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Jacob H. Rooksby, J.D., M.Ed., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Law
School of Law

Room 327 School of Law
Phone: 412.396.6185



Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2012
J.D., University of Virginia, 2007
M.Ed., University of Virginia, 2007
A.B., The College of William and Mary, 2004
  • Corporate Governance in the For-Profit and Non-Profit Spheres
  • Fundamentals of Intellectual Property
  • Law and Higher Education
  • Social Media & the Law
  • Technology Innovation Law
  • Torts

Jacob H. Rooksby is Assistant Professor of Law at Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, where he currently teaches courses in torts, intellectual property (IP) subjects, law and higher education, corporate governance, and social media and the law. His primary scholarship focus concerns the impact of IP law and policy on higher education. A member of the Virginia State Bar, Professor Rooksby formerly practiced law as an associate with McGuireWoods LLP in Richmond, Va., where he was a member of the firm's IP litigation / patents department and higher education practice team. Super Lawyers magazine named him a "Rising Star" attorney in Virginia in 2009, 2011, and 2012 in the area of IP law.

Professor Rooksby holds J.D., M.Ed. (social foundations of education), and Ph.D. (higher education) degrees from the University of Virginia. He earned his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in Hispanic studies and government from the College of William & Mary, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Professor Rooksby currently is at work on a book on IP policy issues in higher education.


Professor Rooksby writes for a variety of audiences within the fields of law and higher education. His work has been published, cited, or is forthcoming in Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, Yale Journal of Law & Technology, Brooklyn Law Review, National Geographic, JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, Duke Law Journal, George Mason Law Review, Emory Law Journal, Alabama Law Review, Seton Hall Law Review, Utah Law Review, Akron Law Review, The John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property, Michigan Telecommunications & Technology Law Review, Northwestern Journal of Technology & Intellectual Property, Journal of Law & Education, Journal of College & University Law, Journal of Legal Education, Quinnipiac Health Law Journal, les Nouvelles, Chronicle of Higher Education, Trusteeship, Academe, and Teachers College Record, among other outlets. In recognition of Professor Rooksby's scholarship in the field of intellectual property, the School of Law awarded him the Dr. John and Liz Murray Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship in 2014.

Professor Rooksby is a contributing editor at HigherEducationLaw blog. Please visit his SSRN page and personal website for more details on his scholarship.


Phi Beta Kappa

Dr. John and Liz Murray Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship

    Professional Affiliations

    Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association

    Q. Todd Dickinson Intellectual Property American Inn of Court

    Association of University Technology Managers

    Virginia State Bar