Internships: Society of Professional Journalists at Baker & Hostetler, LLP; BBC Worldwide; Internet Bureau, Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York
Undergraduate college: Villanova University
Tell us about your experience in media law. What have you learned at your various externships?
The summer after my 1L year, I was the Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information Fellow at Baker & Hostetler, LLP in DC, sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists. I was also awarded the Howard M. Squadron Fellowship for Media, Law & Society, one of Cardozo's media law programs run by former Dean Monroe Price. There, I did research in how censorship of the Internet affects journalists, participated in media law events as a representative of the SPJ, and got a feel for how a large law firm operates. Next, I was lucky enough to intern at BBC Worldwide America, where I got to apply the theories that I had learned in the classroom to real life, day-to-day tasks at a global media corporation. The fast-paced, varied work at BBC made me realize that I wanted to work in media law.
What attracted you to this field?
I originally wanted to be a journalist, and had interned at several magazines before coming to Cardozo. I wanted to put the skills I had developed as a journalist - researching, writing, interviewing - to use to protect the work of people in the media industry.
What courses have you taken at Cardozo in media law. How have they enhanced your understanding of the subject?
I have taken Copyright Law with Professor Hughes, Communications Law with Professor Crawford, and I took my Heyman Center In-House Counsel Externship Seminar with Professor Palmieri, who is Intellectual Property Counsel at A&E. All of them have provided a foundation for my understanding of media law, arming me with the knowledge necessary to do well at my internships.
What professors have impacted you the most? Are there professors you're excited to take?
Professor Susan Crawford has been such an amazing professor. Despite her intimidating professional success, she is approachable and engaging. She is so passionate about what she teaches that you can't help but be interested too.
Do you think Cardozo has been a good place to study Intellectual Property? Why?
I think Cardozo is a great place to study Intellectual Property, and I'm very glad I chose to go here. From the Indie Film Clinic to the student organizations dedicated to Intellectual Property, the opportunities in Intellectual Property that are unique to Cardozo make it unmatchable. Being in New York City doesn't hurt either: there are so many internships in Intellectual Property just blocks away from school.