Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

October 19, 2010
2010-2011 Biederman Scholars Announced

Last year, in an effort to recognize excellence in academic achievement, and encourage and facilitate career success, the Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute established a new program to help expand opportunities for promising future entertainment lawyers. Based on a concept developed by the Biederman Institute faculty, the Biederman Scholars Program selects up to three students each year to actively participate in a variety of initiatives and programs. The 2010-2011 Biederman Scholars are Danny Kohler, Michael Schroeder and Jennifer Seigle.

"We are pleased to add Danny, Jennifer and Michael to the Biederman Scholar ranks," said Professor Steve Krone, Director of the Biederman Institute. "This distinction is an acknowledgement of their outstanding achievements at Southwestern and a strong statement about their promise as aspiring entertainment and media lawyers."

As Biederman scholars, they will join inaugural scholars Kerrigan Hennings and Timothy Meade in a variety of Institute initiatives, including an industry mentor program, behind-the-scenes participation in Biederman Institute programs such as the "A Conversation with..." series, and priority placement in entertainment and media company externships and law firm practicums. The Biederman Scholars will also participate in developing new Biederman Institute programs such as an entertainment and media law blog, an awards dinner to honor outstanding members of the Southwestern entertainment and media law community, a new summer international program in India, and an Entertainment and the Arts Legal Aid Clinic.

Schroeder, a finalist brief writer in Southwestern's 2010 Intramural Moot Court Competition and a member of Law Review, has a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern University and recently served as a research intern to Professor Robert Lind. Prior to attending Southwestern, he was an advertising sales account executive with PIC Media Group.

Seigle, who won Best Overall Oralist, First Place Oralist and Top 16 Brief Writer in the 2010 Intramural Moot Court Competition, is a member of Law Review and the Moot Court Honors Program. She has served as a legal extern for the TV Guide Network, and prior to attending law school, she taught courses in dance and dance history at UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara City College and Long Beach City College. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Performance/Choreography from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor of Arts in Theater History from California State University, Northridge.

Kohler earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the Pratt Institute. He is a member of Law Review and has served as a legal intern in theatrical clearance and permissions for Warner Bros. Entertainment. Prior to attending Southwestern, he spent four years as a production manager with Hawthorn, Inc. Design and Construction.  

"I am excited to be working closely with Professor Krone and the Biederman faculty," Kohler said.  "It is an honor to be selected as a Biederman Scholar. This award is particularly meaningful to me because until last year, my father was the director of the Biederman Institute (the late Professor David Kohler). He was very fond of the Institute and worked hard to contribute to its progress. I think my being selected as a Biederman Scholar would have made him very proud."

The candidates were identified by consensus among the Biederman Institute faculty, nominated by the Biederman Institute director, and approved by the Institute's executive 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. First-year students with a strong interest in entertainment and media law are encouraged to enroll in Copyright Law as their spring semester elective.