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Yen Named Editor-in-Chief


May 11, 2016 -- Photographed for Boston College Law School Viewbook by Caitlin Cunningham ( Fred Yen. 

BC Law professor Alfred C. Yen has been named Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Copyright Society, a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to copyright law published quarterly each year. The journal is composed of various articles by prominent academics, judges, practitioners, and government officials in the legal industry, including theoretical articles, notes and summaries of developments, and important court decisions globally. 

Yen will replace F. Jay Dougherty, who has held the position of Editor-in-Chief of the journal since 2009. BC Law professor Joe Liu has also previously served in this capacity, making BC Law one of the only law schools to have had two editors-in-chief of the journal.

Yen is a Professor of Law and Dean’s Distinguished Scholar at Boston College Law School. He recently served as Associate Dean of Faculty. He is a nationally known scholar who has published numerous articles about copyright law, the internet, sports law, Asian-American legal issues, and law teaching. He is also the author of (with Professor Joseph Liu) Copyright: Essential Cases and Materials, which was published by West Publishing in 2008 and will soon be in its fourth edition.

Yen has also held many positions of leadership within legal education. He has served as chair of the AALS Professional Development Committee and completed a term on the Board of Editors for the Journal of Legal Education and the Board of Governors for the Society of American Law Teachers. In 2001, the American Law Institute elected him to membership. Additionally, Professor Yen has served as chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Art Law and its Section on Minority Group. He is presently the chair of the Section on Sports Law, and he organized the first, fifth, and tenth Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty, all of which were held at Boston College Law School.

Yen holds appointments as an Invited Professor at the Université Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne Law School and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Arizona Law School.

The Copyright Society of the USA is a non-profit established in 1953 with more than 1,000 members nationwide. The society strives to foster interest in and advance the education of copyright law through various channels of media.