The Life and Times of Dean Robinson


Jeffrey Lefstin

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William Callyhan Robinson (1834-1911) was many things in life: A giant in patent law, a convert to Catholicism, a savior of Yale University’s Law School and the first dean of Catholic University’s law school in 1895. He was also something of an enigma, widely respected but little understood by his peers. To shed light on Robinson’s life and contributions to the then-nascent field of patent law, the Columbus School of Law’s Intellectual Property Law Program sponsored its first annual lecture in his name on March 29, 2011. The address was presented by Professor Jeffrey Lefstin, University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

A summary of the event is available here.

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