Elizabeth Townsend Gard

Elizabeth Townsend-Gard

John E. Koerner Endowed Professor of Law Elizabeth Townsend-Gard's philosophy combines theory and doctrine with immersive practice, both inside and outside of the classroom. For the last decade, she has worked with students to teach them the skills needed to be successful in both a law practice as well as in the entrepreneurial world for the 21st century. She has co-written a two-volume casebook, “IP: Doctrine and Application in Two Volumes,” which reflects her teaching philosophy. Townsend-Gard is the co-inventor and director of the Durationator®, a software system that aims to determine the worldwide copyright status of every kind of cultural work. Townsend-Gard is also the host of “Just Wanna Quilt,” a research podcast focused on quilting, entrepreneurship and copyright. Townsend-Gard has held a number of fellowships associated with entrepreneurship including stints at Idea Village, Propeller, the Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Tulane, and she was a Social Entrepreneurship fellow (the Jill H. and Avram A. Glazer Professor of Entrepreneurship) for five years. She has also been granted research awards from Tulane University, technology transfer and the Provost to support her entrepreneurial work, along with the Verkuil Faculty Research Fund at Tulane Law School. Townsend-Gard earned a PhD in European History from UCLA, and a JD/LLM in International Trade from the University of Arizona, specializing in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). She is regularly interviewed by newspapers and other media for her expertise on copyright and entrepreneurship, and now even mask making. And every night, she quilts.