Shontavia Johnson Prof ile
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Assistant Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise

Intellectual Property, Entrepreneurship, Property


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

The Human Canvas: Tattoos as Intellectual Property (work in progress outlining the myriad issues that arise when individuals and companies pursue intellectual property protection for technology, designations and works based on tattoos)
Trademark Territoriality in Cyberspace: An Internet Framework for Common Law Trademarks, 29 Berkeley Tech. L. Rev. _____ (forthcoming 2014)

Memetic Theory, Trademarks & the Viral Meme Mark, 13 J. Marshall Rev. of Intell. Prop. L. 96 (2013)

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

Significant Accomplishments

Recipient of Jackie Robinson Foundation 42 Under 40 Alumni Award, 2014

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

Certificate of Appreciation & Support as Most Supportive Law Professor, Loyola University College of Law Black Law Students Association, 2009

Regular Panelist, VentureNet Iowa

Board of Directors, Iowa Intellectual Property Law Association

Member, President’s Volunteer Service Award Selection Committee for Central Iowa

Founder, Each One International Foundation, Inc. nonprofit organization

Member, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Member, Board of Directors, Science Center of Iowa


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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.

Last Modified: 7/3/2014 12:33:00 PM by Ann Van Hemert