Thomas Jefferson School of Law Professor Kevin J. Greene was recognized by the Intellectual Property (IP) Law Section of the State Bar of...
Professor (K.J.) Greene is a native New Yorker and a former United States Marine. Following graduation from Yale Law School with highest honors, he clerked for Justice James Brickley of the Michigan Supreme Court and was awarded honors for outstanding service to the court. He then practiced law at the premier Wall Street law firm of Cravath, Swaine and Moore, where he represented Time-Warner/HBO. He subsequently joined the New York firm of Frankfurt, Garbus, Klein and Selz, where he represented clients in the entertainment industry, including director Spike Lee, the rap group Public Enemy, Geraldo Rivera and singer Bobby Brown.
Since joining the TJSL faculty, Professor Greene has developed a national reputation as an intellectual property scholar, where his work was among the first to explore the intersection of race, culture and intellectual property. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on copyright law, trademark law and celebrity rights of publicity in connection with the music and motion picture industries in journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Hastings Entertainment and Communications Law Journal, and Syracuse University Law Review, among others. He was selected a “Top Attorney” in San Diego in the field of intellectual property in 2005.
Professor Greene speaks regularly before leading intellectual property law groups, including the Association of American Law Schools, the American Bar Association, the International Trademark Association, the Practicing Law Institute and the Intellectual Property Scholar’s Conference and at leading academic institutions around the country. He has served on the boards of the San Diego chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (“ACLU”) and San Diego Lawyer Magazine, and is an officer of the Soka Gaki Institute (“SGI”), a Buddhist lay organization.
Courses include: Contracts, Entertainment Law and Music Law.