Tom W. Bell

Prof. Tom W. Bell teaches at Chapman University School of Law, where he specializes in intellectual property and high-tech law. He received his JD from the University of Chicago Law School in 1993, where he served both as a member of the University of Chicago Law Review and as Articles Editor and cofounder of the University of Chicago Legal Roundtable. After graduating from law school, Prof. Bell practiced at the Silicon Valley law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He entered teaching in 1995, when he joined the Law and Technology Program at the University of Dayton School of Law. After teaching at that school, and just prior to joining the Chapman faculty, he served as Director of Telecommunications and Technology Studies at the Cato Institute.

In addition to writing a steady stream of scholarly works, Professor Bell has appeared on or been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Los Angeles Times, and many other news sources. He co-blogs at Agoraphilia, Technology Liberation Front, Midas Oracle, MoneyLaw, and College Life OC. He has posted a draft of his book Intellectual Privilege: Copyright, Common Law, and the Common Good. You can find his homepage at