The law school community is mourning the death of Ed Hookstratten, 83, famed showbiz attorney. He was a 30-year member of the Southwestern Board of Trustees and died Jan. 22. Storied career of the Class of '57 member included representing some of the most prominent celebrities, sports figures and sports teams in the world.
Five students have been
chosen as the 2013-14 Biederman Entertainment Law Scholars.They will participate in various Institute initiatives as part the program to help expand opportunities for promising entertainment lawyers of the future.
Say Aloha! to intersession study of Entertainment Law with the law school's Hawaiian winter cruise program. Spaces will fill fast for the educational voyage, departing San Pedro on Dec. 20, visiting four islands and returning Jan. 4 with an array of classes and fun en route.
The school's halls teemed with with teams from across the country as the annual Entertainment Law Negotiation Competition undertook its novel legal jousting. Teams from Texas A&M (No. 1), UC Hastings (Nos. 2 and 4) and Chapman (No. 3) triumphed, taking home trophies. Launched by Prof. Cristina C. Knowlton and Associate Dean H. Nyree Gray the competition is the first and only of its kind focused on Entertainment Law issues and allowing students to practice advocacy skills before more than three dozen distinguished judges. Nineteen institutions, including the UCs Berkeley, Davis and Hastings fielded teams. The finals were Oct. 5.
Independent filmmakers and Southwestern students both benefit in the Entertainment Production Practicum,which provides hands-on assistance with the myriad legal issues involved in cinematic creations. Hand-picked students help indies overcome all manner of legal challenges, working with Prof. Jay Gendron (left) and Prof. Steven Krone, the Biederman Institute's Director.
New student residences have transformed our urban campus, offering 133 stylish, affordable units steps away from the law school, its library and other facilities. Plus the $22.7 million dorms offer safe, quality living in heart of bustling neighborhood, central to rich city life in LA.
London called this summer for law students studying International Entertainment and Media Law. They also enjoyed sights, life in the historic city.
Esteemed British, Argentine and Canadian scholars have taken to the pages of the Journal of International Entertainment and Media Law to tackle artists' rights, government crackdowns on the media and copyright issues connected with mashups. It's the first time all the authors of an edition of the notable journal from Southwestern Law all have been overseas, says Prof. Michael Epstein, supervising editor.
Epstein and the law school also are making news with the launch of a first of its kind, outreach amicus project allowing Southwestern students to gain practical experience by preparing "friend of the court" briefs in select cases in which they are needed, pertinent.
Hollywood's paying attention to Adjunct Professor James Gladstone, executive vice president, business and legal affairs, Lionsgate Entertainment Corp., for his new book on Greg Bautzer, whom he calls 'Tinseltown's Most Powerful Lawyer.' Bautzer, co-founded one of the town's first big Entertainment Law firms, and, as an industry powerbroker, built a star-studded list of clients and paramours.
Susan Westerberg Prager, a trailblazer in legal education, has been appointed Dean and Chief Executive Officer of the law school -- the first woman to hold those posts in the institution's 100-plus-year history
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We wish to thank these individuals for their support:
Bryant Garth, Dean Emeritus; Austen Parrish, Professor of Law, Interim Dean and CEO; Molly Selvin, Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Programs; Leslie Steinberg, Associate Dean for Public Affairs; Steven G. Krone, director, Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute; Zack Levine, Esq., Wolk & Levine LLP; Vickie Spang, chief marketing officer, Sheppard Mullin Richter and Hampton; Kevin Roderick, founder, editor, publisher LAObserved; Vikki Porter, director, Knight Digital Media Center; Carol J. Williams, columnist, Los Angeles Times; Michelle Sherman, Esq, senior corporate counsel-litigation, Farmers Insurance; Jesus Sanchez, blogger, editor, founder, The Eastsider.
This site is an academic activity of law students at the Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute. Founded in 2000, the Institute takes full educational advantage of Southwestern Law School's location in Los Angeles and its long history with and deep connections to the entertainment industry.