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
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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 - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 MCH 230
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
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Presenter, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow (2001 - 2001)
  • Guest Lecturer, University of London, Kings College, London (2001 - 2001)
  • Interim Chair, University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business, St. Paul / Mpls (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

Major Works
  • 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
  • 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. (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., & 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
  • Marsnik, S. J. (2007). ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BUSINESS ETHICS AND SOCIETY. In Richard W. Kolb (Ed.), Trade secrets and corporate espionage. Sage
  • 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,
  • Marsnik, S. J. (2002). Practicing in a Global Economy. The United Nations convention on contracts for the international sale of goods.
  • Marsnik, S. J. (2002). Legal systems of the world: A political, social and historical encyclopedia. Commercial law (International perspective).
  • Podlas, K., & Marsnik, S. J. (2002). Setting the stage for understanding of international contract negotiation: Reflective teaching - reflective learning. Atlantic Law Journal,

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
  • "Employer or employee ownership of copyrighted work?: A comparative perspective on the work-for-hire doctrine" Managing the Legal Nexus Among Intellectual Property, Employees, and Global Trade - University of Georgia, Terry College of Business and University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, Ann Arbor, Michigan, April 01, 2014
  • "The U.S. perspective on legal education and some thoughts about reform" Research Seminar Series, University of Portsmouth, College of Business, Law Subject Group, Portsmouth, United Kingdom, January 01, 2014
  • "Brinkman v. Summit Pharmaceuticals: A sexual harassment jury simulation to be used as a first day exercise, to teach dispute resolution, and employment law" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Boston, MA, August 01, 2013
  • "Should we look to Europe?" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Boston, MA, August 01, 2013
  • "India's Accession to TRIPS and its engagement with the pharmaceutical industry" International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, July 01, 2013
  • "Brazil's Accession to TRIPS and its engagement with the pharmaceutical industry" Collegiate Marketing Educators Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexicco, March 01, 2013
  • "Students distress and clinical legal education" Association of Law Teachers Conference, Nottingham, United Kingdom, March 01, 2013
  • "Doing the impossible: Defining the boundaries of patentable subject matter" Association of Law Teachers Conference, Nottingham, United Kingdom, March 01, 2013
  • "India's accession to TRIPS and its engagement with the pharmaceuticals industry" International Business and Economy Conference, Caen, Basse-Normandy, France, January 01, 2013
  • "Pressing problems in the law and legal education: The correlation between assessment and student learning: A discussion and comparison of the UK with the US and Australia" Society of Legal Scholars Conference, Bristol, United Kingdom, September 01, 2012
  • "Using contract negotiation exercises to develop higher order thinking skills" Academy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Conference, Kansas City, Missouri, August 01, 2012
  • "Will the America invents act post grant procedures improve the quality of patents? A comparison with the European patent office process" The Changing Face of American Patent Law and Its Impact on Business Strategy, Ann Arbor, MI, May 17, 2012
  • "America Invents! Will America's new patent law improve the quality of business method and software patents?" Association of Law Teachers, Oxford University - Oxford, UK, April 01, 2012
  • "Contract negotiation exercises: Lessons for strategic business decision making" Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Chicago, IL, April 01, 2012
  • "Review (and assessment) of legal education leading to professional qualification: a discussion and comparison of the UK with the US and Australia" Association of Law Teachers, Oxford University - Oxford, UK, April 01, 2012
  • "Legal services - A comparison of fortunes - USA, UK and Australia" Society of Legal Scholars, University of Cambridge - Cambridge, UK, September 01, 2011
  • "Making abstract ideas concrete? The need to refocus patentability tests on the progress of the useful arts mandate" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, New Orleans, LA, August 01, 2011
  • "The future for universities post Browne and CSR from where I sit" Association of Law Teachers, Cardiff, UK, April 01, 2011
  • "United States and European patent: Convergence through shared chaos" Association of Law Teachers, Cardiff, UK, April 01, 2011
  • "The cultural challenges: Is the understanding and protection of intellectual property different depending on the legal culture? The Anglo-American approach, the European and continental approach, the Islamic approach and the Asian approach" World Arbitration Forum for Intellectual Property, Dead Sea, Jordan, November 01, 2010
  • "Drawing a line in the patent subject-matter sands: Does Europe prove a solution to the software and business method patent problem?" Academy of Legal Studies in Business,, Richmond, VA, August 01, 2010
  • "Taming software and business method patents: Does Europe provide a workable solution?" Association of Law teachers Annual Conference, Cambridge, United Kingdom, March 01, 2010
  • "The jury in U.S. patent infringement cases: A historical and comparative context" DSI - Decision Sciences Institute, Nancy, France, June 01, 2009
  • "Panel on negotiation: Theory, practice and pedagogy" DSI - Decision Sciences Institute, Nancy, France, January 01, 2009
  • "Transatlantic drift: Convergence or divergence in U.S. and European approaches to patent remedies" Southeastern Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Miami, FL, November 01, 2008
  • "Transatlantic drift: Convergence or divergence in U.S. and European approaches to patent Remedies" Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Oxford, United Kingdom, September 01, 2008
  • "'Transatlantic drift: Convergence or divergence in U.S. and European approaches to patent Remedies" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Long Beach, CA, August 01, 2008
  • "Patent remedies in the US and EU: Comparison and analysis" Association of Law teachers Annual Conference, Oxford, United Kingdom, March 01, 2008
  • "Panel on negotiation: Theory, practice and pedagogy" DSI - Decision Sciences Institute, Nancy, France, January 01, 2008
  • "Integrating globalcCompetence into the international business law course" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Indianapolis, Indiana, August 01, 2007
  • "Teaching them there." Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Indianapolis, Indiana, August 01, 2007
  • "Transatlantic drift: Convergence or divergence in U.S. and European approaches to patent remedies" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Atlanta, GA, November 01, 2006
  • "Researching foreign and international intellectual property law" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, San Francisco, California, August 01, 2006
  • "The impact of legal environments and inter-firm relationships in east-west business transactions" Northeast Decision Sciences Institute, San Juan, Puerto Rico, January 01, 2006
  • "External environment, trust and east-west trade" International Marketing Challenges in the 21st Century, CIMaR, Barcelona, Spain, May 01, 2005
  • "Exceptions and limitations in a digital world: A comparison of the U.S. digital millennium copyright act and the EU directive on harmonization of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society" Association of Law teachers Annual Conference, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, March 01, 2005
  • "External environment, trust and east-west trade" Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania, March 01, 2005
  • "Active Learning in Legal Studies Education: Negotiating and Drafting of Contracts" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Ottawa, Ontario, August 01, 2004
  • "Confusion Now Hath Made His Masterpiece: A Comparative Analysis of Limitations and Exceptions to Digital Copyright Law In the United States and European Union" Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Oxford, United Kingdom, September 01, 2003
  • "A Delicate Balance Upset: A Preliminary Survey of Exceptions and Limitations in U.S. and European Union Digital Copyright Law" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Nashville, Tennessee, August 01, 2003
  • "Reconsidering the Use of Appellate Cases in the Classroom: What are Some Effective Alternatives?" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Nashville, Tennessee, August 01, 2003
  • "Putting Our Digital Houses in Order? A Comparison of the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act & the EU Directive on the Harmonization of Certain Aspects of Copyright and Related Rights in the Information Society" Association of Law teachers Annual Conference, Maastricht, Netherlands, April 01, 2003
  • "Islamic Business Law and Other Issues in the Wake of September 11th" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Las Vegas, Nevada, July 01, 2002
  • "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective (or Pretty Darned Good) Teachers or Lessons Learned in the Field" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Las Vegas, Nevada, July 01, 2002
  • "Developing and Assessing Instructional Tools: An International Contract Simulation for Legal Studies in Business" Association of Law teachers Annual Conference, Greenwich, United Kingdom, March 01, 2002
  • "Setting the Stage for Understanding of International Contract Negotiation: Reflective Teaching - Reflective Learning" Mid-Atlantic Legal Studies in Business Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 01, 2002