Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

August 20, 2009
Southwestern Selects First Biederman Scholars

In an effort to recognize excellence in academic achievement, and encourage and facilitate future career success, the Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute established a new program to help expand opportunities for entertainment lawyers. Based on a concept developed by the Biederman Institute faculty, the newly-established Biederman Scholars Program will select approximately three students each year and provide them with mentoring opportunities, as well as special externships and placements in entertainment law firms.

"It's a new program and still under development," said Professor David Kohler, Director of the Biederman Institute, "But the underlying purpose is to identify some of our most promising students who are into entertainment law to provide them with an honor and have our executive board both mentor them and guide them in finding positions after law school."

The first three Biederman Scholars - third-year day student Anna Cronk and second-year day students Kerrigan Hennings and Timothy Meade - served in externships for 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate and the Independent Film and TV Alliance, respectively. They were selected based on their academic achievement and Biederman faculty recommendations.

As proposed to the Executive Committee of the Institute's Advisory Board, in order to be considered as a Biederman Scholar, students must be in the top 10% of their class and have a demonstrated interest in entertainment law. Biederman Institute faculty select qualified students for recommendation to the executive board for the Biederman Scholar honor. First-year students who are serious about entertainment law are expected to enroll in the Spring semester Copyright class, according to Professor Robert Lind. Another requirement is to have the kind of personality that would fit within the entertainment community: they should be fairly easygoing, personable, and someone who can hold up their end of a conversation. Professor Lind explained the program's goal: "The ultimate hope is that this opportunity will assist some of our best students in getting placed in great positions with entertainment law firms and studios."