Steven D. Jamar

Steven D. JamarSenior Scholar


Professor Jamar is a Senior Scholar at C-IP2. He formally retired from full-time teaching at the end of the 2020-21 academic year and is now professor emeritus at Howard University School of Law.

Professor Jamar joined the HUSL faculty in 1990 as Director of the Legal Reasoning, Research, & Writing Program, a position he held from 1990 to 2002. During that time he was a recognized national leader in legal writing instruction, serving as president of the Legal Writing Institute in 1997-98 and in other leadership capacities. He has taught a wide variety of courses at HUSL and elsewhere including among others Constituional Law, Copyrights, AI & the Law, Introduction to Intellectual Property, International Law of Human Rights, IP in International Business Transactions, Contracts, Licensing, UCC, Computer Law, LRRW I & II, Drafting, Civil Litigation Clinic, and ADR.

Prof. Jamar served as the Associate Director of the Howard Intellectual Property Program (HIPP) from 2002 to 2021. Prof. Lateef Mtima is the HIPP Director. HIPP addresses the relationship between intellectual property and social justice and works to improve the opportunities for HUSL students to enter IP practice. HIPP performs its mission in a number of ways including supporting relevant scholarship, involving HUSL students in IP courses and issues, designing the IP curriculum, sponsoring student internships, CLE instruction in IP to practicing attorneys, and advocacy on IP issues with a significant social justice component.

Prof. Jamar is the Associate Director of the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice, Inc., (IIPSJ), an NGO dedicated to advancing access, inclusion, and empowerment in IP-related matters for traditionally marginalized and excluded people.

Prof. Jamar’s scholarly work is wide ranging. His more recent work has concentrated on various aspects of social justice and intellectual property including the relationship of intellectual property law and administration to international human rights; copyright in the social networking context; the relationships among IP, social justice, entrepreneurship, and economic empowerment; and the importance of a social justice underpinning for an IP Institute. He is the author of a Constitutional Law coursebook, Constitutional Law: Power, Liberty, Equality (Aspen/Wolters Kluwer 2017) designed more for students than scholars.

Please visit Professor Jamar’s website to learn more about his professional career and scholarship.