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Professor Sherri L. Burr

Professor Sherri L. Burr

Dickason Chair in Law
Regents Professor

A.B., Mount Holyoke College
J.D., Yale University
M.P.A., Princeton University
Member of the California Bar

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Contact Information

 Ph.: 505-277-5650
 Fax: 505-277-1597
 Office: 3239
 burr@law.unm.edu

Profile

Sherri Burr joined the UNM law faculty in 1988, after having received her A.B. (Politics) from Mount Holyoke College, her M.P.A (International Relations) from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and her J.D. from Yale Law School. In 1994 she received tenure and promotion to full professor. During the 2008-2009 academic year, she served as Acting Director of the Africana Studies Program in Arts and Sciences. She became the Regents Professor of Law in 2012.

Professor Burr teaches intellectual property law, art law, entertainment law, wills and trust, and international law. She regularly brings guest speakers, such as authors Rudolfo Anaya, and Max Evans to enhance the learning in her classes. Further, students who study Art Law, Entertainment Law, and Intellectual Property with Burr have an opportunity to participate in the making of ARTS TALK, a weekly television show that Burr produces and hosts.

ARTS TALK runs on Mondays from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Channel 27 in Albuquerque. Burr created the show while visiting at the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law. Her first guest was Wally "Famous" Amos, author of several inspirational self-help books, including The Cookie Never Crumbles. Over the years, Burr and her students have interviewed actor Wes Studi (Avatar and Dancing With Wolves), cellist Yo-Yo Ma, entertainment law attorney Johnnie Cochran, screenwriter Duncan North (The Tao of Steve), painter-sculptor Betty Sabo, symphony conductors Guillermo Figueroa and Samuel Wong, and authors Paul Pearsall (The Heart's Code), Lois Ann Yamanaka (Blu's Hanging), Nita Tucker (How Not to Stay Single and How Not to Screw it Up), and Don Miguel Ruiz (The Four Agreements).

An internationally renowned lecturer, Burr has spoken at universities in Barbados, Canada, Chile, France, Greece, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and South Africa. In the United States, she has lectured at Dartmouth, Yale, New York University, the University of Iowa, and numerous other educational institutions. Her lectures to both university communities and the general public are well received for her wit as well as the wisdom she imparts.

Burr has published twenty books and numerous scholarly articles in the area of intellectual property, art law, and international law that have been published in journals in the United States, Spain, Japan, and the United Kingdom. Burr's books on art law and entertainment law are considered primary sources in the field. Her 2004 books include: Art Law: Cases and Materials (William S. Hein & Co.); Entertainment Law: Cases and Materials in Film, Television, and Music (Thomson West); Entertainment Law Teacher's Manual (Thomson West) and Entertainment Law in a Nutshell (Thomson West). In 2006, she published two books in the field of international law: Quick Review of International Law (Thomson West), which won the 2007 New Mexico Press Women Award for best nonfiction instructional book, and Sum and Substance Audio Book on International Law (Thomson West). In 2007, she published Entertainment Law in a Nutshell 2nd Edition (Thomson West) and Wills and Trusts in a Nutshell 3rd Edition (with Mennell) (Thomson West). In 2008, she published Sum & Substance Audio Book on Entertainment Law (Thomson West), Supplement to Entertainment Law: Cases & Materials in Film, Television, and Music (Thomson West), and Quick Review of International Law 2nd Edition (Thomson West). In 2010, she published Art Law: Cases and Materials (Revised Ed. Aspen Press, with DuBoff and Murray), and the Teachers Manual to accompany the casebook. Hot off the presses in 2011 is Entertainment Law: Cases and Materials in Established and Emerging Media (Thomas West) and the accompanying Teachers Manual and in 2012 came Entertainment Law in a Nutshell 3rd Edition (Thomson West) and Wills and Trusts in a Nutshell 4th Edition (with Mennell) (Thomson West). Toward the end of 2013, West Academic published Burr’s co-authored book Modern Intellectual Property and Unfair Competition Law, 6th Edition (with Kitch & Perlman), and the Teacher's Manual to Accompany Modern Intellectual Property and Unfair Competition Law, 6th Edition(with Kitch & Perlman).

In addition to her books, Burr's article on Protecting Business Secrets in National and International Commerce published in the peer-reviewed Science Communications was considered ground-breaking for its empirical data analysis of the importance of trade secrets to the business community. Her chapter in the book Screening Justice won the 2007 New Mexico Press Women Award for best nonfiction book chapter. Burr has also written items for the general public. She has published travel articles on Alaska and New Mexico accompanied by her own photographs. From December 2000 until June 2003, she wrote a weekly column for the Albuquerque Tribune that includes analysis of politics, race, sports and entertainment. Burr's manuscript for Living with Nephew placed second in the 2006 Southwest Writers nonfiction book competition. Burr writes a column called "The Writing Life” for the Southwest Sage, and currently writes four articles a year for that publication.

Burr has served as president of the New Mexico Black Lawyers Association and chair of the Art Law and International Law Sections of the Association of American Law Schools. She has also served on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law and on the board of the Arts Alliance. She currently serves as Vice President of the New Mexico Press Women.

Publications

Books

A Short & Happy Guide to Financial Well-being, (West Academic 2014).

Modern Intellectual Property and Unfair Competition Law, 6th Edition (with Kitch & Perlman, West Academic 2014)

Teacher's Manual to Accompany Modern Intellectual Property and Unfair Competition Law, 6th Edition (with Kitch & Perlman, West Academic 2014)

Entertainment Law in a Nutshell 3rd Edition (2012)

Wills and Trusts in a Nutshell 4th Edition (with Mennell) (2012)

Entertainment Law: Cases and Materials in Existing and Emerging Media Teacher’s Manual(West 2011)

Entertainment Law: Cases and Materials in Existing and Emerging Media (West 2011)

Art Law: Cases & Materials (Revised Edition) (with DuBoff and Murray) (Aspen 2010)

Sum & Substance Audio Book on Entertainment Law (Thomson West 2008)

Supplement to Entertainment Law: Cases & Materials in Film, Television, and Music (Thomson West 2008)

Quick Review of International Law, 2nd Edition (Thomson West 2008).

Entertainment Law in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition (Thomson West 2007)

Wills and Trusts in a Nutshell, third edition (with Robert Mennell) (ThomsonWest, 2007)

Quick Review of International Law (Thomson West 2006)

Sum and Substance Audio Book on International Law (Thomson West 2006)

Art Law: Cases & Materials (with Leonard Duboff and Michael Murray) (William S. Hein & Co., 2004)

Entertainment Law: Cases & Materials (with William Henslee) (Thomson-West 2004)

Entertainment Law in a Nutshell (Thomson-West Group 2004)

Chapters in Books

Lunching with Max Evans, in The Storyteller's Anthology (Herrington House Publishing, 2013)

Athletes as Television Celebrities: Why we watch; How they benefit; Must they be responsible?, in Reversing Field (West Va. University Press, 2010).

Scarlet's Code, in Susan's Actions in Critical Race Feminism: A Reader (Adrian Wing ed., 1997).

Negotiating the Book Contract, in The Writer's Handbook (1997) (first published in THE WRITER Mag. (July 1996).

Screening Group Rape in "The Accused," in Screening Justice (Rennard Strictland, ed.).

Articles

The U.S. Supreme Court and the Alvarez Machain Cases: Recasting International Law, 13 U.S.-Mex. L. J. 105 (2005).

From Noriega to Pinochet: Is there an International Moral and Legal Right to Kidnap Individuals Accused of Gross Human Rights Violations?, 29 Denver J. of International Law & Policy 101 (Spring 2001).

Television & Societal Effects: An Analysis of Media Images of African-Americans in Historical Context, 4 Iowa Journal of Gender, Race & Justice 161 (Spring 2001).

O.J. as a Tale of 2 Operas, 68 University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review 705 (Summer 2000).

The Piracy Gap: Protecting Intellectual Property in an Era of Artistic Creativity and Technological Change, 33 Willamette Law Review 244 (Winter 1997).

Protecting Business Secrets in International Commerce, 17 Sci. Comm. 274 (1996), 1997 Intell. Prop. REV. 663.

Artistic Parody: A Theoretical Construct, 14 Cardozo Arts & Ent. L.J. 65 (1996).

Indian Culture and Spirituality: Some Reflections on the Shaping and Sharing of Cultural Values, 7 St. Thomas L. Rev. 43 ( Summer 1995).

Introducing Art Law, COPYRIGHT WORLD, Feb. 1994, at 22, 10 Nihon U. Comp. L. 177 (1993).

A Critical Assessment of Reid's Work for Hire Framework and its Potential Impact on the Market Place for Scholarly Works, 24 J. Marshall L. Rev. 119 (1990).

Reflections on the Scholarly Agenda for the Beginning Scholar, 10 St. Louis Public Law Review 155 (1991).

Essays

Your Honor,Protege (Jan. 1996).

Book Reviews

Book Review, 89 AM. J. INT'L L. 671 (1995) (reviewing Robert J. Beck, The Grenada Invasion: Politics, Law and Foreign Policy Decision Making).

Book Review, ALBUQUERQUE J., Feb. 10, 1996 (reviewing Lawrence Otis Graham, Member of the Class: Reflections on Life in a Racially Polarized World).

Book Review, ALBUQUERQUE J., Oct. 12, 1997 (reviewing Gregg Levoy, Callings).

Published Remarks

500 Years After Columbus: Promoting and Protecting Multiculturalism in the Arts, 11 Cardozo Arts & Ent. L. J. 35 (1992).

North American Trade: Barriers in Free Trade Arising from Differences in National Law, 86 Proc. AM. SOC'Y. Int'l L. 141 (1992).

What's Going on in Intellectual Property Law?, 84 Proc. AM. SOC'Y. Int'l L. 257 (1990).

Columns

The Writing Life in Southwest Sage (2011 to present) (quarterly column).

Ask Professor Burr on ©, in Southwest Sage (1994-1997) (monthly column).

Press Law, in Editor and Writer (1997) (bi-monthly column).

Weekly Column in Albuquerque Trib., Dec. 2000-June 2003.

Prize-Winning Books

Sherri Burr has won three writing prizes related to books. In 2007, she won first place in the New Mexico Press Women Award for best nonfiction instructional book for her Quick Review of International Law (Thomson West 2006) and best nonfiction book chapter for her work Screening Justice in The Accused in the book Screening Justice (William S. Hein & Co: Strickland & Banks, eds. 2006).

Additionally, Professor Burr's book Living with Nephew placed second in the 2006 Southwest Writers nonfiction book contest. Living with Nephew tells the story of when Burr's nephew came to live with her during his 7th grade year and while she was on sabbatical writing two law books. She had promised Nephew when he was five that he could spend a year living in New Mexico. She chose the age of 12 because she thought he would be old enough to no longer need a babysitter and young enough to not have discovered girls. She was only half right, and the year turned into an entertaining adventure.

The book has been endorsed by inspirational writer Wally "Famous" Amos, and southwestern writers Max Evans and Tony Hillerman.

Amos, the author of The Cookie Never Crumbles, wrote, “Sherri Burr is a woman who knows how to shape the dough of life into inspirational morsels. Living with Nephew is a moving and humorous book about standing up to life’s challenges.”

Max Evans' endorsement says, “Oh, what a charmer Sherri Burr’s book is. Can you imagine what happens when the twelve-year old nephew comes to spend a year with his single Auntie? They both find terror and wisdom--so will the reader. Buy it now. Read it now. Laugh and learn forever.”

Tony Hillerman wrote: "In Living with Nephew, Sherri Burr leaves out the parts the reader skips."

Sherri Burr is the author or co-author of six law books. When published, Living with Nephew will be her first offering for the general public.

Prize-Winning Speech

Professor Sherri Burr with StampProfessor Sherri Burr has won first place for her speech "The Immortal Hattie McDaniel," which was given last February on the occasion of the U.S. Post Office unveiling of the 2006 Black Heritage postage stamp honoring McDaniel, the first African-American to win an Academy Award acting award. McDaniel won for portraying Mammy in the 1939 film "Gone with the Wind." In her speech, Burr focused on McDaniel's career in a time of limited screen roles for African-Americans and her humanitarian endeavors.

As a first place New Mexico winner, Burr's speech will be forwarded to the National Federation of Press Women contest to compete with winners from the other 49 states.

Professor Burr says, "I'm thrilled to receive this honor. I dedicate it to Hattie McDaniel, who continues to inspire me."

The Post Office gave Professor Burr a framed replicate of the postage stamp, which hangs in her office.