James B. LevyAssociate Professor of Law
EducationB.A., Colby College, 1982
J.D., Suffolk University School of Law, 1986
"KNOWLEDGE IS GOOD."
Areas of Interest
- Art Law
- Law and Technology
- Law School Pedagogy
- Legal Research and Writing
Professor Levy joined the Law Center faculty in 2003. Prior to that, he taught legal research and writing at the University of Colorado School of Law in Boulder and spent several summers teaching legal skills courses at William S. Boyd School of Law (UNLV) in Las Vegas. Professor Levy has been very active in national organizations devoted to the teaching of legal research, writing and practical skills training. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute and was Chair of the Teaching Methods Section of the Association of American Law Schools ("AALS"). He served on the Board of Editors of The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute and was Editor-in-Chief from 2006 to 2008 with responsibility for publishing Volumes 12, 13 and 14. He successfully negotiated an agreement with LexisNexis to publish and distribute the Journal free of charge to the LRW community. Professor Levy currently serves on the Board of Editors of Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing.
In 2010, Professor Levy founded the Legal Skills Prof Blog which is part of the Law Prof Blog network begun by TaxProf Blog editor Professor Paul Caron and Joe Hodnicki. In 2013, it was named the “Best Law Professor Blog” by Dennis Kennedy's 10th Annual Blawggie Awards. Prior to starting the Legal Skills Prof Blog, Professor Levy was an assistant editor for the Adjunct Law Prof Blog, the Law Librarian Blog and the Legal Writing Prof Blog.
Professor Levy has spoken at many conferences around the country on topics related to legal research and writing pedagogy and has published numerous articles on those subjects as well.
Prior to teaching, Professor Levy practiced law for ten years as a litigation associate with Ropes & Gray in Boston, Massachusetts and as in-house counsel with the FDIC.
Besides legal research and writing, Professor Levy's other teaching interests include Art Law (with an emphasis on IP), Cyberlaw and Ecommerce. Outside the classroom, he is an avid music and retro culture fan. In 2009 he helped organize an art show and exhibit of vintage Japanese monster (“kaiju”) toys at the South Florida Art Center in connection with Art Basel Miami Beach. Due to the positive response, in 2010 the Morikami Museum in Delray Beach hosted a related exhibit called “Kaiju: The History and Art of Japanese Toys.” Professor Levy also loves Dachshunds.