Professor of Law
Dean's International Fellowship
B.A. 1979, University of Rochester
M.S. in Library Service 1982, Columbia University
J.D. 1985, SUNY at Buffalo
Member of the New York Bar
Marsha Baum teaches a broad range of first-year and upper-level courses in intellectual property and commercial law including Copyright Law, Information Technology and the Law, Sales, and Payment Systems, as well as teaching Ethics and two courses which relate directly to her scholarship, Animal Law and Weather in U.S. Law and Society. She also oversees the Animal Law Moot Court team. She previously has taught Advanced Legal Research, Legal Research I and II, and Legal Writing.
Baum joined the faculty in 1997 as UNM Law Library Director, bringing with her nearly 20 years of experience gained from working in academic law libraries across the country. In 2003, she stepped down to return to full-time teaching. She came to the UNM law school from the University of South Carolina where she served as director of its law library and was an associate professor. Her career in the legal academy also included positions at the University of Connecticut, University of Minnesota, and SUNY at Buffalo.
Baum's publications include two award winning books: Internet Surf and Turf (with Barbara Waxer), an undergraduate text on copyright and multimedia, and When Nature Strikes: Weather Disasters and the Law, which is recognized as the first monograph to connect weather and American jurisprudence.
Baum’s research interests, which include legal treatment of animals as well as weather and the law, have taken her to Australia to perform comparative research. Her work has led to invitations to speak at conferences and symposia in Brisbane, Sydney, and Hobart, Tasmania. Baum has presented papers at various conferences in the U.S. and abroad and has provided training on various topics including legal ethics for the New Mexico Bar and law and weather for the American Meteorological Society.
Baum has helped to maintain the UNM School of Law’s exchange program with the University of Tasmania Faculty of Law by teaching a comparative Concepts of Property class in summer school sessions.
She is active in the American Bar Association, the Association of American Law Schools, and the American Meteorological Society.