Assistant Professor of Law
B.A., St. John's College in Annapolis, MD; J.D., University of Michigan
Assistant Professor Christopher M. Newman graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 1999, where he served as book review editor for the Michigan Law Review and received Michigan's highest law school award, the Henry M. Bates Memorial Scholarship. He also holds a BA in classical liberal arts awarded by St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland.
Following law school, Professor Newman was a clerk for the Honorable Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, with whom he co-published What's So Fair About Fair Use?, 46 J. Copyright Soc'y 513 (1999). From 2000-2007, he was a litigation associate with Irell & Manella LLP in Los Angeles, where he represented clients in disputes involving contracts, business torts, intellectual property, corporate and securities litigation, and appellate matters, as well as pro bono family and criminal law matters. Professor Newman left practice at the beginning of 2007 to serve an Olin/Searle Fellowship in Law at the UCLA School of Law, where he focused on his research and writing in the areas of property theory and intellectual property, and from January 2008 until his arrival at Mason Law served as a research fellow of UCLA's Intellectual Property Project.