Alfred Yen '76

Alfred Yen '76 is a Professor of Law at Boston College Law School, Law School Fund Scholar, and Director of the Emerging Enterprises and Business Law Program. He is a nationally known scholar who has published numerous articles about copyright law, the Internet, Asian-American legal issues, and law teaching. His recent works include "Third Party Liability After Grokster," which appeared in the Minnesota Law Review, "Early Scholarship Offers and the NCAA," which appeared in the Boston College Law Review, and the second edition of a casebook on copyright (co-authored with Professor Joseph Liu) entitled “Copyright: Essential Cases and Materials,” which was published by West Publishing in 2011.

Yen has also held many positions of leadership within legal education and the broader practicing bar. He presently serves on the Membership Review Committee of the Association of American Law Schools. In 2007-08 he was the Inaugural Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Drexel Law School and a Hosier Scholar at DePaul Law School. He has also served as Chair of the AALS Professional Development Committee and recently completed a terms on the Board of Editors for the Journal of Legal Education and the Board of Governors for the Society of American Law Teachers. In 2001, the American Law Institute elected him to membership in the Institute. Additionally, Professor Yen has served as chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Art Law and its Section on Minority Groups. He organized the first, fifth, and tenth Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty, all of which were held at Boston College Law School. In 1992, Professor Yen wrote and filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court on behalf of 12 copyright scholars in the case of Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music Publishing Co. In 2012, he will visit the University of Arizona Law School as a visiting scholar.

Yen is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School. Before joining the faculty in 1987, he practiced law in Los Angeles for four years at the firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter and Hampton.

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    Danielle Gordon & Jessica Rice
    From high school sweethearts to alumni who were married in Vivian Webb Chapel, Webb has been the site of many romances over the years. Here are a few stories from alumni who met on Webb’s beautiful campus.
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    Using monofilament and LED spotlights, visual artist Rachel Lee Zheng ’12 creates large-scale installations that transform dark gallery spaces into meditative environments filled with lines and beams of color.
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    Scott Nichols
    The Week @ Webb is a periodic photojournal of events on and off Webb's campus. Did it feel like January lasted 31,000 days instead of just 31? I know that for me, it's important to spend as much time as I can with other people when life gets really busy. We all do better when we surround ourselves with friends and family and that's what I tried to capture in this latest gallery.
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  • Webb Completes CAIS/WASC Accreditation Process

    Taylor Stockdale
    Taking stock. This is how it begins—simply though completely. After more than a year of planning, gathering data, meeting, discussing, writing and rewriting—and after a four-day campus stay by our CAIS/WASC visiting committee (California Association of Independent Schools / Western Association of Schools and Colleges)—the evaluation work is done. 
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