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Liam S. O'Melinn

Professor of Law
Tilton Hall #178
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Professor O'Melinn joined the College of Law in 2001 and was promoted to full professor in 2007. He has also taught as a Visiting Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Law School. Prior to joining the law faculty at ONU, Professor O'Melinn was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Justice, Law and Society at American University, where he earned the Award for Outstanding Teaching in the General Education Program.

Prior to teaching at American University he was a Lecturer and Instructor in History at Yale University. Professor O'Melinn served as a Law Clerk to the Hon. Leonard I. Garth, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and held a Golieb Fellowship in Legal History at NYU Law School.

Ph.D., History, Yale University
J.D., Columbia Law School
B.A. History, University of California, Santa Cruz
Teaching Interests: 

Intellectual Property 
Constitutional Law 
Legal and Constitutional History 
Corporate History and Theory 

Faculty Activities

The Recording Industry v. James Madison, aka "Publius": The Inversion of Culture and Copyright, 35 Seattle L. Rev. 75 (2011).

Our Discrete and Insular Founders: American "Degeneracy" and the Birth of Constitutional Equality (in progress).

Making Others Do the Work: Secondary Liability and the Creation of a General Obligation to the Copyright Industries, 3 Akron I.P. J. 171 (2009).

What if James Madison Were to Assess the Intellectual Property Revolution? 2008 Mich. State L. Rev. 401 (2008).

Software and Shovels: How the Intellectual Property Revolution is Undermining Traditional Concepts of Property, 76 U. Cincinnati L. Rev. 143 (2007).

Neither Contract Nor Concession: The Public Personality of the Corporation, 74 Geo. W. L. Rev. 201 (2006).

The New Software Jurisprudence and the Faltering First Amendment, 6 Vand. J. Ent. L. & Prac. 310 (2004).

The Sanctity of Association: The Corporation and Individualism in American Law, 37 San Diego L. Rev. 101 (2000).

The Imperial Origins of Federal Indian Law, 31 Arizona St. Law Journal 1207 (1999).

The American Revolution and Constitutionalism in the Seventeenth-Century West Indies, 95 Col. L. Rev. 104 (1995)

Professional Development: 


The Mythology of Common Law Copyright

The Birth of the Constitutional Ideal of Equality