Lon Sobel, Program Director
RonNell Andersen Jones
Professor RonNell Andersen Jones is Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. A former newspaper reporter and editor, Professor Jones teaches, researches and writes on legal issues affecting the press and on the intersection between the media and the courts, with a particular focus on the U.S. Supreme Court. Her work on press issues has appeared in numerous top journals, including Michigan Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, UCLA Law Review, and Harvard Law Review Forum. A regular speaker at media law and First Amendment conferences, she served as the director of a widely cited nationwide study of the frequency and impact of subpoenas served upon newspapers and television newsrooms. Professor Jones’ scholarship also addresses emerging areas of social media law and issues of media access and government transparency. Professor Jones graduated first in her law school class and clerked for the Honorable William A. Fletcher on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and for Justice Sandra Day OíConnor on the United States Supreme Court. Prior to entering academia, she was an attorney in the appellate division of Jones Day, where her work focused on Supreme Court litigation and included major constitutional and First Amendment cases. Before joining the faculty at the University of Utah, Professor Jones was Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Research at Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School, where she was twice named Professor of the Year. As a Distinguished Faculty Fellow at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, she team-taught an annual course about the United States Supreme Court with Justice O'Connor.
Professor Henry Lydiate is a Barrister who has specialized in the law relating to visual art and design for over 25 years. He conducted a two-year research project into the legal needs of visual artists in the U.K. in the 1970’s. This led to his establishment of Artlaw Services, a free legal advice, education and training service for the art community which he served as chair, legal adviser and trainer/educator until 1984. Professor Lydiate writes a regular Artlaw column published in Art Monthly since its first issue in 1976, and his collected articles are published by Artquest at www.artquest.org.uk/artlaw. Currently a consultant specializing in visual art and design, Professor Lydiate now teaches the M.A. Arts Management course at the Ashcroft International Business School in Cambridge and the M.A. Arts Policy and Management course at Birkbeck College, University of London, and is Visiting Professor of Artlaw at the University of the Arts, London. He received his Bachelor of Laws, LLB, from University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, 1969; Barrister, Inns of Court, UK, 1974 Pupilmaster, Inns of Court, UK, 1990.
Prior to his appointment at Southwestern, Professor Ollivierra served as in-house counsel to various motion picture and television studios at the highest level of business and legal affairs. He spent the bulk of his career at Lionsgate Entertainment ("The Hunger Games," "The Divergent series," "The Twilight series," "Orange is the New Black," "Mad Men") as Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs for the studio's theatrical production division, where his responsibilities included negotiating and drafting various development and production agreements with respect to complex intellectual property and other rights and services, including but not limited to performers, directors, producers, writers, crew, location, clearance, visual effects, finance, and product placement. He subsequently served as the Executive Vice President and Head of Business and Legal Affairs for the U.S. branch of EuropaCorp, the multinational film and television studio founded by internationally-acclaimed film writer/director Luc Besson ("Lucy," "Taken," "The Transporter," "The Fifth Element," "La Femme Nikita," "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets") where he reported directly to the Presidents of U.S. Theatrical Film Production, U.S. Television Production, and Worldwide Film Acquisitions. Professor Ollivierra earned his B.A. degree in Liberal Studies from Columbia College in Chicago and his J.D. degree from Southwestern. He is a member of the California State Bar.