JYSI am Associate Professor at the Law School at the College of William & Mary. I currently teach Torts, Intellectual Property, and Property Theory.

My research interests center on property, intellectual property, and private law theory more generally, and on conflict of laws and other issues relating to horizontal federalism. I am interested in the role of doctrinal and conceptual analysis within a legal system whose primary orientation is instrumentalist.  Click here to find out about papers I’m working on now.

I joined the William & Mary faculty in 2013. I was a law clerk to Justice Anthony Kennedy at the U.S. Supreme Court and to Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson on the United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit. I received my law degree from the University of Virginia and my undergraduate degree from Harvard.

Please feel free to contact me by email or by phone at (757) 221-1341.

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Works in Progress


What is the Right to Exclude and Why Does It Matter?, in Property Theory: Legal And Political Perspectives (M.H. Otsuka & J.E. Penner eds., Cambridge University Press) (forthcoming).

The Essential Structure of Property Law, 115 Mich. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming).

The Positive Law Model of the Fourth Amendment, 129 Harv. L. Rev. 1821 (2016) (with William Baude).

Property, Exclusivity, and Jurisdiction, 100 Va. L. Rev. 111 (2014).

Property’s Constitution, 101 Cal. L. Rev. 277 (2013).

Choice of Law, The Constitution and Lochner, 94 Va. L. Rev. 1509 (2008).

Shorter Works

ABC v. Aereo and the Humble Judge, 9 NYU J.L.Liberty 81 (2015).

Sovereignty, Territoriality, and the Enforcement of Foreign Judgmentsin Foreign Court Judgments and The United States Legal System 13 (Paul Stephan ed. 2014) (with George Rutherglen). 

Indirect Purchaser Lawsuits and Jurisdictional Competition, Global Comp. Rev. (2013).