2011-12 Biederman Scholars Selected
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 the Biederman Scholars program to help expand opportunities for promising future entertainment lawyers. This year, four outstanding students were selected to actively participate in a variety of initiatives and programs. The 2011-2012 Biederman Scholars are Dora Clements, Grace Clements, Mark Humphrey and Ryan Powers.
"Dora, Grace, Mark and Ryan were selected from among an extraordinarily talented group of Southwestern students," said Professor Steve Krone, Director of the Biederman Institute. "Each of them combines outstanding academic credentials, a rich and interesting background and a fabulous work ethic. They have consistently excelled, and I expect great things of them in the future."
As Biederman scholars, they will participate 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 further 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.
Despite the fact that Dora Clements (second-year SCALE student) has excelled in trial advocacy, winning the 2011 Bonnelli Trial Competition and serving as Academic Chair of the Trial Advocacy Honors Program (TAHP), her primary interest is in contracts and copyright law, and she plans to work in television production law. She has served as a Rights Group Intern at NBCUniversal and as a Research Assistant to Professor Christine Lorillard. She earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of New England.
"I moved from Maine to Los Angeles because I knew that I wanted to pursue entertainment law and that Los Angeles was the only place to do that," she explained. "After researching different Southern California schools it became clear to me that Southwestern had made a commitment, through the Biederman Institute, to helping their students break into the field and to really create a curriculum that prepares students for such a unique area of the law. In short, I believe in Southwestern and the Biederman Institute's method and dedication to their students and their ability to help get me to where I want to go."
Grace Clements (second-year day student) has an impressive and extensive background in media production that includes working as a Segment Producer and Pre-Production Supervisor for "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and as a Producer, Post-Production Supervisor and Production Coordinator for "Saturday Night Live." She also spent 10 years producing events and videos for diverse corporate clients. A member of Southwestern Law Review and the Moot Court Honors Program, she worked as a Summer Law Clerk for Business Affairs, Inc. She is currently serving an externship as a law clerk in Acquisitions at Lionsgate Entertainment and is Secretary of the Entertainment and Sports Law Society. She completed her B.F.A. in Drama/Direction at Carnegie Mellon University and her M.F.A. in Theatre from L’Ecole Internationale du Theatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris.
Clements greatly appreciated being selected as a Biederman Scholar. "After working in the entertainment industry for years, I decided to go to law school to become an entertainment attorney," she said. "I chose Southwestern precisely because of the Biederman Institute, its outstanding faculty, and its strong curricular and professional focus. To be named a Biederman Scholar signifies to potential employers that I am serious about my pursuit." (Read a Q&A with Clements here.)
Mark Humphrey (second-year day student) is a member of Law Review and has received several awards for academic excellence. He has studied International Entertainment Law in the London Summer Abroad Program and is serving an externship as a law clerk in Acquisitions at Lionsgate Entertainment. He has worked as an editor and production assistant for Sound Image Studios in Los Angeles. Humphrey has a B.A. in Film and Television from UCLA, where he was a writer, editor, columnist and editorial board member of the Daily Bruin.
Ryan Powers (second-year day student) is a member of Law Review, has studied International Entertainment Law in the London Summer Abroad Program and is serving an externship as a law clerk in Acquisitions at Lionsgate Entertainment. For the past 10 years, he has been deeply involved in the entertainment industry, as a touring musician, promoter, music journalist and operator of a small record label. Although he has a particular interest in the music industry, he recognizes the crossover between film, music and other works and is eager to represent both talent and publishers. He earned his B.A. in English at the University of Utah and his M.B.A. at the University of Phoenix.
"It is a great honor to be selected as a Biederman Scholar," Powers said. "For me, the honor is particularly special because I chose Southwestern to practice entertainment law, an industry that I have been deeply involved in. I hope to use the honor of this award to meet other students who excel in the study of entertainment law as well as the elite group of professionals that make up the Board of the Institute."
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 or media law. First-year students interested in the Biederman Scholar Program are encouraged to enroll in Copyright Law as their spring semester elective.