Today @ AK
Home > Calendar > AT WORK Speaker SeriesMark Bartholomew: “Celebrity, the Law, and You”

AT WORK Speaker Series
Mark Bartholomew: “Celebrity, the Law, and You”

Thursday, September 8, 2011, 5:30–8 pm

Mark Bartholomew

FREE for AT WORK Partners

We live in a world fascinated with celebrity. On our televisions and computer screens, famous names and faces constantly demand our attention. Messages are carefully crafted for our consumption by media outlets, merchandisers, and the celebrities themselves; but they are also structured by the law. 

Professor Mark Bartholomew of the University at Buffalo Law School will discuss how the recent phenomenon of “celebrity rights” shapes everything from news reporting to the cover of a Wheaties box, and the historical trends leading to today’s celebrity-obsessed world.

Please join us for this special lecture as we kick off the 2011-2012 AT WORK season. Space is limited; Rsvp by Wednesday, September 7, 2011, to Jim Baker at 716.270.8320, or  

About the Speaker

Mark Bartholomew is an Associate Professor at the University at Buffalo Law School.  Professor Bartholomew’s scholarship focuses on the historical and normative underpinnings of intellectual property law. His recent research explores the evolution of advertising law based on popular understandings of human cognition; changing views of celebrity and their consequences for publicity rights law; and the growing divergence in how copyright, trademark, and other legal subject areas accommodate the First Amendment. He teaches a variety of classes related to these research interests, including copyright, trademarks, cyberlaw, advertising law, and the intellectual property survey course. In 2008, Bartholomew received the Faculty Award, the Law School’s only teaching award, from the graduating class. In 2009, he received the University’s Teaching Innovation Award. 

Professor Bartholomew received a BA from Cornell University and a JD from Yale Law School. After clerking for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, he practiced law with the firm of Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk and Rabkin in San Francisco and worked as a deputy county counsel for the County Counsel of Sonoma County. He joined the University at Buffalo faculty in 2006.


The AT WORK program offers unique learning, thinking, networking, and career-development opportunities to employees of the Gallery’s AT WORK Partners. Learn More