Nancy A. Costello
Professor Costello teaches Research, Writing and Advocacy from an Intellectual Property Law Perspective and has also taught Copyright Law, Intellectual Property in the Internet Age, and Media Law at MSU College of Law. Before joining the law school she practiced in the area of commercial litigation, defamation law, ebusiness law and collections litigation for the law firm of Dickinson Wright PLLC in Detroit. She received her bachelor's degree in journalism from Michigan State University, and earned her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law where she served as an editor of the Law Review and president of the Women's Law Caucus.
Before becoming an attorney, Professor Costello worked for 15 years as a journalist writing for the Detroit Free Press, the Associated Press, the Harvard University News Office, and news organizations in Seattle, Massachusetts, Ohio and New Hampshire. As a newspaper reporter she covered the Michigan state Legislature, former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer, Dr. Jack Kevorkian's assisted suicides, the assimilation of Southeast Asian refugees, 'Northern Exposure' doctors in the Alaskan outback, and the advent of Gorbachev's 'Perestroika' in the former Soviet Union.
J.D. University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, 1999; B.A. Michigan State University, 1981
- Media Law
(Formerly DCL 301) This class will focus on free press/free speech issues and the mass media. Subjects will include the 1st Amendment rights of reporters in print, broadcast and online journalism, as well as news gatherers' privilege, obscenity issues, and freedom of information and open meetings laws. Students will examine defamation claims involving media defendants, copyright issues facing journalists, as well privacy torts such as false light and appropriation claims. The class will also study the ethical and professional considerations of journalists.
- Research, Writing and Advocacy II
(Formerly DCL 152) (This course is being replaced by Advocacy LAW530J beginning fall 2011) Students learn the art of persuasive argumentation by drafting a 30-page appellate brief on a topical legal issue, complying with appellate court rules and then presenting a simulated oral argument to members of the bench. During the semester, students also attend appellate arguments or trial court motion sessions and prepare brief synopses of cases heard. Successful completion of RWA I is a prerequisite to enrollment in RWA II.
Law Review Articles
Walking Together in a Good Way; Indian Peacemaker Courts in Michigan, Spring University of Detroit Mercy Law Review (1999)
Allocating Blame to the Empty Chair: Tort Reform or Deform? Winter University of Detroit Mercy Law Review (1999)
Transforming the Way We Work and Play: The Future of eBusiness, Michigan Forward magazine (February 2002)
Who’s Minding Your Ideas? Protecting Your Intellectual Property, eViewpoint (Summer 2000)