Steven D. Jamar

Professor of Law

J.D., 1979, Hamline College of Law
LL.M., 1994, International and Comparative Law, Georgetown University Law Center
B.A., 1975, Carleton College


Prof. Jamar earned his JD from Hamline University School of Law in 1979 and his LLM in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University Law Center in 1994. He joined the Howard University School of Law faculty as the director of the Legal Reasoning, Research and Writing Program in 1990, a position he held until 2002. He taught at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota and the University of Baltimore School of Law in Baltimore, Maryland before coming to Howard.

At Howard Prof. Jamar has taught a variety of courses including among others Constitutional Law I & II; Copyrights; International Law of Human Rights; the International Moot Court Team course; Introduction to Intellectual Property; LRRW I & II; Drafting; Computer Law; Law and Religion; and Interviewing, Counseling, & Negotiation.

Prof. Jamar is the Associate Director for International Programs of the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice. IIPSJ was created by Prof. Mtima with assistance from Prof. Jamar in 2002 to address the relationship between intellectual property and social justice.

Prof. Jamar’s scholarly work is wide ranging, having published articles in the areas of comparative law and intellectual property, legal rhetoric, work related to Brown@50, copyright and social justice, and various human rights topics. He is currently authoring a textbook on constitutional law.  Many of his writings are available for downloading through his SSRN page at


Representative Publications

Professional Contributions

Prof. Jamar was the president of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) from January 1997 to July 1998 and served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) in 1996-1997. He was the co-chair of the ALWD Citation Manual Committee which oversaw the publication of the ALWD Citation Manual (Aspen Publishing 2000).

Professor Jamar consulted with the Law Library of Congress on its GLIN (Global Legal Information Network) project. In that effort he was one of the authors of an early version of an xml dtd for GLIN. At the 2003 GLIN Annual Meeting of member countries from throughout the world, he was the moderator of a panel on the right of access to legal information.

Between 1998 and 2002 he consulted with NASA on the ELIS (Environmental Legal Information System) project. The ELIS investigators explored the use of computer-related technology and the Internet to link environmentally-related data, including both GIS information and remote sensing data (such as satellite-generated images), to environmental treaties, laws, and regulations in order to make the information more accessible to environmental policy makers, environmental planners, and environmental law enforcement offices worldwide.

As a cofounder of the Institute of Intellectual Property and Social Justice, Prof. Jamar has contributed to various projects it has undertaken including continuing legal education seminars, an academic symposium, and various outreach programs.

Prof. Jamar worked on the Howard University commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. Prof. Jamar was a member of the Brown@50 Planning Committee and is the webmaster for the HUSL Brown@50 website.