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Meet the Faculty: Mark Fenster

Published: January 12th, 2004

Category: News Briefs

View on the Profession

“A legal education and a J.D. provide a great entry into all kinds of interesting careers, from legal practice (in its nearly infinite varieties) to politics, policy-making, business, and, worst-case scenario, talk-show hosting. I hope students treat their careers like they treat their upper-division course selection: Do what you need to do, but also try to do both what you want and what’s meaningful to you to the extent possible. There are jobs that are merely jobs; but there’s work out there that can make the significant part of your waking life that you have to devote to it worthwhile and, hopefully, fun.”

Education

J.D., Yale Law School; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Institute of Communications Research; M.A., University of Texas at Austin, Department of Radio/ Television/Film; B.A., University of Virginia.

E xpertise/Background

Expertise in Property, Land Use, Administrative Law, and Legal and Cultural Theory. Former Yale Law School teaching assistant (Civil Procedure); conference coordinator; editor, Yale Law Journal; and symposium editor, Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities. Also served as visiting lecturer, Indiana University, Department of Telecommunications; and assistant professor, Shenandoah University, Department of Mass Communications. Former Environmental and Land Use Law fellow, Shute Mihaly & Weinberger, San Francisco; and judicial clerk for Judge Carlos Lucero, 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Admitted to practice in New York and California.

What You May Not Know

“I played in a band in high school with three guitarists and a trumpet player. Among others, we did songs by Molly Hatchet and the Velvet Underground.”

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