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William K. Ford

William K. Ford

Assistant Professor
The John Marshall Law School
315 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Phone: 312.386.2851
Office: Room 1110
Office Hours: Weds. 2-3 p.m. & Thurs. 3:30-5:45 p.m.

BA, California State University, Fullerton
MA, CPhil, University of California, Santa Barbara
JD, Order of the Coif, University of Chicago Law School

Webcast: Games Are Not Coffee Mugs

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William Ford received his law degree from the University of Chicago in 2003, where he was the symposium editor for the University of Chicago Legal Forum and co-chair of the Hinton Moot Court Competition. After law school, Professor Ford worked for the Los Angeles firm of Irell & Manella, and then returned to the University of Chicago Law School as a Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law.

Professor Ford came to John Marshall as a visiting professor in 2006 and joined the full-time faculty in 2007. He teaches Computer and Video Game Law, Contracts I, Constitutional Theory, Intellectual Property Survey, and Right of Publicity and Protection of Personality.

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The Law and Science of Video Game Violence: What Was Lost in Translation?, 31 Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal 297 (2013)

Copy Game for High Score: The First Video Game Lawsuit, 20 Journal of Intellectual Property Law 1 (2012)

Games Are Not Coffee Mugs: Games and the Right of Publicity (with Raizel Liebler), 29 Santa Clara Journal of Computer and High Technology Law 1 (2012)

Virtual Justice: The New Laws of Online Worlds by Greg Lastowka, 1 The IP Law Book Review 61 (2011)

"Implications of Video Games and Virtual Worlds in Trademark Law" (with Ben Manevitz) in Computer Games and Virtual Worlds, ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law (2010)

The Rehnquist Court in Empirical and Statistical Retrospective: An Empirical Analysis of the Confirmation Hearings of the Justices of the Rehnquist Natural Court (w/ Jason Czarnezki and Lori Ringhand), 24 Constitutional Commentary 127 (2007)

More Publications


WIPIP 2012, "ProCD: Tidying Up After the Stranger on the Street," University of Houston Law Center (Feb. 11, 2012)

University of Chicago Law School Federalist Society, "BioShocking the First Amendment," Chicago, Illinois (Oct. 27, 2011)

Cornell University Law School Federalist Society, "BioShocking the First Amendment," Ithaca, New York (Sept. 1, 2011)

The Game Behind the Video Game, "Games are Not Coffee Mugs: Games and the Right of Publicity," Rutgers School of Communication and Information (April 9, 2011)

2011 Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable, "Games are Not Coffee Mugs: Games and the Right of Publicity," (with Raizel Liebler) Drake University Law School (April 1, 2011)

Law & Society Association Annual Meeting, "Realist and Empirical Legal Methods—Roundtable—Can We Translate Law and Society? Toward a New Legal Realist Framework," Chicago, Illinois (May 28, 2010)

Thomas M. Cooley Law School Federalist Society and Student Intellectual Property Law Association, "Trademarks and the First Amendment: Trademarks in Artistic Works," Lansing, Michigan (March 22, 2010)

University of Houston Law Center Federalist Society and Intellectual Property Student Organization, "Trademarks and the First Amendment: What to do about Expressive Media?" Houston, Texas (March 1, 2010)

Texas Wesleyan School of Law Federalist Society, "Gaming the Right of Publicity: Game Over for Sports Licensing?," Fort Worth, Texas (Oct. 29, 2008)

University of Wisconsin Law School Federalist Society, "Trademark Uses in Expressive Works," Madison, Wisconsin (Oct. 22, 2008)

Sixth Annual Works in Progress Intellectual Property Colloquium, Tulane Law School, "The Copyrightability of Games," New Orleans, Louisiana (Oct. 3, 2008)

52nd Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference, "Gaming the Right of Publicity," The John Marshall Law School (Feb. 29, 2008)

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