Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

Professor Lind to Direct Biederman Institute November 17, 2009
Professor Lind to Direct Biederman Institute

Professor Robert C. Lind, who initiated some of the earliest entertainment law courses at Southwestern when he joined the faculty in 1981, will be taking over as Director of the Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute, effective immediately. He is expected to serve in this capacity at least through the end of the current academic year. For the past six years, the Institute had been directed by Professor David Kohler who passed away in October.

In announcing the appointment, Dean Bryant Garth said, "Professor Lind's service to the Institute has been extraordinary for many years, and we are very fortunate that he has agreed to take over the reins at this time of need in the Institute's history." 

A highly respected authority on entertainment and media law, Professor Lind is the author or co-author of widely used casebooks and treatises on entertainment law, art law, museum law, and newsgathering, as well as copyright and trademark law. He is frequently asked to speak on these topics by the intellectual property, entertainment and media law sections of the American Bar Association, California State Bar, Los Angeles County and Beverly Hills Bar Associations and law schools around the country. He also serves as a consultant to museums and other nonprofit arts organizations, motion picture studios, record companies, music publishers, advertising agencies, and the news media.

Professor Lind began his career as a consultant to the American Law Institute-American Bar Association, and the American Association of Museums in Washington, D.C. For the past 28 years, he has served on the faculty at Southwestern where he was instrumental in establishing an entertainment and media law curriculum unmatched by any other law school, including the most extensive entertainment externship program in the country. His courses include Advanced Copyright Law Seminar, Advanced Entertainment Law Seminar, Copyright Law, Entertainment Law, Entertainment Law (Capstone), Mass Media Law, Museum and Art Law Seminar, Television Production Law, Torts, and Trademark Law.

Over the years, Professor Lind has helped develop an extensive influential network of Southwestern's entertainment and media law alumni that has resulted in the placement of numerous graduates throughout the industry. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the law school, he was honored as the Rosenberg Professor of Law in 2001, and as the Treusch Professor of Law in 2005. In 2006, he was honored with the Upper Division Professor Excellence in Teaching Award, and in 2008, the Southwestern Alumni Association named him Outstanding Friend. He was also recognized by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction as a CALI Trademark Fellow and CALI Copyright Fellow.

Professor Lind received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota and his J.D. and LL.M. degrees (with highest honors) from George Washington University. He is a member of the California State and District of Columbia Bars.