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About Brian L. Frye

Brian L. Frye joined the faculty of the College of Law in 2012. He teaches classes in civil procedure, intellectual property, copyright, and nonprofit organizations, as well as a seminar on law and popular culture. Previously, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Hofstra University School of Law, and a litigation associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. He clerked for Judge Andrew J. Kleinfeld of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Richard B. Sanders of the Washington Supreme Court. He received a J.D. from the New York University School of Law in 2005, an M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1997, and a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1995. His research focuses on intellectual property and charity law, especially in relation to artists and arts organizations.

Professor Frye is also a filmmaker. He produced the documentary Our Nixon (2013), which was broadcast by CNN and opened theatrically nationwide. His short films and videos have shown in the 2002 Whitney Biennial, the New York Film Festival, and the San Francisco International Film Festival, among other venues, and are in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art. His critical writing on film and art has appeared in October, The New Republic, Film Comment, Cineaste, Senses of Cinema, and Incite! among other journals.


2016 Present Spears-Gilbert Associate Professor of Law, University of Kentucky College of Law
20122016 Assistant Professor of Law, University of Kentucky College of Law
20102012 Visiting Assistant Professor, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University

Curriculum Vitae


  • Civil Procedure I
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Copyright Law
  • Intellectual Property


2005 J.D., New York University ‐ School of Law
1997 M.F.A., San Francisco Art Institute
1994 B.A., University of California - Berkeley

Contact Information

University of Kentucky
College of Law
620 S. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40506


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