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Susanna Frederick Fischer

Susanna Frederick Fischer has practiced law on both sides of the Atlantic, as a New York attorney and an English barrister. Her primary areas of practice and her main research interests are copyright law, art law, media law, cyberlaw, and constitutional law, from a comparative law perspective.

Professor Fischer received her legal education at Merton College, University of Oxford, where she received a B.A. in jurisprudence, and the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was awarded the LL.M. degree.  She also studied at Princeton University, where she earned an A.B. in history, magna cum laude. 

She practiced for five years as a barrister in London, England, at 5 Raymond Buildings (currently headed by Desmond Browne QC and Mark Warby QC).  She represented clients before all levels of English courts and tribunals, including the House of Lords.  In London, she also worked part-time as a Night Lawyer providing pre-publication legal advice for News International plc, the publishers of The Times, The Sunday Times, and the Sun.  She also taught Contracts at London Guildhall University. She later spent three years practicing intellectual property law as an associate at two New York City law firms, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP.

Professor Fischer joined the faculty of Columbus School of Law in 1999, where she teaches or has taught copyright, art law, introduction to intellectual property law, international intellectual property law, constitutional law, comparative law, comparative constitutional law, and civil procedure.  She has taught courses on intellectual property law in Krakow, Poland, for the American Law Program jointly run by the Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America and the Jagiellonian University, as well as for the summer program in International Business and Trade held at the Jagiellonian University. She has also taught a summer course at the University of Lisbon in Portugal. 

She served as the native language consultant for a translation of the Polish Civil Code into English, published by Wolters Kluwer Polska in 2012.             


Research and Writing

Professor Fischer has published book chapters and articles in legal journals, including:

"Rights of publicity and visual arts in U.S. Law: Finding the right approach," in Justyna Balcarczyk, ed., Rights of Publicity in the XXI Century, New Values, New Rules, New Technologies (Wolters Kluwer, 2012)

"Threatening the Founding Ideal of a Republic of Letters: An Assessment of the Supreme Court’s Copyright Decisions Over the First Decade of the Twenty-First Century," 5 Akron Intellectual Property Law Journal 205 (2011) 

"International Cyberlaw," in Hossein Bidgoli, ed., 2 The Handbook of Technology Management, (Wiley 2010). 

"Catholic Social Teaching, the Rule of Law, and Copyright Protection," 4 Journal of Law, Philosophy and Culture 63 (2009) 

"The Law Supporting Technological Protection for Copyrighted Works: An American Perspective," in Dario Moura Vicente, ed., 1 Direito Comparado Perspectivas Luso-Americanas/Comparative Law: Portuguese-American Perspectives (Almedina, Coimbra, Portugal, 2006) 

"Between Scylla and Charybdis: The Disagreement Among the Federal Circuits Over Whether Federal Law Criminalizing the Intrastate Possession of Child Pornography Violates the Commerce Clause," 10 Nexus: A Journal of Opinion 99 (2005). 

"Playing Poohsticks with the British Constitution? The Blair Government’s Proposal to Abolish the Lord Chancellor," 24 Penn State International Law Review 257 (Fall, 2005) 

"Dick Whittington and Creativity: From Trade to Folklore, from Folklore to Trade," 12 Texas Wesleyan Law Review 5 (Fall, 2005) 

"Internet Gambling," in Hossein Bidgoli, ed., 2 The Handbook of Information Security (Wiley, 2005) 

"Crusading Against the Dinosaurs: A Review of The Future of Ideas, by Lawrence Lessig," 10 CommLaw Conspectus 251 (2002) 

"The Global Digital Divide: Focusing on Children," 24 Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal 477 (Summer, 2002) 

"Rethinking Sullivan: New Approaches in Australia, New Zealand, and England," 34 George Washington International Law Review 101 (2002)

In Her Words ...

"Being a good lawyer is all about exercising good judgment. I use the Socratic Method to help my students develop sound judgment and practical reasoning.  Each class is a shared dialogue in which all participants seek to advance learning by asking and answering questions."

– Susanna Frederick Fischer



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Areas of Expertise

  • Copyright Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Art Law
  • Media Law
  • Cyberlaw


  • Associate, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (New York); Associate, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP (New York)
  • Barrister, 5 Raymond Buildings, Chambers now headed by Desmond Browne QC and Mark Warby QC (London)
  • Night Lawyer, News International plc (London)
  • Part-time Lecturer, London Guildhall University (London)