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Professor Marsha Baum

Marsha Baum

Professor of Law
Pamela B. Minzner Chair in Professionalism

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


Contact Information

 Ph.: 505-277-5653
 Office: 3213


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.



Internet Surf & Turf Revealed: The Essential Guide to Copyright, Fair Use, and Finding Media (with Barbara Waxer) (Thomson-Course Technology 2005).

When Nature Strikes: Weather Disasters & the Law (Praeger/Greenwood 2007).

Copyright on the Internet Illustrated: Essentials (with Barbara Waxer) (Thompson Course Technology 2006).


The World of Legal Information: Sources and Strategies (edit and write for column on legal research and technology issues published in New Mexico Bar Journal, (2001-2003).

Teachable Moments for Students … Ten Tips for Moving Beyond the Brick Wall in the Legal Research Process, 10 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing 20 (2001).

Law on the Internet: Unauthorized Practice or Public Access? published in Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference Law and Technology LawTech 2000 (San Francisco, CA: October 2000). With Antoinette Sedillo Lopez.

American Constitution-Making: The Neglected State Constitutional Sources, 27 Hastings Const. L. Q. 199 (2000). With Christian G. Fritz.

A Partnership with the Bar: A Law Library's Experience in Taking a Leadership Role in CLE Training on Legal Research, 10(3) Trends in Law Libr. Mgmt. 1 (Aug. 1999).

Legal Ethics and the Internet, 5 Bar J. (State Bar of N.M.), Fall 1999, at 27.

Research on the World Wide Web for Lawyers, 5 Bar J. (State Bar of N.M.), Fall 1999, at 16 (co-authored with Robert A. Mead).

The UNM Law Library in Transition: Into the 21st Century, 5 Bar J. (State Bar of N.M.), Fall 1999, at 11.

Why Should I Go Onto the Internet?5 Bar J. (State Bar of N.M.), Fall 1999, at 13.

Unsolicited Merchandise: Gift or Sale?20(3) Libr. Acquisitions: Prac. & Theory 301 (1996).

Prospects and Problems for Developing a South Carolina Legal Information Network: A Report and Recommendations, S.C. Att'y Gen. & S.C. Budget & Control Board (Aug. 1995) (co-authored with Robert V. Williams).

Baum on Copyright-Fair Use: Some Thoughts, 6 Against the Grain 13 (Nov. 1994).

AALL Government Documents, SIS Report on Depository Library Program Restructuring (Aug. 20, 1993) (primary drafter).

Federal Sentencing Guidelines: A Selective Bibliography, 26 Crim. L. Bull. 84 (Jan.-Feb. 1990).

The Index to Legal Periodicals on CD-ROM, Wilsondisc, 1 Trends in L. Libr. Mgmt. & Tech. 4 (Nov. 1987).

Guide to Minnesota State Documents and Selected Law-Related Materials, AALL Government Documents SIS State Documents Bibliography Series (1986) (prepared with Mary Ann Nelson).

CIS U.S. Serial Set, 1789-1969: What it is and How to use it, 6 UMLL in a Nutshell 3 (Apr.-May 1986).

Selected Law Associations in Minnesota, 12 MALL Newsl. 12 (Mar.-Apr. 1986) (co-authored with Susanne Nevin).

U.S. Documents: Access to a Valuable Resource, 6 UMLL in a Nutshell 3 (Feb.-Mar. 1986).

Book Reviews

Book Review, 7 UMLL in a Nutshell 2 (Oct.-Nov. 1986) (reviewing recent acquisitions).

Published Presentations

Connecting Digitization and Reorganization: Restructuring the Documents Department to Accommodate Electronic Digitization/Preservation Projects [audiotape] (Orlando, FL: American Association of Law Libraries, duplicated by Mobiltape, 2002). Taped presentation at AALL 95th Annual Meeting.

Audio tape: The Tension Between Librarians and Legal Writing Instructors, 88th Annual Meeting of American Association of Law Libraries, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Mobiltape 1995).

Audio tape: State Documents: The Ignored Element of Law Library Collection Development, 85th Annual Meeting of American Association of Law Libraries, San Francisco, Cal. (Mobiltape 1992).


  • Pamela B. Minzner Chair in Professionalism
  • Dean's International Fellowship