Alfred C. Yen is a Professor of Law and Dean's Distinguished Scholar at Boston College Law School. He recently served as Associate Dean of Faculty. He is a nationally known scholar who has published numerous articles about copyright law, the Internet, sports law, Asian-American legal issues, and law teaching. He is also the author of (with Professor Joseph Liu) “Copyright: Essential Cases and Materials,” which was published by West Publishing in 2008 and will soon be in its fourth edition .
Professor Yen has also held many positions of leadership within legal education. He has served as Chair of the AALS Professional Development Committee and completed a term on the Board of Editors for the Journal of Legal Education and the Board of Governors for the Society of American Law Teachers. In 2001, the American Law Institute elected him to membership. Additionally, Professor Yen has served as chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Art Law and its Section on Minority Groups. He is presently the chair-elect for the Section on Sports Law. He organized the first, fifth, and tenth Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty, all of which were held at Boston College Law School. In 1992, Professor Yen wrote and filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court on behalf of 12 copyright scholars in the case of Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music Publishing Co. He also joined another group of copyright scholars to file an amicus brief in the case of A&M Records. Inc. v. Napster, Inc. during the summer of 2000. This year, Professor Yen will be an Invited Professor at the Universite Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne Law School and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Arizona Law School.
Professor Yen is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School. Before joining the faculty in 1987, he practiced law in Los Angeles for four years at the firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter and Hampton.