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Tuneen Chisolm

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Associate Professor of Law

Tuneen Chisolm is an Associate Professor of Law at Howard University School of Law. A legal scholar in the areas of Intellectual Property and Reparations, Professor Chisolm focuses her research on exploration of, and practical remedies for, moral conflicts and equity issues posed by the granting and/or restriction of certain intellectual property and other intangible rights. She has published in such journals as the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Yale Journal of Law and Technology, St. John’s Law Review, and the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change. Professor Chisolm teaches an array of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law courses and Constitutional Law; she has also taught Remedies, Professional Responsibility & Ethics, and Property. She brings to her teaching and scholarship a uniquely extensive background in the practice of both law and engineering.

Professor Chisolm has been named to the National Roster of Arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association since 2010. Her ADR practice encompasses commercial business, complex construction, product liability, intellectual property, and entertainment disputes. A former litigator with many years of national practice experience focused on intellectual property, entertainment, unfair competition, and commercial business disputes, and related counseling, Professor Chisolm has represented talent and corporate entities in a variety of matters related to music, film, television, literary arts, fashion, patents, chemical manufacture, software, product liability, and more. Prior to beginning her legal career, Professor Chisolm was a Research and Development Engineer in the biotechnology and specialty chemicals industries. Her work at the DuPont Company focused on initial efforts to address global warming and ozone depletion concerns and it led to Professor Chisolm being a named inventor on several domestic and foreign patents relating to development of early alternatives to CFC refrigerants and fire extinguishants.

Prior to joining the Howard law faculty, Professor Chisolm was a tenured Associate Professor at Campbell University School of Law in North Carolina. She currently serves as a Pro Bono Mediator for the North Carolina Office of Human Resources and provides pro bono attorney services on discrete entertainment and intellectual property matters.

Professor Chisolm earned her Sc.B. in Engineering (Biomedical) from Brown University, her M.S. of Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University, and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where she was on the Law Review. Following law school, Professor Chisolm clerked for the Hon. Consuelo B. Marshall (’58, L’61) in the United Stated District Court for Central District of California. Professor Chisolm is admitted to the New York, California, and Georgia bars.