Professor Ronnell Andersen Jones

Professor RonNell Andersen Jones is an Affiliated Fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project and the Lee E. Teitelbaum Endowed Chair and Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law.

A former newspaper reporter and editor, Professor Jones is a First Amendment scholar who teaches, researches and writes on legal issues affecting the press and on the intersection between media and the courts, with a particular emphasis on the United States Supreme Court. Her scholarship addresses issues of press access and transparency and the role of the press as a check on government. She is also a widely cited national expert on reporter’s privilege and newsgathering rights and a regular speaker on emerging areas of social media law. Her scholarly work has appeared in numerous books and journals, including Northwestern Law Review, Michigan Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, and the Harvard Law Review Forum. She is also a regular public commentator on press freedom issues. Her op-eds have been published in several major news outlets, including CNN and The New York Times, and her research has been quoted in Newsweek, the Washington Post, the New York Times and other national publications.

Professor Jones graduated first in her law school class and clerked for the Honorable William A. Fletcher on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the United States Supreme Court. Prior to entering academia, she was an attorney in the Issues & Appeals section of Jones Day, where her work focused on Supreme Court litigation and included major constitutional cases.

An award-winning teacher, Professor Jones has been recognized for her classroom innovations and personal mentoring. Before joining the faculty at the University of Utah, Professor Jones was Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Research at Brigham Young University, where she was twice named Professor of the Year. Before that, she was a Distinguished Faculty Fellow at the University of Arizona, where she team-taught an annual course about the United States Supreme Court with Justice O’Connor.

Professor Geoffrey Scott

International Entertainment Law

Professor Scott has a wide range of teaching and scholarly interests, but his focus is intellectual property and the intersection of the worlds of artistic and scientific expression and the law. He has given particular attention to the protection of cultural properties in both Europe and Asia, to domestic and international entertainment issues with an emphasis on music, and to the representation of the individual professional athlete. He received a Fulbright Scholar award in 2004-2005 for his research in the protection of cultural and ethnographic properties in Asia, and he has been a visiting professor and scholar at the University of Delaware Graduate College of Marine Studies in the fields of biotechnology and intellectual property law. Professor Scott has taught courses and given lectures in London and other European capitals as well as Kyoto, Beijing, and Seoul, and is the founder and supervisor of the Penn State Arts, Sports and Entertainment Law Clinic.

Professor Henry Lydiate

International Art Law

Professor Henry Lydiate is a Barrister who has specialized in the law relating to visual art and design for over 25 years. He conducted a two-year research project into the legal needs of visual artists in the U.K. in the 1970’s. This led to his establishment of Artlaw Services, a free legal advice, education and training service for the art community which he served as chair, legal adviser and trainer/educator until 1984. Professor Lydiate writes a regular Artlaw column published in Art Monthly since its first issue in 1976, and his collected articles are published by Artquest at www.artquest.org.uk/artlaw.

Currently a consultant specializing in visual art and design, Professor Lydiate now teaches the M.A. Arts Management course at the Ashcroft International Business School in Cambridge and the M.A. Arts Policy and Management course at Birkbeck College, University of London, and is Visiting Professor of Artlaw at the University of the Arts, London. He received his Bachelor of Laws, LLB, from University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, 1969; Barrister, Inns of Court, UK, 1974 Pupilmaster, Inns of Court, UK, 1990.

Professor Jay Gendron

Negotiating and Drafting International Entertainment Contracts

Jay Gendron is an Associate Professor of Law at Southwestern, where he teaches Entertainment Business Affairs Negotiation, the Entertainment Law Capstone and in the Entertainment and the Arts Law Clinic.

Professor Gendron spent more than 20 years at Warner Bros. Television, most recently as Vice President of Business Affairs, serving as the primary point person for negotiations with writers, producers, directors and actors for the world’s largest supplier of primetime scripted television. In this position, he handled all aspects of television business affairs, including network license agreements, rights acquisitions and A-Level overall writer/producer agreements. Prior to that, Professor Gendron was Vice President of Legal Affairs, where he oversaw all legal aspects of production, rights acquisitions, co-production agreements, distribution agreements, negotiation/drafting of contracts and obtaining court approval of minors’ contracts. He also drafted seminal development, license and termination agreements for The WB network. Before joining Warner Bros. in 1991, Professor Gendron was Director of Legal Affairs at Lorimar Television for several years. There, he served as production counsel, primarily handling network license agreements and clearance matters. Earlier in his career, he was an attorney with the firms of Leopold, Petrich & Smith and McCutchen, Black, Verleger & Shea. Professor Gendron earned his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. from Duke University. While in law school, he was editor of the Duke Legal Research Program. He also took part in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Oral Advocacy Project and served on the Moot Court Board.

Professor Orly Ravid '14

Negotiating and Drafting International Entertainment Contracts

As a transactional associate in our nation’s entertainment capital, Professor Ravid’s 17-year career in film including acquisitions, sales, film festival programming, theatrical and festival distribution, and business affairs enables her to see past the preview to better help her clients.

As an entertainment attorney in Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp’s Motion Picture, Television & Music Transactions Department and the founder of non-profit The Film Collaborative (TFC), Professor Ravid counseled and contributed to Sundance’s Artist Services / Transparency Project and has spoken about distribution on panels and conferences at film schools and festivals including Sundance, UCLA, USC, IDFA, Cannes, SXSW, and LAFF/Film Independent. She has written numerous articles on distribution, some of which have debuted on Indiewire before appearing on TFC’s website.

Professor Ravid is committed to helping artistically, and intellectually rigorous and important films reach their respective audiences via financial models that are sustainable for filmmakers. Called a “big picture” thinker, she founded TFC in response to a dominant and overarching structure that favors middlemen over filmmakers. She is as passionate about protecting filmmakers’ rights and revenues as she is about quality filmmaking.

Professor Ravid earned her B.A. degree from Columbia University and her J.D. degree from Southwestern. She is a member of the California State Bar.

Program Director Tamara Moore

Tamara Moore is the Associate Director of the Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute Southwestern and the Director of the London Summer Study Abroad Program. Her career in the Institute spans more than 18 years and she has traveled to London for its summer program for the past nine years.

In addition to overseeing all aspects of the London program, Tamara is the chief admissions professional for Southwestern’s LL.M. program in entertainment and media law. She is a member of the Media Law Resource Center (MLRC) and sits on the planning committee for many of the Biederman Institute’s entertainment and media law conferences and symposia.