Professor Dustin Marlan is a clinical teaching fellow in the University of Michigan Law School's Community and Economic Development Clinic, where he leads the Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project—a new clinic initiative aimed at providing transactional legal services to entrepreneurs and small businesses in the city of Detroit. He presently serves on the steering committee for the U-M Task Force on Campus Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Professor Marlan's recent scholarship examines how both intellectual property law and the legal pedagogy can benefit from the use of ideas and concepts from depth psychology—the study of unconscious mental processes and motives. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Washington Law Review and the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, among other law journals.
Prior to joining the Michigan Law faculty, Professor Marlan was an associate in the Seattle office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC, where he counseled primarily startups and nonprofits in matters including trademarks, copyrights, advertising, and intellectual property and technology licensing and transactions. He previously worked as an attorney at K&L Gates LLP and, prior to law school, as a trademark paralegal at Finnegan LLP. Professor Marlan earned his JD,
cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his BA from Indiana University Bloomington. While at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, he was a senior editor of the
Journal of Constitutional Law and a member of the Legislative Clinic, during which he served as a legislative intern to U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey Jr.
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