Shontavia Johnson Profile

Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law

Director of the Intellectual Property Law Center

Professor of Law


Areas of Expertise

Intellectual Property, Entrepreneurship, Property, Entertainment Law


JD – University of Arkansas School of Law, cum laude
BS – Clemson University

Professional Experience

Drake Law School professor since 2010
Westerfield Fellow at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
Intellectual Property Associate at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
Judicial extern for The Hon. Jimm Larry Hendren of the District Court for the Western District of Arkansas

Selected Publications

  • Trademark Territoriality in Cyberspace: An Internet Framework for Common Law Trademarks, 29 Berkeley Technology Law Review 1253 (2015). (First-place winner, 2014 International Trademark Association Ladas Memorial Award)
  • Memetic Theory, Trademarks & The Viral Meme Mark, 13 John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law 96 (2013). (Third-place winner, 2014 International Trademark Association Ladas Memorial Award)
  • Peremptory Challenges: Striking Down Discrimination In Arkansas’s Jury Selection Process, 59 Arkansas Law Review 93 (2006).

Significant Accomplishments

  • Inspiring Women in STEM Award, INSIGHT Into Diversity (2016)
  • Fulbright Specialist Roster Candidate, designated by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education Council for International Exchange of Scholars (2016)
  • A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. Fellowship, American Arbitration Association (2016)
  • The National Black Lawyers Top 100 Designation (2016)
  • Gertrude Rush Award, Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys (2014)

Additional Information

Shontavia Johnson Curriculum Vitae

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October 23, 2017
Four Drake Law 1L students argued before the Iowa Court of Appeals during the final round of the C. Edwin Moore Competition, a voluntary oral advocacy competition offered to all first-year students.