If your house were on fire, would you search the internet to figure out how to put out the flames? Of course not! Same with legal advice. The views I express on this site are mine alone. Nothing on this site is intended as, or constitutes, legal advice. If you have a legal problem, please consult an attorney.

About the site.

digital garbage v2.0 (formerly The Digital Garbage Net) is a blog about the intersection of information and law, technology, and culture, published by Professor Ira Steven Nathenson. It’s also about legal education. Sometimes it’s about other stuff, too.

About me.

I’m a law professor at St. Thomas University School of Law in sunny south Florida. I got my B.A. in Philosophy and English from the University of Pittsburgh, and my J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where I was Editor-in-Chief of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review. Subsequent to graduation, I served as a law clerk to the Hon. D. Michael Fisher and Hon. Joseph F. Weis of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and practiced in the Intellectual Property and Copyright and Trademark practice groups at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP (now K&L Gates LLP). Prior to joining the faculty of St. Thomas University School of Law, I taught at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law. Outside the ivy-covered (or in South Florida, stucco-covered) walls of academia, I publish this blog, digital garbage, post to Twitter, and enjoy photography.


My scholarship explores the role that technology plays in the creation, dissemination, and retrieval of information. That’s pretty narrow, right? I’ve written on a bunch of disparate things such as private enforcement, technological enforcement, digital due process, feedback loops, “super-intermediaries,” and am currently exploring the ties between technology and authoritarianism. I kinda think that all of this might become a cool book.

My writings have been published in lots of places, such as the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, University of Pittsburgh Law Review, University of Louisville Law Review, Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law JournalOhio Northern University Law Review, Intercultural Human Rights Law Review,  Journal of Comparative & International Law, and Akron Intellectual Property Journal. My articles and other materials can also be found at SSRN or Bepress. You can also find them at fine pay-per-view outlets such as WestLaw, Lexis, and HeinOnline (but not HBO, unfortunately).


I teach courses in lots of things. It’s a bigly list and includes:

  • Cyberlaw
  • Intellectual Property
  • Copyright
  • Trademark
  • Innovations (patents and trade secrets)
  • Civil Procedure

I like teaching using experiential methods such as simulations and role-playing. Check out my scholarship, you’ll see. Or check out my syllabi at Nathenson.org. You’ll see there, too.

I was honored to be selected as 1L Professor of the Year by the students and SBA at St. Thomas.  That was very cool.

My website at Nathenson.org is pretty extensive. To my knowledge no other law professor in the world has a website so detailed. There you’ll find hundreds (way over 300) pages of stuff, including handouts, problem sets, flowcharts, and more. Mucho Civ Pro stuff, as well as a lot of Cyberlaw and IP materials.

You might also wanna check out my YouTube channel. It’s got roughly 80 review, screencast, and skills videos on various civ pro topics and has been viewed way over 1,000,000 minutes.

Contact information:

Ira Steven Nathenson
Professor of Law
Director, Certificate in Intellectual Property (IPL @ STU)
St. Thomas University School of Law
16401 NW 37th Avenue
Miami Gardens, FL 33054
phone: 305-474-2454
email: inathenson at stu dot edu

Updated June 26, 2017