Robert Spoo Named Permanent Holder of the Endowed Chapman Distinguished Chair in Law
Robert Spoo has been named permanent holder of the endowed Chapman Distinguished Chair in Law at The University of Tulsa College of Law. Bob is an internationally known scholar of copyright and intellectual property law as well as literature and its connections with the law. He received his Ph.D. in English from Princeton University, and originally came to The University of Tulsa to join the Faculty of English, where he earned tenure and served as editor of the James Joyce Quarterly. Bob's interest in copyright issues surrounding the James Joyce estate were part of what led him to study law, and ultimately to a J.D. from the Yale Law School. After clerking for the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, who has since joined the United States Supreme Court, he practiced law for several years before returning to The University of Tulsa as a faculty member in the College of Law.
Bob has published numerous books, editions, and articles on subjects as diverse as the history of U.S. copyright law, norms of the publishing industry, the legal and literary dimensions of modernism, and the lives and careers of James Joyce, Ezra Pound, and other noted writers.
Previous Chapman Chair holders at The University of Tulsa College of Law include Bernard Schwartz (1992-97) and Paul Finkelman (1999-2006).