Lateef Mtima

Lateef Mtima is the Founder and Director of IIPSJ; he is also a Professor of Law at the Howard University School of Law where he regularly teaches courses in intellectual property law and commercial law. Professor Mtima is a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Law School. He has published numerous articles on copyright, publicity rights, and diversity in the legal profession, and is the editor of Intellectual Property, Social Justice, and Entrepreneurship: From Swords to Ploughshares (Edward Elgar 2015), and a co-author of Transnational Intellectual Property Law (West Academic Publishing 2015).

Steven Jamar

Steven D. Jamar was the Associate Director of IIPSJ from 2002 through 2012 and at present serves as Associate Director for International Programs. He is a Professor of Law at the Howard University School of Law where he regularly teaches constitutional law and copyright law. He is a graduate of Carleton College, earned his J.D. from Hamline University School of Law, and his LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center. He has published numerous articles on copyright and on international human rights. His homepage can be viewed at and many of his publications are available for download at


Bryant Young

Bryant Young is the IIPSJ Practitioner in Residence and Instructor, in which capacity he creates, develops and chairs projects regarding the Institute's development and advancement, and drafts position papers. Mr. Young teaches foreign law students, associates, and officials as to the current state of US Intellectual Property law and litigation practice, and serves as a liaison between IIPSJ and several institutions, including the US Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Young's law practice also provides consultation regarding the analysis and forensic preparation of e-Discovery and related issues.

Tashia Bunch

Tashia Bunch is the IIPSJ Chair of Professional and Public Programs, and is also a Staff Attorney in the Trademark Legal Policy Office at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, where her responsibilities include developing legal policy documents as well as related training and educational materials. A 2006 graduate of the Howard University School of Law, Ms. Bunch has also worked in private practice as an attorney in the Trademark and Copyright groups at Fish & Richardson, P.C., and with Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC. Prior to her current position, Ms. Bunch worked for several years as a Trademark Examining Attorney at the USPTO, where she examined trademark applications and represented the Trademark Office before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).


Spencer Boyer

Spencer Boyer is the IIPSJ Senior Scholar and a Professor of Law at Howard University School of Law, where he has been a member of the faculty for five decades. Professor Boyer established one of the nation’s first courses in Entertainment Law, and mentors dozens of practicing attorneys throughout the country.



Shiveta Sooknanan

IIPSJ Research Fellow in Residence 2010-11

Ms. Sooknanan is a 2010 LLM graduate of George Washington University School of Law and came to IIPSJ from Trinidad and Tobago. As a Research Fellow in residence Ms. Sooknanan prepared various IIPSJ position papers particularly in the field of patent law.


Alan Nolley

IIPSJ Research Scholar, 2009-10

Mr. Nolley is a 2008 graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law and a member of the California Bar. As the IIPSJ Research Scholar, Mr. Nolley researched various issues on the implications of intellectual property on social justice and also helped to develop the IIPSJ online IP and Social Justice Library.


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