Elected Member

Professor James Y. Stern

Williamsburg, VA
William & Mary Law School
Harvard College, A.B.
University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.

James Y. Stern joined the William & Mary faculty in 2013. His scholarship centers on property and private law theory and on intellectual property, privacy, and related issues. His articles have been published in leading legal journals including the California Law Review, the Harvard Law Review, and the Michigan Law Review, and have been cited by various courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

At William & Mary, he has taught Intellectual Property, Property, and Torts, as well as advanced seminars and reading groups on topics such as cryptocurrency law and policy and music licensing. He is a recipient of the Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowship from the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property and the Temple Bar Scholarship from the American Inns of Court Foundation, as well as the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Rockefeller Award for the Advancement of Scholarship and the Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence at William & Mary.

Professor Stern currently serves as Reporter of Civil Decisions for the Court of Appeals of Virginia.  Professor Stern previously served as Deputy General Counsel at the United States Department of the Treasury. In that capacity, he oversaw major Treasury Department litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal courts, worked on national security issues including international sanctions programs and review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), helped spearhead the development of cryptocurrency regulations and related measures involving oversight of financial institutions, and was involved in a wide range of domestic and international tax policy matters. In addition, he played a major role in the establishment of various Treasury Department programs implemented in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, totaling more than one trillion dollars. In recognition of his efforts, he was awarded the Treasury Department’s Distinguished Service Award by the Secretary of the Treasury.

Professor Stern received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia, where he was elected to the order of the Coif and was awarded the Traynor Prize for the best paper by a graduating student. He subsequently clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and for Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Professor Stern has participated in litigation involving intellectual property and other matters in various capacities. He is a member of the Virginia and Washington, D.C., bars, as well as an honorary member of the London’s Commercial Bar Association.

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Areas of Expertise
Tort Law
Copyrights (Intellectual Property)
Intellectual Property
Trademarks (Intellectual Property)
Trade Secrets (Intellectual Property)
Patents (Intellectual Property)
Conflict of Laws
Property Law (Real Property)
Private Law