Douglas Sylvester

Douglas Sylvester, professor of law and interim dean of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, has been named the college's dean, effective March 26.

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Douglas Sylvester, professor of law and faculty fellow at the Center for Law, Science and Innovation at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, has been named the college’s dean.

Sylvester was named interim dean in May of last year after serving as associate dean for faculty research and development, a role in which he was responsible for building an environment that fosters faculty scholarship, organizing speaker series, mentoring junior faculty, and seeking innovative ways to increase the faculty’s visibility.

During his time as interim dean, the College of Law’s national academic rankings have improved significantly.

Sylvester has published, taught and lectured on issues of intellectual property law and commercialization, international law, emerging technologies and privacy. In 2006, he taught nanotechnology and the law, the first time such a course was offered in the country by full-time law faculty.

In 2007, Sylvester was appointed special consultant to a National Academy of Science’s panel charged with reforming the U.S. Census. He was the founding faculty director of the innovative Technology Ventures Clinic, which introduces students to transactional legal practice in high-technology sectors. In recent years, Sylvester also has been an expert witness in cases involving licensing, intellectual property and technology, and has advised entrepreneurs in building their businesses.

Prior to joining the college faculty, he was a Bigelow Fellow and lecturer-in-law at the University of Chicago, a lecturer-in-law at Northwestern University, and an attorney in the Global e-Commerce Practice Group at Baker & McKenzie in Chicago, and he clerked for U.S. District Judge C. Clyde Atkins in Florida.

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