internet Framework for Common Law Trademarks, 29 Berkeley Tech. L. Rev. 1253 (2014) (First Place Winner, 2014 International Trademark Association Ladas Memorial Award)

Memetic Theory, Trademarks & the Viral Meme Mark, 13 J. Marshall Rev. of Intell. Prop. L. 96 (2013) (Third Place Winner, 2014 International Trademark Association Ladas Memorial Award)

Note, Peremptory Challenges: Striking Down Discrimination In Arkansas’s Jury Selection Process, 59 Ark. L. Rev. 93 (2006) )

Significant Accomplishments

Inspiring Women in STEM, INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine, 2016

Fulbright Specialist Roster Candidate, designated by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education Council for International Exchange of Scholars, 2016

A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. Fellowship awarded by the American Arbitration Association, 2016

The National Black Lawyers Top 100 Designation, 2016

Ladas Memorial Award from the International Trademark Association, First and Third Place, 2014

Gertrude Rush Award from the Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys, 2014

Outstanding Alumnus Award from the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, 2014

42 Under 40 Alumni Award from the Jackie Robinson Foundation, 2014

Nation's Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40 Award, selected by the National Bar Association and IMPACT, 2013


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Changing the World

As noted by Charles Hamilton Houston, "a lawyer is either a social engineer or he’s a parasite on society.” I aim to create a positive impact on society through my teaching and scholarship. In my travels to countries like South Africa and Haiti, I have seen the incredible impact that access (or lack thereof) to resources, education and the legal system can have on various groups of people. As a professor, I hope to motivate future lawyers to think critically about the world in which they live and how to use the law to improve that world.

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