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Jacob S. Sherkow and Ari Ezra Waldman Appointed to IP Faculty of New York Law School

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Jacob S. Sherkow and Ari Ezra Waldman have accepted offers to join the Intellectual Property faculty of New York Law School (NYLS) as Associate Professors effective July 1, 2014, announced Anthony W. Crowell, Dean and President of the Law School.

“We are so pleased to welcome Jacob Sherkow and Ari Waldman to the New York Law School community. I am confident that they will make significant contributions to New York Law School’s overall academic excellence and institution-building efforts, as well as play a vital role in the continued growth of the Law School’s Institute for Information Law and Policy,” said Dean Crowell. “As New York’s law school, we have our sights on the high-growth fields of tomorrow. Professors Sherkow and Waldman will enable NYLS to take full advantage of our proximity to the City’s high-tech corridors.”

Professor Sherkow is a Fellow at Stanford Law School’s Center for Law and the Biosciences, concentrating on biotechnology and the law with an emphasis on patent law and agency regulation. His legal scholarship on these topics has appeared in the Michigan, Iowa, and BYU Law Reviews, as well as the Yale Law Journal Online. His scientific scholarship has appeared in Science, Nature Biotechnology, and JAMA (Internal Medicine).

Professor Sherkow graduated cum laude, in 2008 from the University of Michigan Law School, where he served as an editor of the Michigan Law Review and was the recipient of the Fred L. Leckie and James N. Adler Scholarships. He earned a Master of Science in Biotechnology from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science from McGill University. He clerked for Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York and practiced patent litigation at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Professor Sherkow is a member of the New York State and District of Columbia bars and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Texas, Eastern District of New York, and Southern District of New York.

In addition to his new position, Professor Ari Waldman will serve as Director of NYLS’s Institute for Information Law and Policy (IILP), pursuing the work he began there while an adjunct. He focuses on the law and sociology of Internet life, with particular emphasis on the inequalities and injustices that arise in unregulated digital spaces. He has spoken and published widely on cyber harassment, social network privacy, and LGBT youth.

As a NYLS adjunct faculty member, Professor Waldman taught Internet Law, Intellectual Property, and Sexual Orientation and the Law. In addition to his work at NYLS, he is the Legal Editor at Towleroad, the award-winning and widely read LGBT-oriented news and politics website. Waldman is also the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow at Columbia University, where he is completing his dissertation in sociology. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and a graduate of Harvard Law School. He clerked at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C., and practiced as a litigator at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and Winston & Strawn LLP. Professor Waldman is a member of New York State bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Armed Forces and the Second, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits.

About New York Law School

Founded in 1891, New York Law School (NYLS) is an independent law school located in the heart of New York City’s legal, government, financial and emerging tech centers. Known as "New York’s law school," NYLS embraces the City as its classroom by complementing a rigorous legal education with an innovative and diverse set of “uniquely New York” experiential learning opportunities. Since opening our doors more than 120 years ago, we have produced graduates who have gone on to hold high elected and appointed office in the City, lead large and small firms, and gain broad recognition as captains of business and industry. Our renowned faculty of prolific scholars has built the School’s strength in such areas as constitutional law, civil and human rights, business and finance law, media and information law, tax law, real estate, and a number of interdisciplinary fields. NYLS has more than 15,000 graduates and currently enrolls approximately 1,200 full-time and part-time students in its J.D. program. The Law School also offers advanced-degree programs in American business law and tax law. Learn more about New York’s law school at

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