Susan Marsnik

Full Professor, Ethics and Business Law

sjmarsnik@stthomas.edu

(651) 962-4147

Minneapolis Campus
1000 LaSalle Ave
Terrence Murphy Hall 443H
Minneapolis, MN 55403

J.D., , University of Minnesota
B.A., , University of Minnesota
A.A., , Vermillion Community College

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Susan J. Marsnik has published in law, business and pedagogy journals and has contributed to a scholarly book, corporate compliance training materials and encyclopedias. Her substantive work focuses on international and comparative intellectual property and privacy law. Her most recent work explores comparative approaches patents in the United States, Europe and various developing countries. Her pedagogical research includes innovative teaching methodologies and comparative approaches to training professionals in various common law jurisdictions. She has traveled widely, teaching at foreign universities and presenting her research at international conferences. In 2010, she served as a Fulbright Specialist at Beni Suef University's Faculty of Law in Egypt and in 2011 participated as a panelist at the World Arbitration Forum for Intellectual Property in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Marsnik teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, including International Business Law, Communications Law and Business, and Law and Ethics in the European Union. Prior to her academic career, she practiced law with a boutique law firm. She also has experience as a professional in the book publishing industry, marketing legal services and consulting on law firm management issues. She serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Legal Studies Education and The Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education.

Fall 2014 Courses
Fall 2014 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
BLAW 303 - 01 International Business Law M - W - - - - 0915 - 1055 SCH 315
Description of course International Business Law : CRN: 42688
An exploration of the international legal environments and some of the legal issues and problems confronting businesses as they cross international boundaries. Topics include international trade, foreign investment, transfer of technology, international dispute resolution, international contracting, employment law, and the role of multinational enterprises. Prerequisite: Junior standing

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BLAW 710 - 501 Communication Law - - W - - - - 1800 - 2100 TMH 401
Description of course Communication Law : CRN: 42694
Surveys US and international legal issues of importance to internal and external communications professionals within businesses. Topics include a survey of copyright law, trademark law, trade secret law, privacy law, right of publicity, First Amendment and commercial speech, legal issues impacting internal and external networks, and the regulation of advertising. The course will discuss application of these issues in a business environment and explore enforcement of rights through private action, agency proceedings and industry self-regulation. -- Fullfills MBC core requirement.

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J-Term 2015 Courses
J-Term 2015 Courses
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Spring 2015 Courses
Spring 2015 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
BLAW 303 - 01 International Business Law M - W - - - - 1315 - 1455 SCH 315
Description of course International Business Law : CRN: 21938
An exploration of the international legal environments and some of the legal issues and problems confronting businesses as they cross international boundaries. Topics include international trade, foreign investment, transfer of technology, international dispute resolution, international contracting, employment law, and the role of multinational enterprises. Prerequisite: Junior standing

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Academic and Professional Positions
  • Ethics and Business Law Department Chair, University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business, Saint Paul / Minneapolis (2014 - present)
  • Admitted to Practice/Professional Licensure, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, Minneapolis (1994 - present)
  • Admitted to Practice/Professional Licensure, Supreme Court of Minnesota, St. Paul (1994 - present)
  • Visiting Professor J-Term, Universite de Caen, Institut d'Administration des Enterprises, Caen (2007 - present)
  • Professor, University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business, Saint Paul / Minneapolis (2013 - present)
  • Associate Professor, University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business, St. Paul / Mpls (2003 - 2013)
  • Chair, University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business, St. Paul / Mpls (2003 - 2007)
  • Second Marker, University of Manchester - Manchester Business School Worldwide, Gwynedd (2005 - 2006)
  • Visiting Professor, Universite de Caen, Institut d'Administration des Enterprises, Caen (2005 - 2006)
  • Invited Faculty, Universite de Poitiers, Poitiers (2004 - 2004)
  • Visiting Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis (2004 - 2004)
  • Guest Faculty, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest (2003 - 2003)
  • Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business, St. Paul / Mpls (1999 - 2003)
  • Visiting Lecturer, Novosibirsk State University, Akademgorodok (2003 - 2003)
  • Lecturer & Grader, National Practice Institute, Minneapolis (2001 - 2002)
  • Interim Chair, University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business, St. Paul / Mpls (2001 - 2001)
  • Guest Lecturer, University of London, Kings College, London (2001 - 2001)
  • Presenter, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow (2001 - 2001)
  • Visiting Speaker, University of Central Lancashire, Lancashire Law School, Preston (2001 - 2001)
  • Guest Lecturer, The Open University Law Programme, Milton Keynes (2001 - 2001)
  • Instructor, Upper Midwest Association for Intercultural Education, London/Dublin (2001 - 2001)
  • Guest Lecturer, William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul (2000 - 2000)
  • Guest Lecturer, Franklin College, Grimsby (2000 - 2000)
  • Visiting Professor, University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business, St. Paul / Mpls (1999 - 1999)
  • Director of Attorney Marketing, Co-Counsel, Inc., Minneapolis (1997 - 1999)
  • Adjunct Professor, University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business, St. Paul / Mpls (1996 - 1998)
  • Director of Attorney Placement, Co-Counsel, Inc., Minneapolis (1997 - 1998)
  • Associate Attorney, Jacobson, Harwood, Bennett & Erickson, P.A., Minneapolis (1994 - 1997)
  • Guest Lecturer, University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business, St. Paul / Mpls (1997 - 1997)
  • Student Representative and Trainer, LEXIS/NEXIS, Minneapolis (1992 - 1994)
  • Student Director, University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis (1993 - 1994)
  • Summer Associate, Jacobson, Harwood, Bennett & Erickson, P.A., Minneapolis (1992 - 1992)
  • District Manager, Addison Wesley Publishing Company, Minneapolis (1990 - 1991)
  • Marketing Director, The University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis (1988 - 1990)
  • Eastern Regional Sales Manager, West Educational Publishing, St. Paul (1987 - 1988)
  • Field Manager, West Educational Publishing, St. Paul (1985 - 1987)
  • Developmental Editor, West Educational Publishing, St. Paul (1983 - 1984)
  • Sales Representative, West Educational Publishing, St. Paul (1982 - 1983)
  • Administrative Editor, West Educational Publishing, St. Paul (1981 - 1982)

Professional Memberships
  • Academy of Legal Studies in Business
  • Association of Law Teachers

Professional Service
  • International Journal of Intellectual Property,
  • Fulbright Specialist Program Discipline Peer Review Committee (Law),
  • Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education,
  • American Business Law Journal, Reviewer
  • Journal of Legal Studies Education, Editor

Public Service
  • Business in Europe Today: Trade, Growth & Communication (Part of the Euro-American Celebration, Program Organizer
  • Minnesota Regional Independent Inventors Conference, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Program Organizer

Publications
  • Thach, S. V., Marsnik, S. J., & Rizzo, A. (forthcoming). Accession to Trips and its engagement with the pharmaceuticals industry: Brazil and India. Journal of Global Business,
  • Marsnik, S. J., & Thompson, D. B. (2013). Using contract negotiation exercises to develop higher order thinking and strategic business skills. Journal of Legal Studies Education, (30)(2), pp. 201-248
  • Marsnik, S. J., & Thomas, R. E. (2011). Drawing a line in the patent subject matter sands: Does Europe provide a solution to the software and business method patent problem?. Boston College International and Comparative Law Review, (34)(2), pp. 227-327
  • Thach, S., & Marsnik, S. J. (2009). Patent standards under TRIPs and pharmaceutical industries in Brazil and India. Latin American Business Review, (10)(4), pp. 237-261
  • Podlas, K., & Marsnik, S. J. (2008). Building a stage for student understanding in business: Reflective learning and reflective teaching. Journal for the Art of Teaching, pp. 119-132
  • Thach, S., & Marsnik, S. J. (2005). External environment, trust and east-west trade. Ekonomika, pp. 140-150
  • Vollmers, S. M., Vollmers, A. C., & Marsnik, S. J. (2005). Caveat emptor? the consideration of economic, ethical, and biblical perspectives in determining legal alternatives. Journal of Biblical Integration: Business Cases with a Christian Worldview, pp. 29-45
  • Marsnik, S. J. (2004). A delicate balance upset: A preliminary survey of exceptions and limitations in U.S. and European Union digital copyright law. International Business Law Journal,
  • Podlas, K., & Marsnik, S. J. (2002). Setting the stage for understanding of international contract negotiation: Reflective teaching - reflective learning. Atlantic Law Journal,

Books and Chapters
  • Lorentz, R. M., & Marsnik, S. J. (forthcoming). Managing the Legal Nexus between Intellectual Property and Employees in Domestic and Global Contexts. Employer or employee ownership of copyrighted works? A comparative perspective on the work-for-hire doctrine. Edward Elgar Publishing
  • Marsnik, S. J. (forthcoming). Simulation: Learning the law experientially. In Caroline Stevens, Richard Grimes, and Edward Phillips (Ed.), Setting the stage: Using a simulation as a first day of class exercise. Ashgate Publishing
  • Marsnik, S. J. (2013). The Changing Face of American Patent Law and its Impact on Business Strategy. In Cahoy, D.R. & Oswald, L.J (Ed.), Will the America Invents Act post-grant review improve the quality of patents? A comparison with the European Patent Office opposition (pp. 183-220). Northhampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing Inc.
  • Marsnik, S. J. (2007). ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BUSINESS ETHICS AND SOCIETY. In Richard W. Kolb (Ed.), Trade secrets and corporate espionage. Sage
  • Marsnik, S. J. (2002). Legal systems of the world: A political, social and historical encyclopedia. Commercial law (International perspective).
  • Marsnik, S. J. (2002). Practicing in a Global Economy. The United Nations convention on contracts for the international sale of goods.

Research Interests
  • Intellectual Property
  • Comparative and International Patent Law
  • Comparative and International Data Privacy Law
  • Pedagogy

Awards and Honors
  • Ethic and Business Law Department 'Above and Beyond' Award, 2014
  • Hoeber Research Excellence Award, Journal of Legal Studies Education, 2013
  • Fulbright Senior Specialists Roster, Comparative Digital Copyright and International Business Law, 2007
  • University of Saint Thomas Faculty Development Research Grant, 2004
  • LuAnn Dummer Center for Women, 2002
  • University of Oxford, 2004

Presentations