ML – Memphis Law Magazine Issue 9; Music & the Law

The newest issue of the law school magazine, ML – Memphis Law, is here! You can find it around the law school – in the newspaper stand in the main lobby, at the security desk, in the student lounge, at the main circulation desk in the library, in our admissions office, in the communication director’s office, and in the Dean’s office.

Graduating 3Ls, we’re mailing your copy to you, since many of you may not be back in the building any time soon!

In this issue, we look at an issue at the heart of Memphis: Music.

Our feature article, “Crossroads,” details the intersection of music & the law, with an in-depth look at how the future of the music industry is changing before our eyes, both in Memphis and across the country. Streaming has changed the music industry in once unimaginable ways, with intellectual property (IP), licensing, copyright, and technology all leading the way to the future. We’ll look at these issues, as well as various pieces of pending legislation, and how several Memphians are attempting to carve out a new path for Memphis in this new music industry landscape using IP and technology as their tools.

But the music doesn’t stop there! In a city like Memphis, it should come as no surprise that many of our Memphis Law alumni are also extremely talented musicians. From judges to practicing associate attorneys, and from trumpets to pianos, the range is as diverse and entertaining as you’d expect it to be in this city built on music and soul. We took some of our top alumni performers for a photo-session and interview at legendary Ardent Studios. We hope you’ll enjoy the result, and if you see any of these Memphis Law alum around town, whether in the courtroom or on stage, we hope you’ll appreciate their love of music AND the law.


We are also excited to feature one of our very own students in this issue’s student spotlight. Hugh Cross, Class of 2018, made it his personal goal to get into the entertainment business after law school. With stops along the way as an on-set legal intern for the CMT TV series Sun Records, followed by an impressive summer legal externship with the Hershey corporation in their IP and Entertainment division, Hugh has set himself up for chart-topping success.

Finally, we hope you’ll enjoy reading all about our recent faculty news and law school happenings here at Memphis Law, as well as an interesting faculty op-ed feature written by Professor D.R. Jones that examines the complex history of music licensing.

All this and more is waiting for you in the latest issue of ML – Memphis Law! Click here to read the full issue online. 

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