Jasmine Abdel-Khalik

Jasmine Abdel-khalik is an Associate Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.  She teaches courses in the intellectual property, unfair competition, and commercial realms, including Intellectual Property, Business Torts & Unfair Competition, Art Law, Advance Trademark, and Contracts I and II.  She has also guest lectured about intellectual property in several entrepreneurship classes, both at the Law School and in the Executive MBA program.  Professor Abdel-khalik has been honored to receive the 2010 Elmer F. Pierson Good Teaching Award and the 2012 and 2014 Outstanding Professor Award at the law school, as selected by the law school graduating class and a UMKC Student Government Association Apple Polisher Award for significant impact on student lives in 2012. 

Interested in how language within intellectual property interests affect broader social concerns, Professor Abdel-khalik’s research focuses on various aspects of trademark and copyright law.  Most recently, she has been examining how intellectual property doctrine may re-entrench existing stereotypes and biases as well as the intersect of intellectual property laws and protection of speech.  Her research was recognized by her colleagues in 2007 with the Daniel E. Brenner Faculty Publishing Award.

Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Abdel-khalik was a practicing attorney in Chicago, Illinois, initially with Baker & McKenzie and then with Freeborn & Peters.  Her practice areas included trademark, advertising and marketing compliance, patent litigation, and general commercial litigation, including breach of contract and antitrust matters.  A Florida native, Professor Abdel-khalik earned her B.A. from Cornell University in history and sociology and her J.D. from the University of Michigan.

Fady Aoun

Fady AOUN BEc (Hons), LLB (Hons) Phd (Syd) is a Senior Lecturer in law at The University of Sydney Law School and is admitted to practice law in NSW. His research and teaching interests are mainly in corporations law and intellectual property. He is a co-author of Intellectual Property: Commentary & Materials (6th ed, Thomson Reuters, 2017) with Colin Bodkin and David Price. Fady completed his doctoral thesis on the law, theory and policy relating to stigmatising trade marks.  A representative publication emerging from this work is ‘WHITEWASHING AUSTRALIA’S HISTORY OF STIGMATISING TRADE MARKS AND COMMERCIAL IMAGERY’ 44(3) Melbourne University Law Review which will be published in 2019.

Ann Bartow

Ann Bartow is Professor and Director of the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property at the University of New Hampshire. She is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection between intellectual property laws and public policy concerns, privacy and technology law, and feminist legal theory, and she has published numerous articles and book chapters on these subjects. 

Boatema Boateng

Boatema Boateng is Associate Professor of Communication at the University of California San Diego. Her areas of interest include Critical Race and Intellectual Property Studies, Transnational Gender Studies, and African Diaspora Studies. Her research projects focus on the legal regulation of knowledge and culture in relation to race, nation, gender, and indigeneity. She is also interested in the relation between race and indigeneity in struggles for transnational cultural justice. In her book, The Copyright Thing Doesn’t Work Here: Adinkra and Kente Cloth and Intellectual Property in Ghana (University of Minnesota Press, 2011), she examines the ways that IP law converges with histories of subjugation to produce and regulate both subjects and knowledge. She argues that the status of different kinds of knowledge and culture within the law is a function not only of their inherent qualities but also of their location in such histories. She also examines devalued conceptions of knowledge and subjectivity as resources for challenging and rethinking IP law. Her current research takes a similar historical approach in examining U.S. copyright law in relation to the 

categories of “art” and “craft,” and the racial and gendered consequences of that relation for culture and those who produce it.

Rosemary J. Coombe

Rosemary J. Coombe holds the Tier One Canada Research Chair in Law, Communication and Culture at York University in Toronto, where she is a Full Professor holding appointments in the Departments of Anthropology and Social Science. She also teaches in the Communications and Culture and Sociolegal Studies graduate programme. Prior to being awarded one of Canada’s first Canada Research Chairs, she was Full Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Her award winning book The Cultural Life of Intellectual Properties was reprinted in 2008; in 2018 she published an entry on intellectual property in the International Encyclopaedia of Anthropology covering 25 years of anthropological research in this field. Her work addresses the cultural, political and social implications of intellectual property laws, and the politics of cultural property and heritage management at the intersections of neoliberalism, informational capital, and human rights. See her website at for more detail.

Carys J. Craig

Dr. Carys Craig is an Associate Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto, Canada. She is the Academic Director of the Osgoode Professional LLM Program in Intellectual Property Law, a founding member of IP Osgoode, and recently served as Osgoode’s Associate Dean (Research & Institutional Relations). 

A recipient of multiple teaching awards, including the President’s University-Wide Teaching Award, Dr. Craig teaches and researches in the areas of copyright, trademarks, law and technology, feminist and legal theory. She is the author of Copyright, Communication & Culture: Towards a Relational Theory of Copyright Law (Edward Elgar, 2011), and co-editor of Trade-marks and Unfair Competition Law: Cases and Commentary, 2nd ed. (Carswell, 2014), and Copyright: Cases and Commentary on the Canadian and International Law, 2nd ed. (Carswell, 2013). Her award-winning work has been cited with approval by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Sonia N. Das

Sonia Das is Associate Professor of Linguistic Anthropology at New York University and co-Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology. Focusing on the ethnographic study of language and culture, her research investigates the dialectical relationship between linguistic and other semiotic forms, interactional practices, and ideologies regimenting processes of social change and reproduction. She mostly conducts research in North America and South Asia and among Tamil-speaking diasporas in francophone and anglophone societies. Her publications appear in top-ranking journals, including American Ethnologist, American Anthropologist, Comparative Studies in Society and HistoryJournal of Linguistic Anthropology (in English), and Anthropologie et Sociétés (in French). Her first monograph, Linguistic Rivalries: Tamil Migrants and Anglo-Franco Conflicts (Oxford University Press, 2016), was awarded Honorable Mention for the Edward Sapir Book Prize by the Society for Linguistic Anthropology in 2017. Focusing on Montréal’s Tamil diaspora, this book discusses how colonial and post-colonial nationalist struggles between English and French regimes over 150 years naturalized and institutionalized taken-for-granted categories of “ethnolinguistic community” and “linguistic diglossia” informing Tamil heritage language education. Her ongoing research projects on police discretion in the U.S. South, the pastoral care of South Asian seafarers, and the racialization of sacrilege in Québécois humor all stress the centrality of language in legitimizing power structures. She has received fellowships by the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography, National Science Foundation Programs in Cultural Anthropology and Law and Social Sciences, and Wenner-Gren Foundation.

Dana DeVlieger

Dana DeVlieger is a doctoral candidate in music theory with a minor in legal studies at the University of Minnesota. She received her BA in music performance and psychology from the University of Notre Dame and holds master’s degrees from the University of Chicago and Ohio State University. Dana’s dissertation project investigates the ways that certain musical features have been valued or devalued by the American copyright system and the implications of these value judgments on the creation of popular music. Her other research interests include the study of popular music, the music of Bruce Springsteen, music cognition, Irish folk music, and music theory pedagogy. Dana has previously presented her work at national and international conferences including the annual meetings of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, the Association for the Art of Record Production, the Society for American Music, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music – US, and the Society for Music Theory.

Sherina Feliciano-Santos

Sherina Feliciano-Santos is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of South Carolina. She earned her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Michigan in 2011. Her research interests include the politics of language use, social activism, language and cultural revitalization, racial and ethnic formations, narrative, and face-to-face interaction. Her regional specializations are the Caribbean and the Southern United States.  

She currently has two research projects in progress. The first, in collaboration with Dr. Sonia Das, is a study of language use in police-subject interactions in the U.S. South. In this National Science Foundation, Wenner-Gren, and University of South Carolina funded project, she considers how subjects apprehended during traffic stops manage police interactions and how subjects’ actions are interpreted by law enforcement officers. Through ethnographic observation of courts and legal offices, interviews with lawyers, subjects, and police, and analysis of body- and dash-cam video, Das and Feliciano-Santos aim to understand the processes involved in the production of evidence, the dynamics involved in the escalation of force, and the cultural and language ideologies that undergird the U.S. judicial system. Feliciano-Santos is also completing a book on the debates surrounding the Taíno indigenous movement in Puerto Rico as well as the historical and interactional challenges involved in claiming membership in, what for many Puerto Ricans, is an impossible affiliation. Her work has been published in various journals such as the Journal of Linguistic AnthropologyRacial and Ethnic Studies, and Language and Communication, among others.

Shubha Ghosh

Dr. Shubha Ghosh, Crandall Melvin Professor of Law and Director of the Syracuse Intellectual Property Law Institute (SIPLI), earned his J.D. from Stanford University, with distinction, and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan. He earned his BA, cum laude, from Amherst College. 

His extensive research focuses on the development and commercialization of intellectual property and technology as a means of promoting economic and social development. He has published extensively on pharmaceutical, design, copyright protection of standards, competition policy, and other intellectual property issues; antitrust law; legal construction of the marketplace; technology transfer; and the role of intellectual property law and policy in shaping these diverse areas.

KJ Greene

A native New Yorker and a former United States Marine, Kevin Jerome (“KJ”) Greene is a tenured professor of law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California. Professor Greene was born in Jamaica, Queens and graduated from Yale Law School. After graduating from Yale, Professor Greene worked as a judicial clerk for a Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, where he received an award for outstanding service to the court. 

Professor Greene is admitted to the state bar of New York and practiced law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, a premier Wall Street law firm. He has represented Time-Warner and HBO and clients such as film director Spike Lee, recording artists Bobby Brown, Harry Connick, Jr., Tonex, the iconic rap group Public Enemy and George Clinton, the King of Funk music. Professor Greene teaches Contracts, Music Law, Entertainment Law and International Entertainment Law at Zhejiang University in China and is sought after as an expert consultant on IP matters. 

Professor Greene pioneered the analysis of race and IP in the legal academy. Greene’s law review articles have been selected three times as among the best in IP scholarship by Thompson-Reuters. His scholarship spans copyright, trademark and publicity rights as related to the entertainment industry. In 2016, the Taiwanese government invited Greene to speak in Taipei at the Sineca Institute on the intersection of copyright law, race and hip-hop music. Also in 2016, the IP Institute of the State Bar of California selected Professor Greene as the recipient of the Vanguard Award for Innovation in IP, Academics category, the Bar’s highest award, and one previously awarded to preeminent IP Professors such as Mark Lemley. Dan Burk and Paula Samuelsson. 

In 2018, Professor Greene was selected for admission as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Ernesto Hernández-López

Ernesto Hernández-López is a Professor of Law at the Fowler School of Law at Chapman University in California.  His research interests include international law, post-colonialism, and law and food.  He has published articles in the UC Irvine Law Review, ASU Law JournalSMU Law Review, Seton Hall Law Review, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, and European and South American journals. His research has been presented at workshops, invited talks, and conferences such as Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL), Harvard Law Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP), Re-Orienting Whiteness Conference at the University of Melbourne, UCLA Critical Race Studies SymposiumLaw and Society Association, Law Culture & Humanities, AALS, ASIL, LatCrit, and ClassCrits. He has written op-eds in the Chicago Tribune, Orange County Register, U-T San Diego, La Opinión and Hoy. Before law school, he served as an International Relations Research Professor at the Universidad del Rosario and the Universidad Javeriana, both in Bogóta, Colombia.  He earned a JD from the George Washington University School of Law, MA with Academic Excellence in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University, and BA with a double major in Latin American Studies (Honors) and History from the University of Texas at Austin.  He has served on the Executive Committees for the AALS Agricultural and Food law Section and the AALS Minority Groups Section. 

Vicki T. Huang

Dr. Vicki Huang is a Senior Lecturer at the Deakin Law School and a visiting scholar at the Melbourne Law School in 2019. She graduated from the Melbourne Law School with a PhD and an LL.B (first class honours). She also completed an L.L.M. at Columbia University Law School on a Burton Memorial Fellowship where she graduated with honours as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. 

Dr. Huang’s research focuses on inter-disciplinary aspects of intellectual property law and empirical research methods into law. She currently teaches cyber-law, intellectual property law, and property (land) law. Her research has been published in Australian, European and US journals. She is an author of the forthcoming 6th edition of Intellectual Property: Cases, Materials and Commentary edited by Sam Ricketson, Megan Richardson, and Mark James Davison.

Deidré  Keller

Deidré Keller joined the Ohio Northern University (ONU) Claude W. Pettit College of Law faculty in August 2010 as an assistant professor. She has taught Property I and II, Trusts & Estates, the Intellectual Property survey course and seminar, a Law and Literature seminar, Internet Law, and Legal Problem Solving and Analysis. Prof. Keller has also taught in the LSAC PLUS program at ONU. Professor Keller writes at the intersection of intellectual property, personhood theory, critical race theory, and the Constitution. She is currently serving as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.   

Prior to teaching, Prof. Keller practiced law in Atlanta, Georgia, with the firms of Sutherland, Asbill and Brennan, LLP and Seyfarth Shaw, LLP. She specialized in intellectual property with an emphasis on trademarks and copyrights.

Larisa Kingston Mann

Dr. Larisa Kingston Mann is Assistant Professor of Emergent Media in the Media Studies & Production department at Klein College, Temple University. Her research examines how oppressed people redraw the borders of spaces, communities and social relationships to make space for autonomous culture, with attention to the ways legal institutions and media technologies open up or shut down spaces for anti-colonial resistance. She has examined this in relation to surveillance technology, pirate radio, street parties, sound systems and wireless mesh networks. Her most recent article “Booming at the Margins: Ethnic radio, intimacy and nonlinear innovation in media” is forthcoming from the International Journal of Communication 

S. Ali Malik

S. Ali Malik is a Ph.D. candidate in the Socio-legal Studies program at York University. He earned his MA in International Human Rights Law from the American University in Cairo and participates in the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School. Drawing on a range of interdisciplinary theoretical and methodological influences rooted in anthropology, postcolonial studies, and critical legal and social theory, his doctoral research focuses on the historical and legal intersections of climate change, agriculture, technology, and development in India. 

Ndjuoh MehChu

Ndjuoh MehChu is an inaugural Thurgood Marshall Law Teaching Fellow at Howard University School of Law. An interdisciplinary scholar, he writes primarily in the areas of human and civil rights, critical race theory and economics. In addition to conducting research, he teaches Social Justice Lawyering, supervises upper-year law students in the Human and Civil Rights Clinic and is an advisor for the Howard Human and Civil Rights Law Review. Prior to Howard, Ndjuoh was a Law Fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center where he worked to secure access to adequate public education for disadvantaged children. Ndjuoh holds a B.A. in economics and Africana Studies with highest honors from Rutgers University, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. Before law school, Ndjuoh was a Special Education and Math teacher in the South Bronx. 

Ngozi Okidegbe

Ngozi Okidegbe is a lawyer and a Master of Laws candidate at Columbia Law School. Her research focuses on criminal law, critical race theory, and technology. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including The Criminal Law Quarterly and The Canadian Journal of Law and Technology. Prior to commencing her graduate studies, she clerked at the Court of Appeal for Ontario and served as a law clerk to Justice Madlanga of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. 

She holds a B.C.L./LL.B. from McGill’s Faculty of Law and has been the recipient of a number of awards including the Edwin Botsford Busteed Scholarship, the Rosa B. Gualtieri Prize, the Daniel Mettarlin Memorial Scholarship, and the Reverend Charles H. Este Scholarship. Prior to law school, she studied history at Concordia University, where she was awarded the David Fox Memorial Prize for best undergraduate honours thesis in the field of history.

Chidi Oguamanam

Dr. Oguamanam is a Professor of Law in the Faculty of Law (Common Law Section) University of Ottawa. Professor Oguamanam has diverse interdisciplinary research interests in the areas of global knowledge governance in general, especially as manifested in the dynamics of intellectual property and technology law with emphasis on biodiversity, biotechnology, including agricultural biotechnology. He identifies the policy and practical contexts for the exploration of the intersections of knowledge systems, particularly western science and the traditional knowledge of indigenous and local communities within the broader development discourse and paradigm.  He is interested in the global institutional and regime dynamics for negotiating access and distributional challenges in regard to the optimization of benefits of innovation by stakeholders.   He has  written and published several articles on international intellectual property law-making, biotechnology in the context of health and agriculture, indigenous peoples, indigenous knowledge, farmers’ rights, access and benefits sharing over genetic resources, environmental law and biodiversity conservation, the policy and legal intersections of traditional and hi-tech agricultural practices, documentation and digitization of local knowledge systems, globalization, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), medical ethics, nutrition, public health law and policy, colonialism and the legal profession. In addition to public speaking engagements nationally and internationally, Dr. Oguamanam provides technical and expert consulting and support services in his areas of work for states and sub-state actors, intergovernmental bodies, Indigenous and local communities in developed and newly industrializing countries and elsewhere. He is the author of:  International Law and Indigenous Knowledge: Intellectual Property, Plant Biodiversity, and Traditional Medicine (University of Toronto Press in 2006) and Intellectual Property in Global Governance: A Development Question (Routledge 2011). 

Trevor Reed

Trevor Reed joined the faculty of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in 2018. Prior to joining the faculty at ASU, Reed taught in Columbia’s Core Curriculum and worked for Columbia’s Copyright Advisory Office on the development of intellectual property rights automation. Reed holds a PhD from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in Ethnomusicology, a JD from Columbia Law School, and a Masters of Arts Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University. Professor Reed’s research explores the social impacts of intellectual property law on individual and group autonomy.  His recent work has focused on the linkages between creative production and Native American sovereignty, which has involved community-partnered research coupled with on-the-ground efforts to repatriate indigenous intellectual properties from museums, archives and other holding institutions back to local communities. Professor Reed’s research has been published in the Oxford Handbook of Music Repatriation, Columbia’s Journal of Law and the Arts (Andrew D. Fried Memorial Prize), and the Research Center for Arts and Culture. Forthcoming publications include articles in the journal Anthropological Quarterly and the Journal for the Society of American Music, and a chapter in the new edited volume Music and Modernity among First Peoples of North America (Wesleyan University Press). 

Amelia Smith Rinehart

Amelia Smith Rinehart is a Professor of Law and the Associate Deanfor Faculty Researc and Development at the S. J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. Before joining the faculty in 2010, she held an appointment as a visiting assistant professor of law at Florida State University. Prior to entering the legal academy, she practiced law for several years at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe L.L.P. in New York, and Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrère & Denègre L.L.P. in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, specializing in intellectual property litigation, procurement and counseling.  

Professor Rinehart received her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 2002. She received Master of Science (1997) and Bachelor of Science (1996, summa cum laude with Departmental Honors) degrees in biomedical engineering from Tulane University. Prior to attending law school, Professor Rinehart worked as an engineer at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. 

Professor Rinehart’s research focuses on the interplay between patent law and contract law in the development and commercialization of inventions. Her scholarly work focuses on examining the ways that the U.S. patent system can better recognize the public benefits provided by the private rights to exclude granted to patent owners and how the patent system impacts technology transfer. She is a registered patent attorney and teaches Contracts, Intellectual Property Survey, and Patent Law. 

Mel Stanfill

Mel Stanfill is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in Texts and Technology and Games and Interactive Media at the University of Central Florida. Stanfill holds a PhD in Communications and Media from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Stanfill’s research interrogates how the relationship between media industries and their audiences in the Internet era is shaped by labor, intellectual property law, consumption, heteronormativity, and whiteness, and has appeared in venues such as New Media and SocietyCritical Studies in Media Communication, and Cinema Journal.

Rebecca Tsosie

Regents’ Professor of Law; Faculty Co-Chair, Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program, Special Advisor to the Provost for Diversity and Inclusion 

Rebecca Tsosie is a Regents’ Professor at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona and also serves as Special Advisor to the Provost for Diversity and Inclusion. Professor Tsosie, who is of Yaqui descent, is a faculty member for the Indigenous Peoples’ Law and Policy Program at the University of Arizona, and she is widely known for her work in the fields of Federal Indian law and indigenous peoples’ human rights. Prior to joining the UA faculty, Professor Tsosie was a Regents’ Professor and Vice Provost for Inclusion and Community Engagement at Arizona State University. Professor Tsosie was the first faculty Executive Director for ASU’s Indian Legal Program and served in that position for 15 years. Professor Tsosie has published widely on sovereignty, self-determination, cultural pluralism, environmental policy and cultural rights. She teaches in the areas of Federal Indian Law, Property, Constitutional Law, Critical Race Theory, and Cultural Resources Law. Professor Tsosie is a member of the Arizona Bar Association and the California Bar Association. Professor Tsosie serves as a Supreme Court Justice for the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and as an Associate Judge on the San Carlos Tribal Court of Appeals. She received her B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Anjali Vats

I am an Assistant Professor in Communication and African and African Diaspora Studies at Boston College.  I’m also an Assistant Professor (by courtesy) in the Boston College Law School. I serve as a Visiting Consultant with Microsoft Research New England’s Social Media Collective as well. In 2016-2017, as an AAUW Postdoctoral Fellow, I taught at UC Davis School of Law. My interdisciplinary work draws on methods in rhetoric, media studies, Critical Race Theory, Ethnic Studies, and critical/cultural studies. I am particularly interested on issues related to race, law, and popular culture (mostly television and social media), and with particular focus on the racial histories of intellectual properties and, relatedly, topics such as yoga, Marshawn Lynch, and Prince Rogers Nelson.  

My forthcoming book, The Color of Creatorship: Intellectual Property Citizenship and the Racial Scripts of Knowledge Production (under contract at Stanford University Press) investigates the historical relationships between copyright, trademark, and patent law and the articulation of (white) citizenship. I am also interested in policy issues surrounding intellectual properties, particularly copyright and fair use, as well, especially as they intersect with social justice issues. I have published articles in The Quarterly Journal of Speech, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Communication, Culture & Critique, and several law journals. My writings have taken up issues of race in the contexts of trademark law, high fashion, yoga, and Black Twitter.

Laura Ortman

Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache) is a Brooklyn, NY composer, musician and artist. She produces solo albums, live performances and film/art soundtracks and frequently collaborates with artists in film, music, art, dance, multi-media, activitism and poetry, such as Tony Conrad, Jock Soto, Raven Chacon, Nanobah Becker, Okkyung Lee, Martin Bisi, Caroline Monnet, Michelle Latimer and Martha Colburn. She plays violin, Apache violin, piano, electric guitar, keyboards, pedal steel guitar, sings through a megaphone, and makes field recordings. Ortman’s notable performances includes venues at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The National Museum of the American Indian, the Museum of Modern Art, The Kitchen, MoMA P.S. 1, Centre Pompidou, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, SF MoMA, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, The Knitting Factory, CBGB’s, St. Marks Church, Dia Art Foundation, the Wave Farm, amongst countless other established and DIY venues in the US, Canada and Western Europe.

Lita T. Rosario

Lita T. Rosario is the principal of WYZ Girl Entertainment Consulting a boutique entertainment and intellectual property law and consulting firm in Washington DC. She has served on the Washington D.C. Chapter of Recording Academy (Grammy) Board of Governors and serves on the Board of Directors for the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA). She is admitted to the State Bars in New York, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia, the federal Court Bars for Southern District of New York, the District Court for the District of Columbia, the 2nd and 11th Circuit Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court. She was elected as Chair of the DC Bar’s Arts, Entertainment, Media and Sports Law Section for 2012-2013. 

Rosario is an expert in copyright recapture and was successful in securing the ownership rights for Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Forcefor arguably the most sampled song in Hip Hop Planet Rock,”and all songs that sampledPlanet Rock.” Rosario has represented members of Parliament Funkadelic, including Garry Shider (Diaper Man) and George Clinton, in matters to regain ownership of their catalogs, including the iconic hits records Atomic Dogand One Nation Under A Grooveand the estate of a founder ofKC & the Sunshine Band.

Rosario has secured favorable decisions in the 2nd Circuit and 11th Circuit Courts of Appeal on copyright issues involving Justine Timberlake’s multi-platinum hit Suit & Tie and KC & The Sunshine Band; assisted with a 9th Circuit appeal by George Clinton in connection with the copyright ownership dispute of the Funkadelic Masters; was a contributing author for an amicus brief with the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for the case involving infringement of Marvin Gaye’s Got To Give It Up by Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s in Blurred Lines; and authored a Petition for Writ of Certiorari before the United States Supreme Court on a statute of limitations issue involving copyright renewal ownership claims under Section 304 of the Copyright Act. 

Rosario began her career in entertainment law as a co-founder and co-owner of University Music Entertainment, a music production company that produced multi-platinum recording artist DRU Hill, Myaand ultimately SISQO. Rosario went on to represent such artists as Missy Elliott(and is responsible for Missy owning her copyrights), Crystal Waters, Tank and Robin S. She has secured back royalties for many artists and songwriters including, Peaches & Herb, Mr. Cheeks, and Pig Pun. 

She has acted as an expert/consultant in litigation matters involving Lauren HillandNE-YO,as well as the Zapp Estate, Sean Levert EstateandGerald Levert Estatematters. Rosario has represented clients in songwriter and author disputes for the mega hit records Who Let the Dogs Out, Blame It on the Alcohol, and Thong Song.She has secured ownership rights for her clients in all cases. 

Rosario has lobbied Congress on artist rights issues and is an outspoken advocate for artist rights! Rosario began her career as a corporate/securities law attorney at Gaston Snow & Ely Bartlett in Boston and then Shearman & Sterling in New York. Rosario is a graduate of Howard University.

Justin Hughes

Justin Hughes is the Hon. William Matthew Byrne Distinguished Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, where he teaches international trade and intellectual property courses.  From 2002 until 2013, he taught at Cardozo Law School in New York. From 2009 until 2013, Professor Hughes also served as Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property.  In that capacity, he was the US chief negotiator for two multilateral treaties, the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances (2012) and the Marrakesh Treaty for the Blind (2013). He has also taught at UCLA and DePaul University.
Educated at Oberlin and Harvard, Professor Hughes practiced international arbitration in Paris, was a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities, and, as a Henry Luce Scholar, clerked for the Lord President of the Supreme Court of Malaysia.   From 2006-2009, he was Chairman of the Technicolor/Thomson Foundation for Film and Television Heritage. Professor Hughes has also done volunteer democracy development work in Albania, Bosnia, El Salvador, Haiti, and Mali.
He has published in a variety of scholarly journals and his recent popular writings have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, L.A. Daily News, Los Angeles Review of Books, Sacramento Bee, The Hill (DC), and USAToday.  More information can be found at

April Reign

April Reign practiced law for nearly twenty years, honing her talent for public speaking, persuasive writing and effecting policy change, but it wasn’t until she walked away from her legal practice that she found her true passion.

 As the creator of the viral hashtag-turned-movement, #OscarsSoWhite, April has been challenging the lack of representation of marginalized communities in Hollywood and beyond since 2015. Reign sustains a movement that has resulted in the most permanent systemic change ever seen in the over 80-year history of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Her name continues to be synonymous with this historic change, the results of which are reverberating throughout the entertainment industry and will do so for decades to come.

Reign is an influential and sought-after media presence, having built an impressive global organic social media following over several platforms, as well as a network of recognized celebrities, creators, activists, and decision makers at the corporate level. Reign capitalizes on this network and her experience, using her voice to spark conversations and explore issues of race, politics and culture, helping structure ways to turn dialogue into action.

April Reign travels internationally, speaking at academic institutions and conferences; is available for appearances at industry awards, festivals and events; and is highly sought-after for consulting with organizations regarding issues of diversity and inclusion.