Alfred C. Yen is a Professor of Law at Boston College Law School, Law School Fund
Scholar, and Director of the Emerging Enterprises and Business Law Program. 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
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.
Selected Professional Activities