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.”


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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