Yvette Liebesman

Visiting Professor of Law (Spring 2017)


B.A., Georgetown University, 1986
B.A., Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, 1989
M.S., University of California, San Diego, 1991
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2006

Curriculum Vitae



Andrea Donze - (314) 935-6422

Phone / Email

Phone: (314) 935-5304
Email: yjliebesman@wustl.edu  


Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 556

Courses Taught



Professor Yvette Liebesman joined the SLU Law faculty in 2008. She is a 2006 cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, and earned her first undergraduate degree in 1986 in the school's College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, she holds degrees from Rutgers (BA in Physics, magna cum laude, in 1989) and Scripps Institution of Oceanography (MS in Earth Sciences in 1991). During law school, Professor Liebesman received the ABA/BNA Excellence in Intellectual Property Law Award (given to the student with the highest GPA in IP law), earned First Prize in the 2006 ASCAP Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition at Georgetown Law, and was the recipient of the 2006 Giles Sutherland Rich American Inn of Court Scholarship Award. Her student note, “The Potential Effects of United States v. Councilman on the Confidentiality of Attorney-Client E-mail Communications,” was cited by the dissent in the First Circuit's en banc opinion of United States v. Councilman, which ma rked the first time that a current Georgetown Law student's journal note had been cited in a United States Court of Appeals decision.

Immediately following law school, Professor Liebesman clerked for the Honorable Helen E. Hoens of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, then practiced in the intellectual property transactional group at Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston, MA.

Selected Scholarship

Articles & Essays

  • "When Does Copyright Law Require Technology Blindness? Aiken Meets Aereo", 30 Berkeley Technology Law Journal 1383 (2015) [SSRN]
  • "Rethinking Trademark Functionality as a Question of Fact," 151 Nevada Law Journa202 (2014) [SSRN]
  • "The Mark of a Resold Good," 20 George Mason Law Review 157 (2012) [SSRN]
  • "Downstream Copyright Infringers," 20 Kansas Law Review 1 (2012) [SSRN]