Alfred C. Yen is the Associate Dean of Faculty and a Professor of Law, Law School,
Law School Fund Scholar, and Director of the Emerging Enterprises and Business Law
Program at Boston College. He is a nationally known scholar who has published numerous
articles about copyright law, the Internet, Asian-American legal issues, and law
teaching. His recent works include "Third Party Liability After Grokster,"
which appeared in the Minnesota Law Review and a new casebook on copyright (co-authored
with Professor Joseph Liu) entitled “Copyright: Essential Cases and Materials,” which was
published by West Publishing in 2008. 

Professor Yen has also held many positions of leadership within legal education and the
broader practicing bar. He recently served as Chair of the AALS Professional Development
Committee and completed a term on the Board of Editors for the Journal of Legal Education
and the Board of Governors for the Society of American Law Teachers. In 2001, the
American Law Institute elected him to membership in the Institute. Additionally,
Professor Yen has served as chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on
Art Law and its Section on Minority Groups. He organized the first, fifth, and tenth
Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty, all of which were held at Boston
College Law School. In 1992, Professor Yen wrote and filed an amicus brief with the
United States Supreme Court on behalf of 12 copyright scholars in the case of Campbell v.
Acuff-Rose Music Publishing Co. He also joined another group of copyright scholars to
file an amicus brief in the case of A&M Records. Inc. v. Napster, Inc. during the
summer of 2000. 

Professor Yen is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School. Before joining
the faculty in 1987, he practiced law in Los Angeles for four years at the firm of
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter and Hampton. 



Copyright Law: Essential Cases and Materials (with Joseph P. Liu) (2008)



Intent and Trademark Infringement, Arizona Law Review (2015)


The Constructive Role of Confusion in Trademark, North Carolina Law Review (2014)


Early Scholarship Offers and the NCAA, Boston College Law Review (2011)

Selected Professional Activities

Panelist, Transformative Use Across The Arts, Fair Use in the Digital Age: Campbell @ 20, University of Washington (2015)
How the NCAA's Intellectual Property Strategy Came to Threaten College Sports, IP and the NCAA Athlete, Texas A&M University School of Law (2015)
Panelist, Exception & Limitation Reforms, The Next Great Copyright Act, UC Berkeley Law School (2014)
The Constructive Role of Confusion in Trademark, Arizona State Law School (2014)