Sharon K. Sandeen is a professor of law and director of the Intellectual Property Institute at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. She is an internationally recognized expert on trade secret law, having written (with E. Rowe) the first casebook on trade secret law in the United States (Cases and Materials in Trade Secret Law) and Trade Secret Law in a Nutshell, both published by West Academic Publishing, and numerous articles and book chapters on the topic.
Prior to becoming a full-time professor in 2002, Professor Sandeen practiced law for over 15 years in Sacramento, California, first as a general business litigator at the largest law firm in Sacramento and later as an intellectual property specialist, where her practice included trademark registration and intellectual property litigation. While in Sacramento, Professor Sandeen was an active member of the local bar, serving as a founding member of the Sacramento Intellectual Property Law Association, a member of the Executive Committee of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of California, and on various Committees of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.
Professor Sandeen’s teaching career began in 1996 when she was appointed as an adjunct professor at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Since 1996, she has taught an IP survey course at least once a year as well as a variety of other IP courses, including Trademark Law, Copyright Law, Computer & Internet Law, Trade Secret Law, and International Intellectual Property Law.
Throughout her legal career, Professor Sandeen has been an active member of local, state, and national bar associations. Most recently, she served as the chair of the Publications Board and IP Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. Currently she serves the IP Committee as the editor of the IP Deskbook for the Business Lawyer. In recognition of her work for the ABA, she was elected as a fellow of the ABA Foundation in 2012.