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Jon M. Garon, Professor of Law

Jon Garon, Professor of Law
Director, Goodwin Program for Society, Technology, and the Law
(954) 262-6161


  • J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1988

Jon M. Garon is Professor of Law and Director, Goodwin Program for Society, Technology, and the Law at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law. Professor Garon is a nationally recognized authority on technology law and intellectual property, particularly copyright law, entertainment and information privacy. A Minnesota native, he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota in 1985 and his juris doctor degree from Columbia University School of Law in 1988.

Garon served as Dean of the Shepard Broad College of Law from 2014-2020, focusing on projects that included new degrees for LL.M., M.S. in Law & Policy, and B.S. in Paralegal Studies; two new clinics – the Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Law Clinic and the Sharon and Mitchell W. Berger Entrepreneur Law Clinic; and numerous new programs including the Legal Launchpad and Legal Incubator program, the Intellectual Property, Cybersecurity and Technology Law Program, and the Honors Program.

Prior to joining Nova Southeastern University in 2014, Garon was the inaugural director of the Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Law + Informatics Institute from 2011-2014. The Law + Informatics Institute serves to integrate the specialized programming on technology and information systems as they apply across legal disciplines. A tenured member of the law faculty, Garon taught Information Privacy Law, Cyberspace Law, Copyright Law, Entertainment Law, and related courses.

Garon served as dean and professor of law at Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He was professor of law from 2003 to 2011, dean of the Law School from 2003 to 2008 and Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Management from 2005 to 2006. Before Hamline, Garon taught Entertainment Law and Copyright at Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire and Western State University College of Law in Orange County, California.

Among his numerous accomplishments, Garon has held key leadership positions as past chair of both the American Bar Association’s Law School Administration Committee, the Association of American Law Schools Section on Part-Time Legal Education, and the Online Education Committee of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools. His teaching and scholarship often focus on business innovation and structural change to media, education and content-based industries.

He has published over 50 books, book chapters, and academic articles. His books include his debut novel Burn Rate (2019) and nonfiction works The Entrepreneur’s Intellectual Property & Business Handbook (2d. Ed. Manegiere Publications 2018); The Pop Culture Business Handbook for Cons and Festivals (Manegiere Publications 2017); The Independent Filmmaker’s Law & Business Guide to Financing, Shooting, and Distributing Independent and Digital Films (A Cappella Books, 2d Ed. 2009); and Entertainment Law & Practice (3d Ed. Forthcoming 2020 Carolina Academic Press). His upcoming works include A Short and Happy Guide to Privacy and Cybersecurity Law (2021 West Academic) and Law Professor’s Desk Reference (2021 Carolina Academic Press).

Areas of Interest

  • Art Law
  • Bar Passage
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Copyright Law
  • Defamation
  • Entertainment Law
  • Freedom of Religion
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Privacy Law
  • Theater Law
  • Trademark Law

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