» Thomas W. Bell
Professor

Dale E. Fowler School of Law
Thomas W. Bell
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(714) 628-2503
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Education
University of Kansas, Bachelor of Arts
University of Southern California, Master of Arts
University of Chicago, Juris Doctor in Law
Biography
Professor Bell joined the faculty of Fowler School of Law in 1998. He specializes in high-tech legal issues and has written a variety of papers on Intellectual Property and Internet Law. Professor Bell received his Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School in 1993, where he served both as a member of the University of Chicago Law Review and as Articles Editor and cofounder of the University of Chicago Legal Roundtable. After graduating from law school, Professor Bell joined the Silicon Valley law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He entered teaching in 1995, when he became an Assistant Professor of Law in the Law and Technology Program at the University of Dayton School of Law. During a one year leave of absence from that school, and just prior to joining the Chapman faculty, he served as Director of Telecommunications and Technology Studies at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. In addition to writing a steady stream of scholarly works, Professor Bell has appeared on or been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Los Angeles Times, and many other news sources. He teaches Intellectual Property, Internet Law, Advanced Seminar on Copyright Law, Entertainment Law, International Entertainment Law, Tort Law, Contract Law, and Agency and Partnership.

Courses Taught: Intellectual Property, Internet Law, Advanced Seminar on Copyright Law, Entertainment Law, International Entertainment Law, Tort Law, Contract Law,  Agency and Partnership, and Property, Corporations, Law and Economics

List of Scholarly Publications

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
The Constitution as if Consent Mattered, 16 CHAPMAN L. REV. 269 (2013) (invited)
Fordlandia: Henry Ford's Amazon Dystopia, THE FREEMAN, February 19, 2013
For Safer Streets, Use Fairer Courts, THE FREEMAN, May 02, 2013
Tom W. Bell on LAWS OF CREATION, Antitrust and Competition Policy Blog, January 10, 2013 (review essay in blog symposium)
"Startup Cities," Honduras, and Experiments in Freedom, REASONTV, August 5, 2013 (wrote and presented)
Five Reforms for Copyright, in COPYRIGHT’S FUTURE 109 (Mercatus 2012) (invited)
"Property" in the Constitution: The View from the Third Amendment, 20 WILLIAM & MARY BILL OF RIGHTS J. 1243 (2012) (invited)
Principles of Contracts for Governing Service, 21 GRIFFITH L. REV. 472 (2012) (invited)
Josh Blackman, Miriam A. Cherry, and Tom W. Bell, Cutting access to InTrade Violates Americans' Speech Rights, Houston Chronicle, December 7, 2012
No Exit: Are Honduran Free Cities DOA? THE FREEMAN, November 26, 2012
Government Prediction Markets: Why, Who, and How, 116 PENN. ST. L. REV. 403 (2011)
Pirates in the Family Room: How Performances from Abroad, to U.S. Consumers, Might Evade Copyright Law, 18 SOUTHWESTERN J. INT’L LAW 253 (2011) (invited)
The Rule of Law, LEARNLIBERTY, February 18, 2011, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAJVu9LK7WE (video I wrote and performed)
The Power of Property Rights, LEARNLIBERTY, March 3, 2011, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnjPFZV8Wqo (video I wrote and performed)
Can Order be Unplanned? LEARNLIBERTY, April 4, 2011, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPICY2SXgn0 (video I wrote and performed)
Commentary on Predicting Crime, 52 ARIZ. L. REV. 65 (2010) (invited)
Graduated Consent in Contract and Tort Law: Toward a Theory of Justification, 61 CASE WESTERN L. REV. 17 (2010)