Curriculum Vitae

  • Associate Dean, Faculty Research and Development
  • Professor, College Of Law
  • Associate Professor, College Of Law



  • Bachelor of Science 1996, TULANE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA
  • Master of Science 1997, TULANE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA
  • Juris Doctor 2002, UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

Honors & Awards

  • Peter W. Billings Excellence in Teaching Award. S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, 05/2015
  • Teaching Grant. University of Utah, 12/2014
  • Early Faculty Teaching Award. S. J. Quinney College of Law, 05/2014
  • "Future Star" in Louisiana. Benchmark Litigation, 01/2009


Professor Rinehart joined the faculty in 2010 following two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Florida State University. Prior to entering the legal academy, she practiced law for several years at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe L.L.P. in New York, and Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrère & Denègre L.L.P. in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she specialized in intellectual property litigation, procurement, and counseling. Professor Rinehart is a registered patent attorney and her scholarship focuses on patent law and theory.

Professor Rinehart received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 2002. She received a Master of Science in biomedical engineering from Tulane University in 1997, and a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering, summa cum laude, with Departmental Honors from Tulane University in 1996. Prior to attending law school, Professor Rinehart worked as an engineer at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Professor Rinehart teaches Contracts, Patent Law, Intellectual Property Survey and Intellectual Property Workshop.


  • Board of Directors, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge , Former Member, 09/2006 - 09/2008
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office , Registered Patent Attorney (No. 58,198), 12/2005 - present
  • American Bar Association , Section of Intellectual Property Law, 05/2003 - present

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Licensed in New York (active) and Louisiana (inactive).