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Deidré A. Keller

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law
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Professor Deidré Keller joined the Ohio Northern University (ONU) Claude W. Pettit College of Law faculty in August 2010 as an assistant professor. She has taught Property, Law and Literature, Internet Law, Legal Problem Solving and Analysis, and the Intellectual Property survey course and seminar. Her teaching interests also include First Amendment (freedom of speech), Copyright, and Trademark. During the summers of 2011, 2012, and 2013, Prof. Keller taught an Intellectual Property survey course for the LSAC PLUS program at ONU. The PLUS program is directed at undergraduates from groups underrepresented in the legal profession and who face significant financial and familial obstacles in their pursuit of a career in law.          

Prior to joining the faculty, Prof. Keller practiced law in Atlanta, Georgia, with the firms of Sutherland, Asbill and Brennan, LLP and Seyfarth Shaw, LLP. She specialized in the procurement, registration and enforcement of intellectual property rights with a particular emphasis on trademarks and copyrights. Prof. Keller’s experience includes trademark portfolio management, counseling clients on matters including the adoption of trademarks, potential defenses to copyright infringement and issues related to litigating patent disputes. She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in patent, trademark and copyright matters, and her clients ranged from individuals to publically traded companies.

J.D., with honors, Emory University School of Law
B.A., Yale University
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Georgia (Inactive)

Teaching Interests: 

Law & Literature
Internet Law
Intellectual Property
First Amendment (Freedom of Speech)

Faculty Activities

Chapter Twelve, "Expert Evidence in the Eleveth Circuit."  Scientific Evidence Review: Admissibility and Use of Expert Evidence in the Courtroom, Monograph No. 8. Ed. Cynthia H. Cwik et al. American Bar Association (August 2008) 551-602, contributor.

Chapter Three, “Trade Dress.” Model Jury Instructions: Copyright, Trademark and Trade Dress Litigation. Ed. American Bar Association (May 2008) 221-259, contributor.


In Focus: Intellectual Property: 2007 Stands for Crucial Year for Trademark Law, The National Law Journal (January 2008), co-author.

Reviewing the Past Year’s Top Ten Trademark Trends and an Analysis of their Impact on 2008, Intellectual Property and Technology Law Journal (February, 2008), co-author.


Interview for Lima FOX 25 regarding DOJ v. Apple privacy case, aired March 2016.

Guest, This Week in Law,, July 2014.

Moderator, "Getting to Tenure / Mapping a Scholarly Agenda," Eighth Annual Lutie Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop, June 2014. 

Quoted, Tamlin H. Bason, Petrella Again Exposes Ginsburg-Breyer Rift on Copyright; Will Aereo Do the Same?, BNA's Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Journal, May 30, 2014. 

Invited presenter, Regional Faculty Workshop, Valparaiso University Law School, March 2014.

Interview for Lima FOX 25 regarding pending cyberstalking legislation, aired December 2013.

The Supreme Court’s Decision in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.:  A copy made abroad may be “lawfully made under” the Copyright Act, Ohio State Bar Assn. Intellectual Property Law Section Newsl. (Spring 2013).

Interview for Lima FOX 25 regarding requests for social media credentials in the context of hiring, aired May 2012.

The Supreme Court's Decision in Golan v. Holder:  A Repudiation of the Inviolable Nature of the Public Domain, Ohio State Bar Assn. Newsl. (Spring 2012).

Interview for Lima FOX 25 regarding the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) pending before Congress, aired January 18, 2012.


CRT-icizing Copyright, Michigan State University School of Law, October, 2016.

Copyright to the Rescue: Should Copyright Protect Privacy?, Ohio Northern University Law Review Symposium, October, 2015.

Whiteness as (Intellectual) Property, Ninth Annual Lutie Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop, July 2015.

Recent Copyright Developments, Dayton Intellectual Property Law Association Continuing Legal Education, June 2015.

Demanding Recognition of Educational Exceptionalism in the Next Great Copyright Act:  A Response to Professor Jaszi, Duquesne, April 2015, invited.

The Copyright Act in the Service of Privacy, St. John’s University School of Law, April 2015, invited.

Alienation, Over Investment, and Fetish:  Narratives of Ownership in Selected Works of Toni Morrison, Eighth Annual Lutie Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop, June 2014.

Property and Persons:  Some Preliminary Thoughts on Inherent Inalienability, Fifth Association for Property Law and Society Annual Meeting, May 2014.

Image Lessons:  Navigating Copyright as Education Migrates Online, IP Scholars Roundtable, March 2014.

The Ill-Conceived "Right" to Abandon, Ohio Legal Scholarship Workshop, February 2014.

Persons and Property:  Containing the Property Concept, Central States Law Schools Association Conference, October 2013.

Media Law 101, Ohio State Bar Association Media Law Conference, October 2013.

Libel and Privacy in the Internet Age, Ohio State Bar Association Media Law Conference, October 2013.

Why Intellectual Property Needs Property:  In Defense of the Qualified Right to Exclude and Other Long-Standing Property Principles, presented at the IP Scholars Roundtable, April 2013.

"What He Said...":  The Transformative Potential of the Use of Copyrighted Content in Political Campaigns, University of Kentucky College of Law, March 2013.

Copyright Infringement by Scholars, Art Law Society at the University of Kentucky College of Law, March 2013.

Campaigning Under the Weight of Copyright:  What Mitt Romney Can Teach Us About the First Amendment, Regional Faculty Workshop hosted by Valparaiso University School of Law, February 2013.

Copyright and Campaigns:  What Mitt Romney Can Teach Us About Fair Use and the First Amendment, Central States Law Schools Association Conference, October 2012.

Challenging Journalistic Boundaries:  Access to Information in the Internet Age, Ohio State Bar Association Media Law Conference, October 2012.

Recognizing the Derivative Works Right as a Moral Right:  A Case Comparison and Proposal, Ohio Legal Scolarship Workshop, May 2012.

Copyright for Journalists, Ohio State Bar Association Media Law Conference, October 2011.

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