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Tracy Reilly

NCR Professor of Law and Technology and Director of the Program in Law and Technology

Full-Time Faculty


Email: Tracy Reilly
Phone: 937-229-4796

412 Keller Hall


Tracy Reilly teaches real property and intellectual property courses at the School of Law. Before joining the faculty in 2006, she was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago, where she worked in the areas of intellectual property, entertainment, advertising, and corporate law. She has also worked as in-house counsel for an independent record label where she specialized in international licensing transactions, at a boutique entertainment law firm in Chicago, and as a law clerk for both the Honorable Wayne R. Andersen in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Honorable Anne M. Burke in the Appellate Court of Illinois. Her clients have included Kraft, Sara Lee, Kellogg, Honeywell, Madison Dearborn Partners, United Airlines, the Chicago Sun-Times, Rand McNally, and the estates of gospel star Mahalia Jackson and Charles Stepney, producer for Earth, Wind & Fire.

As Executive Director, Professor Reilly oversees all aspects of the school’s innovative Program in Law & Technology, including organizing an annual, full-day CLE seminar, scholarly symposia, and other events on current topics in intellectual property, technology, cyberlaw, entertainment, and data privacy protection, as well as planning and participating in diverse cross-campus university events.

Professor Reilly's research interests are focused primarily in copyright and trademark law, with a particular focus on heavy metal music and digital sampling, as well as the interdisciplinary cross-sections of law with philosophy, literature, psychology, religion, and mythology. She is currently working on her M.A. in English Literature from the University of Dayton, and is a regular speaker at law and other co-disciplinary conferences.

Recent Presentations

“Sad But True”: Why Metallica’s Fans Failed Them (and Not Vice Versa) in the Wake of the Napster Lawsuit,” 4th Biennial International Society of Metal Music Studies Conference: “Locating Heavy Metal Music and Culture,” Nantes, France, June 19, 2019.

The “Count”-Less Faces of Dracula: Who Owns the Copyright in the Creature?, Second Annual International Vampire Arts & Film Festival, Sighisoara, Transylvania, Romania, May 26, 2017.

Heavy Metal in the Courtroom, Metal in Strange Places: Aural, Emotional, Tactile, Visual Conference, University of Dayton, October 20, 2016.

Courses Taught

LAW 6104 Real Property I
LAW 6400 Intellectual Property Law
LAW 6415 Copyright Law
LAW 6525 Digital Music Sampling & Copyright Infringement
LAW 6804 Real Property II
LAW 6926 Capstone: Trademark Prosecution and Practice
LAW 6971 Trademarks Unfair Competition
International Entertainment Law: DePaul College of Law Study Abroad Program (Prague, Czech Republic, Summers 2010 and 2011)


J.D., summa cum laude, Valparaiso University School of Law, 1995
B.A., cum laude, Northern Illinois University, 1990

Areas of Law

Intellectual Property
Real Property