Friday marks an important milestone here in PunkLawyer land, it marks one year since I started my practice. Not sure if it’s a birthday or an anniversary for the business, but I’m proud to have made it to this point. It’s been a crazy year at times trying to get a business up and running, but when it gets down to it and I get to practice entertainment law for my clients, I love it. Negotiating content licenses in this fast changing technological and entertainment environment has been fascinating and has brought me to really think outside the box. It’s not just knowing what the technology does and can do, but also figuring out if those possibilities match with how the client wants his or her content used. It’s a tough road, but at the end of the day I’m living my dream, helping clients manage the potential minefields of entertainment and hopefully make a living doing what they love. As some of my law school classmates like to say, I practice ‘fun law,’ but for me I take it just as seriously as they would a criminal defense case. So thanks to those who I have met this year, who offered advice, helped me out, and of course thanks to my clients. I look forward to meeting more of my readers and Twitter followers in the future, it’s been fun getting to know a lot of you online.
In other news, I’ve been working to expand my skill set this week by attending a mediation certification training course. If you’re not familiar with mediation, it is a form of what is called alternative dispute resolution, where parties can meet with a mediator to work to try and resolve their issues instead of going to court. Mediation can be used in a variety of settings, from before a lawsuit has been filed to right before it is set to go to court, and in some instances can end up costing less than going to trial. It also can be used in almost all areas of law, and can avoid having to discuss personal or embarrassing aspects of a dispute in open court before a judge and jury. I’m excited to apply the skills I’ve learned not only in formal mediations, but also in informal dealings to help my clients work through disputes that may arise in the sometimes crazy world of entertainment. Look for more on this topic, and if you have questions feel free to send them my way here, on e-mail or via Twitter. Cheers, and have a great weekend!