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Michael Murray is the Spears Gilbert Associate Professor of Law. He has been teaching full time at the College of Law since his appointment in 2018. Previously, he was a Visiting Professor of Law in 2016-2017, when he taught Legal Writing, Professional Responsibility, and Advanced Legal Research and Writing at the College of Law.

Professor Murray graduated from Loyola College in Maryland and from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He was a member of a national champion Jessup International Law Moot Court team at Columbia, and Notes Editor of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. After law school, he clerked for United States District Judge John F. Nangle of the Eastern District of Missouri, who was then the Chair of the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. Murray also practiced commercial, intellectual property, and products liability litigation for seven years at Bryan Cave law firm in St. Louis. After leaving private practice, Professor Murray taught at the law schools of Saint Louis University, University of Illinois, Valparaiso University, University of Michigan, and University of Massachusetts, and internationally in Florence, Italy, and Cambridge, UK. Professor Murray currently has published twenty-seven books and numerous law review articles on advocacy, legal research and writing, rhetoric, copyright, art law, and other topics.

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  • Artificial Intelligence and the Law
  • Art Law
  • Blockchains, Cryptocurrency, NFTs and the Metaverse Law
  • Copyright
  • Legal Writing
  • Legal Research
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Right of Publicity
Books & Book Chapters



                                               Advocacy, Legal Writing, and Visual Rhetoric


·             Advanced Legal Writing and Oral Advocacy: Trials, Appeals, and Moot Court (Foundation Press, 3d ed. 2021) (with DeSanctis)


·             The Analysis of Visual Works, book chapter in Visual IQ for Lawyers (Olga Mack ed., ABA forthcoming 2023).


·             Communication through Photographs, book chapter in Visual IQ for Lawyers (Olga Mack ed., ABA, forthcoming 2023)


·             Ethics of Visual Communication, book chapter in Visual IQ for Lawyers (Olga Mack ed., ABA, forthcoming 2023).


·             Legal Research Methods (Foundation Press, 2d ed. 2015) (with DeSanctis)


·             Legal Writing and Analysis (Foundation Press, 3d ed. 2021) (with DeSanctis) 



                                                          Art Law and Intellectual Property Law


·                Art Law: Cases and Materials (Aspen, 3d ed. 2023) (with DuBoff)


·                Art Law in a Nutshell (West, 6th ed. 2021) (with DuBoff and King)


·                Art Law Deskbook: Artists' Rights in Intellectual Property, Moral Rights, and Freedom of Expression (Lexis Nexis 2017) (Lead Author) (with DuBoff, King, Nafziger)


·                Art Law Deskbook: International and American Art Law on the Preservation and Movement of Art and Cultural Property (Lexis Nexis, forthcoming, 2024) (with DuBoff, King, Nafziger) 

·                Art Law Deskbook: The Law of the Business of Art for Artists, Galleries, Collectors, and Museums (Lexis Nexis 2018) (with DuBoff, King, Nafziger)


·                The Deskbook of Art Law (Oxford University Press 2004-2015) (with DuBoff and King)


·                A Short and Happy Guide to Copyright (West, 2d ed. 2022)


·                Right of Publicity in a Nutshell (West, 2d ed. 2022)


Scholarly Articles

·             Artificial Intelligence for Academic Support in Law Schools and Universities (work in progress, Sep. 6, 2023),


·              Artificial Intelligence and the Practice of Law Part 1: Lawyers Must be Professional and Responsible Supervisors of AI (forthcoming, 2023),

·              Artificial Intelligence and the Practice of Law Part 2: Working With Your New AI Staff Attorney (forthcoming, 2023),

·              Copyright Transformative Fair Use after Andy Warhol Foundation v. Goldsmith, 24 WAKE FOREST J. BUS. & INTELL. PROP. L. ___ (forthcoming, 2023),

·              Generative AI Art: Copyright Infringement and Fair Use, 26 SMU SCI. & TECH. L. REV. ___ (forthcoming, 2023),

·              Tools Do Not Create: Human Authorship in the Use of Generative Artificial Intelligence, 15 CASE W. RESERVE J.L. TECH. & INTERNET ___ (forthcoming, 2023),

·               Fair Use in Trademark and Right of Publicity Law: The Rogers Test after Jack Daniel’s v. VIP Products (forthcoming, 2023)

·               The Transformative Fair Use Test after Andy Warhol Foundation v. Goldsmith (2023), update to ART LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS (Aspen 3d ed. 2023),

·                NFTs Rescue Resale Royalties? The Wonderfully Complicated Ability of NFT Smart Contracts to Allow Resale Royalty Rights, 14 Case W. Reserve J.L. Tech. & Internet _____ (forthcoming, 2023),

·                Trademarks, NFTs, and the Law of the Metaverse, 6 Ariz. L.J. Emerging Technologies _____ (forthcoming, 2023),

·                NFT Ownership and Copyrights, 56 Ind. L. Rev. 367 (2023)

·                Transfers and Licensing of Copyrights to NFT Purchasers, 6 Stan. J. Blockchain L. & Pol'y 119 (2023)

·                Generative and AI Authored Artworks and Copyright Law, 45 Hastings Comm. & Ent. L.J. 27 (2023)

·                Ready Lawyer One:  Lawyering in the Metaverse, 86(3) KBA Bench & Bar 40 (2022) (short essay)

·                NFTs and the Art World – What’s Real and What’s Not, 29 UCLA Ent. L. Rev. 25 (2021)

·                Cross-Cultural Communication in a Crisis—The Universality of Visual Narrative in the COVID-19 Pandemic, 32 Alb. L. J. Sci. & Tech. 23 (2022)

·                Toward a Universal Visual Language of Law, 46 L. & Psych. Rev. 1 (2022)

·                A New Methodology for the Analysis of Visuals in Legal Works, 16 FIU L. Rev. 381 (2022)

·                Diagrammatics and the Proactive Visualization of Legal Information, 43 U. Ark. Little Rock L. Rev. 1 (2021)

·                Cartoon Contracts and the Proactive Visualization of Law, 16 U. Mass. L. Rev. 98 (2021)

·                Would You Ever Write a Cartoon Contract?, 84(6) KBA Bench & Bar 27 (2020) (short essay)

·                Mise en Scène and the Decisive Moment of Visual Legal Rhetoric, 68 U. Kan. L. Rev. 241 (2019)

·                The Sharpest Tool in the Toolbox: Visual Legal Rhetoric, 68 J. Legal Educ. 64 (2018)

 ·                Getting Visual, 82 KBA Bench & Bar 24 (2018) (short essay)

 ·                The Ethics of Visual Legal Rhetoric, 13 Legal Comm. & Rhetoric: JALWD 107 (2016)

 ·                Visual Rhetoric: Topics of Invention and Arrangement and Tropes of Style, 21 Legal Writing 185 (2016)

 ·                Leaping Language and Cultural Barriers with Visual Legal Rhetoric, 49 U.S.F.L. Rev. 61 (2015)

·                Post-Myriad Genetics Copyright of Synthetic Biology and Living Media, 10 Okla. J.L. & Tech. 71 (2014) 

·                Reconstructing the Contours of the Copyright Originality and Idea-Expression Doctrines regarding the Right to Deny Access to Works, 1 Tex. A & M L. Rev. 921 (2013-2014 Intellectual Property Symposium) 

·                The Promise of Parentheticals: An Empirical Study of the Use of Parentheticals in Federal Appellate Briefs, 10 Legal Comm. & Rhetoric: JALWD 229 (2013) 

·                DIOS MIO: The KISS Principle of the Ethical Approach to Copyright and Right of Publicity Law, 14 Minn. J.L. Sci. & Tech. 89 (2013) 

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