Yolanda M. King

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Well-Rounded Experience

Yolanda King brings a broad and varied background to our firm. She practiced at two law firms, where she engaged in client counseling, cleared and filed copyright and trademark applications in the United States, worked with foreign counsel to prosecute trademarks abroad, handled licensing issues, and assisted clients in domain name disputes. In addition, she was an attorney in the City of Chicago Department of Law, where she counseled several city departments in the drafting and negotiation of contracts with third party vendors.

At the Head of Her Class

Yolanda also serves as a full-time law professor at Northern Illinois University College of Law, where she teaches Copyright Law, Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Intellectual Property as a seminar, and Trademark Law.

In 2011, S. Victor Whitmill, the artist who inked Mike Tyson’s famous facial tattoo, sued Warner Bros. for copyright infringement based on, among other things, the reproduction of the tattoo on the face of actor Ed Helms in the Hangover II movie. Yolanda became immediately intrigued by the topic, and began researching and writing articles discussing the ability to copyright tattoos. She is a frequent speaker on emerging issues in intellectual property law.

Prior to this, she practiced IP law at two prominent Chicago law firms, Welsh & Katz, Ltd. and Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione.

Personal Passions

Yolanda enjoys spending time with her family, going to the movies, exercising at her fitness club, and, when time permits, reading a good book.


Education & Accolades

J.D., Harvard Law School, June 2002

  • Thesis: The Runaway Bride: Trademark Infringement or Protected Comedic Entertainment?
  • International Law Journal, Subciter
  • Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law, Member
  • Black Law Students Association, Orientation Committee Co-Chair/Member
  • Women of Color Collective, Member

B.A. in Journalism, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, May 1999

  • Highest Distinction
  • Chancellor’s Scholar
  • Outstanding Woman Student Leader Award
  • Central Newspapers Foundation Scholar
  • Minority Achievement Scholar
  • Come Follow Me, Co-organizer and Mentor
  • Journalism Student Organization, Secretary

Academic Appointments

  • Northern Illinois University College of Law — DeKalb, Illinois
    Assistant Professor of Law
    2010-Present

Awards and Recognitions

  • Outstanding Professor of the Year Award, Northern Illinois University College of Law Alumni Council, 2012
  • Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee, Pike High School, 2012
  • Corporate Woman of Achievement Award, National Association of Women Business Owners, 2009

Professional Experience

  • Husch Blackwell Sanders Welsh & Katz — Chicago, Illinois
    Intellectual Property Attorney
    2008 – 2009, 2002-2004
  • City of Chicago Department of Law — Chicago, Illinois
    Assistant Corporation Counsel
    2006-2008
  • Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione — Chicago, Illinois
    Intellectual Property Attorney
    2004-2006

Publications

2018

Pushing the Body Beyond its Limits: Copyright Protection of Body Art, in Non-Conventional Copyright (Edward Elgar Publishing, Enrico Bonadio and Nicola Lucchi eds.)

2018

Diversifying Intellectual Property Law: Why Women of Color Remain “Invisible” and How to Provide More Seats at the Table, Landslide, Mar./Apr. 2018, at 31. (Yolanda M. King, with J. Shontavia Johnson and Tonya M. Evans).

2016

Tattoo Copyrights May Finally Get Their Day in Court, Law360 (April 28, 2016, 10:38 AM) Read article

2016

The Inadvisability of Nonuniformity in the Licensing of Cover Songs, 3 Belmont L. Rev. 51 (2016).

2016

Symposium (remarks), Protection and Enforcement Challenges for Tattoo Copyrights, 39 Colum. J.L. & Arts 437 (2016).

2016

The Right of Publicity Challenges for Tattoo Copyrights, 16 Nev. L.J. 441 (2016).

2014

The Enforcement Challenges for Tattoo Copyrights, 22 J. Intell. Prop. L. 29 (2014).

2013

The Challenges “Facing” Copyright Protection for Tattoos, 92 Or. L. Rev. 129 (2013).

2010

Review of From Servants to Workers: South African Domestic Workers and the Democratic State, by Shireen Ally, 14 Perspectives on Work 55 (2010).


Presentations

10.16.15

Presenter, The Inadvisability of Nonuniformity in the Licensing of Cover Songs at Belmont Law Review’s symposium titled “Entertainment Law and Music Business in Transition” in Nashville, Tennessee

10.02.15

Panelist, Copyright Outside the Box symposium at Columbia Law School in New York City, New York

09.29.15

Presenter, The Inadvisability of Nonuniformity in the Licensing of Cover Songs, Michigan State University College of Law’s Intellectual Property Seminar Series (via Skype)

08.06.15

Presenter, The Inadvisability of Nonuniformity in the Licensing of Cover Songs, 2015 Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, DePaul College of Law, Chicago, Illinois

05.31.15

Presentation, The Right of Publicity Challenges for Tattoo Copyrights, Law and Society Association Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington

02.25.15

Presenter, The Right of Publicity Challenges for Tattoo Copyrights, Faculty Development Committee, Northern Illinois University College of Law

12.12.14

Presenter, The Right of Publicity Challenges for Tattoo Copyrights, Eighth Annual Regional Junior Faculty Works-in-Progress Workshop, Washington University Law School

12.02.14

Guest Lecturer, Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks, Graphic Design undergraduate course, Visual Arts Building, Northern Illinois University

11.16.14

Panelist, Teaching Intellectual Property from a Progressive Perspective, The First Annual Mosaic Conference: Diverse Voices in IP Scholarship, Marquette University Law School

11.12.14

Presenter, The Enforcement Challenges for Tattoo Copyrights, DuPage County Bar Association

09.28.14

Presenter, Patents and Copyrights, Joseph F. Glidden Homestead & Historical Center, DeKalb, IL

02.18.14

Presenter, The Challenges “Facing” Copyright Protection for Tattoos, DuPage County Bar Association

02.07.14

Presenter, The Enforcement Challenges for Tattoo Copyrights, DuPage Chicago Junior Faculty Workshop, Valparaiso University of Chicago

10.03.13

Panelist, Mock AALS Interview, Resistance Rising: Theorizing and Building Cross-Sector Movements, 2013 Biennial LatCrit Conference, Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport

08.08.13

Presenter, The Enforcement Challenges for Tattoo Copyrights, 2013 Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University

04.25.13

Panelist, PED Panel: Careers in the Law, Walter Payton College Prep

03.27.13

Presenter, The Challenges “Facing” Copyright Protection for Tattoos, Faculty Development Committee, Northern Illinois University College of Law

10.20.12

Presentation, The Challenges “Facing” Copyright Protection for Tattoos, Central States Law Schools Association’s 2012 Annual Conference, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

09.26.12

Panelist, Northern Illinois University College of Law Black Law Student Association Presents: “What Can I Do With My Law Degree?”

04.13.12

Panelist, Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago, 2012 National Summit of Black Women Lawyers, Hyatt Regency Chicago on the Riverwalk

03.2012

Presenter, Copyright Law, Survey of the Music Industry Class, School of Music, Northern Illinois University College of Visual & Performing Arts

02.08.12

Panelist, So You Want an A? How to be Successful in Your Classes, Black Faculty Association-Sponsored Panel Discussion, Northern Illinois University

09.16.11

Panelist and Organizer, Breaking In: How to Become a Law Professor or Law School Administrator, Society of American Law Teachers, The John Marshall Law School and Northern Illinois University College of Law’s Breaking In Program

04.2010

Presenter, Copyright Law, Survey of the Music Industry Class, School of Music, Northern Illinois University College of Visual & Performing Arts

02.23.07

Panelist, City of Chicago Department of Law’s Diversity in the Law Pipeline Program, City Council Chambers


Professional Activities

2012 – present

Faculty Advisor, American Bar Association Law Student Division’s 2012-2013 Regional Client Counseling Competition

2011 – present

Faculty Advisor, Black Law Students Association, Northern Illinois University College of Law

2012 – present

Faculty Liaison to the Northern Illinois University College of Law Alumni Council and Board of Visitors

2010

Instructor, Council on Legal Education Opportunity’s Sophomore Summer Institute, Northern Illinois University College of Law

2010 – present

Member, Academic Standing Committee, Northern Illinois University College of Law

2011 – 2012

Member, Admissions Committee, Northern Illinois University College of Law

2002 – 2006,
2008 – present

Member, Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago

2002 – 2006,
2008 – present

Member, International Trademark Association

2012 – present

Member, Library Committee, Northern Illinois University College of Law

2002 – 2004,
2008 – 2009

Member, National Association of Women Business Owners

2011 – present

Member, New Teachers Pipeline Committee, Society of American Law Teachers

2012 – present

Member, Search Committee for the Assistant Director of Admissions, Northern Illinois University College of Law

2012 – present

Member, The Association of American Law Schools, Intellectual Property Section

2012 – present

Mentor, 1L Mentor Program, Northern Illinois University College of Law

2012

Participant, Northern Illinois University Libraries’ Digital Preservation Study


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