James Y. Stern
Office phone: (757) 221-1341
Office location: Room 227A
Areas of Specialization
Property and Property Theory; Intellectual Property; Remedies; Trusts; Equity; Unjust Enrichment; Water Law; Conflict of Laws; Torts; Contracts; Comparative Law; Legislation
Representative Professional Activities and Achievements
James Y. Stern received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in American history and literature. He subsequently taught British and American history in England as a Harvard-Shrewsbury Fellow. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia, where he was awarded the Roger & Madeleine Traynor Prize for the best paper by a graduating student and was named a John M. Olin Law and Economics Fellow. He served as Articles Development Editor for the Virginia Law Review. He clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court and for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Prior to joining the William & Mary faculty, Professor Stern was Research Assistant Professor at University of Virginia Law School, where he taught courses in property theory and statutory interpretation. He was awarded the American Inns of Court Foundation's Temple Bar Scholarship in 2011 and is an honorary member of the Commercial Bar Association for England and Wales. His research interests include property law and private law theory, intellectual property, and conflict of laws.
- Conflicts Conflicts, (in progress).
- Intellectual Priority, (with Dotan Oliar) (in progress).
- The Essential Structure of Property Law, (in progress).
- Property, Exclusivity, and Jurisdiction, 100 Va. L. Rev. ___ (2013) (forthcoming).
- Property's Constitution, 101 Cal. L. Rev. 277 (2013). SSRN.
- Choice of Law, The Constitution and Lochner, 94 Va. L. Rev. 1509 (2008).