Professor Irina D. Manta has been named Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. She succeeds Professor Ashira Ostrow, who had served in the position since 2016.
In her new role, Professor Manta is responsible for supporting and promoting the Hofstra Law faculty’s academic scholarship and achievements. This will include managing and organizing Hofstra Law’s academic workshop series and coordinating its external lecture series, as well as advising the Dean’s Office on how to improve support for faculty scholarship and better promote the faculty’s academic achievements.
“I want to thank Professor Ostrow for her two years of excellent service to the Law School in this role,” said Judge Gail Prudenti, dean, in announcing the appointment. “I look forward to working with Professor Manta over the next year on the very important project of highlighting the faculty’s scholarly production and academic reputation.”
Professor Manta is the director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law and teaches in the intellectual property and property fields. Her research examines the intersection between intellectual property law and social science, with a focus on psychology. She has written about the hedonic value of trademarks and its legal implications, the problem of cognitive bias in copyright infringement litigation, price discrimination through software licensing in the age of the internet of things, and the role of criminal sanctions in intellectual property.
Professor Manta is a co-author of The Criminal Law of Intellectual Property and Information: Cases and Materials, 2nd edition (West Academic Publishing 2015), a textbook on criminal law issues in intellectual property. Her articles have appeared in the Emory Law Journal, William & Mary Law Review, Iowa Law Review, Alabama Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Washington & Lee Law Review, Boston College Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, Stanford Technology Law Review, Florida Law Review, NYU Journal of Legislation & Public Policy, Arizona Law Review, SMU Law Review, Cardozo Law Review, and Cornell Law Review Online, among others. She has also been a guest blogger for PrawfsBlawg and for Concurring Opinions. In 2014, she received the Lawrence A. Stessin Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publications, which is awarded to two junior faculty members across all disciplines at Hofstra University.
Before joining the Hofstra Law faculty in 2012, Professor Manta was an assistant professor of law at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. She was a Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School from 2007 to 2009. She clerked for Judge Morris S. Arnold on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit for the 2006-2007 term.
Professor Manta received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2006. While there, she was the grand prize winner of the Foley & Lardner LLP Intellectual Property Writing Competition. She also served as tributes editor of the Yale Law Journal, articles editor of the Yale Law & Policy Review, and editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. in psychology.