Professor Smith Appointed to Public Art Committee

Professor Cathay Smith gives a lecture at the Blackstone LaunchpadIn recognition of her expertise in intellectual property law and art law, Professor Cathay Smith was appointed to the Public Art Committee for the City of Missoula on April 25, 2016.

The Public Art Committee consists of nine members serving four-year terms. Members that serve on the committee are selected because of their expertise in historic preservation, visual arts, architecture, or affiliation with a local business association or public entity.

Professor Smith teaches intellectual property, property, and cultural property law courses at the School of Law. Prior to joining the faculty at the School of Law, Professor Smith represented multinational corporations on intellectual property issues, including litigating infringement cases in federal court, inter partes proceedings in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (TTAB), and Uniform Dispute Resolution Proceedings (UDRP) through WIPO. In addition to her litigation experience, she regularly counseled clients on issues involving trademarks, copyrights, and domain names.

The Public Art Committee is responsible for reviewing, advocating, and developing public art projects in the public domain for the City of Missoula. It develops a formal structure in which to create, develop, and maintain public art as well as further public accessibility to the arts.

Part of the committee’s mission is to develop a collection of public art that encompasses a broad aesthetic range reflecting the city and the minds of its citizens. It also aims to develop a collection that improves the quality of life in the area, that is accessible to all individuals, and that is a source of pride to all residents.

Professor Smith’s appointment to the committee coincides with her forthcoming article, Community Rights to Public Art, in the St. John’s Law Review (forthcoming Summer 2016).