Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

February 27, 2007
Broadcasting Pioneer and Renowned Copyright Expert each in "Conversation" at Southwestern

Pat Mitchell, President & CEO of the Museum of Television and Radio and David Nimmer, professor and copyright guru participate in two events at the law school

Southwestern's Biederman Institute will present two upcoming installments of its "A Conversation With..." series in March. The first will feature Pat Mitchell, President and CEO of the Museum of Television & Radio (MTR) on Tuesday, March 6. The second will involve David Nimmer, Of Counsel at Irell & Manella LLP on Tuesday, March 27. Both events are at 7:30 p.m.

Pat Mitchell, President and CEO of the Museum of Television & Radio (MTR)

Ms. Mitchell will partake in a discussion titled "Broadcasting in the Twenty First Century." In 2000, she was named president and chief executive officer of PBS, the first woman and journalist to hold the position. She worked at PBS for six years before taking leadership of the bicoastal MTR in March 2006.

Among her many accomplishments at PBS, Ms. Mitchell is credited with rejuvenating the National Program Service, which is distributed to the public through 348 locally owned and operated member stations, and leading public broadcasting into the digital future with several high-tech initiatives. She continues to serve as Senior Advisor to the PBS Foundation.

Recognized as one of the most influential female executives in the media, Ms. Mitchell has flourished throughout a three-decade career.  Prior to PBS, she worked for several broadcast networks and cable channels, in a variety of positions including: reporter, news anchor, talk show host, White House and special correspondent, producer, and executive.  In the mid-1980s, she established her own independent production company that produced documentaries, series, and specials for broadcast, cable, and national syndication.  In 1992, Mitchell became an executive in charge of original productions for Ted Turner's cable networks.  During the nexteight years, as executive producer, her documentaries and specials received 37 Emmy Awards, five Peabody Awards, and two Academy Award nominations.

David Nimmer, Of Counsel at Irell & Manella LLP

Professor David Nimmer, also a visiting professor at UCLA Law School and Distinguished Scholar at Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, will participate in a discussion titled: "Patently Misguided: A Direct Analysis of Copyright's Indirect Liability."

In 2000, Professor Nimmer was elected to the American Law Institute. Selected as one of Southern California's "Super Lawyers" by Los Angeles Magazine in 2006, Professor Nimmer has been named in The Best Lawyers in America for more than 10 years. He represents clients in the entertainment, publishing, and high-technology field and gave congressional testimony on behalf of the United States Telephone Association in 1997 and the National Association of Broadcasters in 1992. Professor Nimmer also served as the Chairman on the Committee on Intellectual Properties Litigation for the American Bar Association from 1989-1992.

Since 1985, he has updated and revised Nimmer on Copyright, the standard reference treatise in the field, first published in 1963 by his late father, Professor Melville B. Nimmer. In 2003, Kluwer International published an anthology of his articles under the title Copyright: Sacred Text, Technology and the DMCA. Professor Nimmer's most recent article "Promises! Promises!" was published in the Harvard Law Review Forum

These free events at Southwestern each offer one unit of CLE credit and will be held in the law school's Bullocks Wilshire Building at 3050 Wilshire Boulevard. Reservations are requested and can be made by calling the Institute Office at (213) 738-6602 or emailing Campus parking is available for $6; media representatives are invited to call the Public Information Office at (213) 738-6731 to arrange free parking. For more information or directions to campus, click here.