Meet the NMR Staff

Art Neill

Job Title: 

Founder / Executive Director

Joined NMR in: 

October 2005

Art is the founder of New Media Rights, and practices public interest law in the areas of internet, intellectual property, and communications law. 

Art is also an adjunct professor of law at California Western School of Law teaching the course Internet & Social Media Law (primarily focused on Internet, Intellectual Property, licensing, and online publishing law).

In 2011 and 2013, Art was appointed as a member of the Federal Communication Commission's Consumer Advisory Committee.  In 2014, Art was named to the Fastcase 50, which honors the law's smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, & leaders.

Some publications

Proposed Copyright Small Claims Court May Have A Bigger Impact Than The DMCA - November 2012 Techdirt Feature

"Suing John Doe: A new wave of filesharing lawsuits" Fall 2011 Journal of Internet Law (Aspen Publishers)

"Social Media and the Law: Here Comes Everybody!"  2010 May CEB Business Law Quarterly (A publication of the University of California and the State Bar of California)

Some interviews

Some talks & testimony

  • June 2014 – Panelist at Vidcon 2014 “Copyright on Youtube?”
  • June 2014 – Panelist for Copyright Society of the USA “Crowd-sourced editorial content and Fan Productions”
  • March 2014 - SXSW Interactive 2014, Austin, TX - Stand Up To Content Bullies, Know Your Copy Rights
  • February 2014-Califorina Lawyers for the Arts & New Media Rights- Artist-Gallery Agreements and Copyright Law
  • December 2013-San Diego Mini Maker Faire - Copyright & Trademark Issues Of Digital Fabrication
  • December 2013- San Diego Central Library & FAB LAB San Diego - Panel Discussion: Copyright and IP Issues Related to 3D Printing 
  • November 2013  - California State Bar IP Insitute, Berkeley, CA - Copyrights or Copywrongs: Is the Current System of Enforcement Working?
  • October 2013 - North County IP Section, Carlsbad, CA. Why did my content disappear? How the DMCA takedown process affects websites, users, and plaintiffs.
  • September 2013 Basics of Copyright, how Creative Commons licenses work, and video releases - San Diego City College Documentary Film class
  • May 2013 - 2013 Alliance for Community Media Conference Panel, San Francisco, CA -Free Speech vs. Copyright: An Intersection or a Collision?
  • April 2013 - American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Transactional Clinical Conference, Austin, TX - Panelist for "Creating Lawyers as Problem-Solvers, Appreciating the Risks and Benefits, Clinical Examples of Non-Traditional Transactional Clinic Matters"

 

Teri Karobonik

Job Title: 

Staff Attorney Fellow

Joined NMR in: 

June 2013

teri@newmediarights.org

Teri Karobonik is a Staff Attorney Fellow at New Media Rights where she works will all manner of creative individuals on a daily basis on preventative, transactional and pre-litigation matters. In addition to one on one assistance Teri actively engages in policy work with the copyright office as well as educational work. Teri is also an adjunct professor of law at California Western School of Law where she co-teaches the Internet & Media Law Clinic.

Teri received her J.D. from Santa Clara Law in 2012. While she was at Santa Clara Teri earned numerous awards for her work in IP and Privacy including a Pro-Bono Award for her work as the International Legal Intern at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) in the summer of 2011. Teri received her B.A. with honors in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona in 2009. She was also inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. For more on Teri, check out her linked in profile here, www.linkedin.com/pub/teri-karobonik/13/881/55a.

When Teri’s not being an awesome lawyer you can find her cooking, playing board games and doing yoga.

 

Kyle Welch

Job Title: 

Legal Clerk

Joined NMR in: 

August 2012

Kyle is a third year law student at California Western School of Law, where he plans to graduate from in May. Kyle previously earned a BS in mechanical engineering, which he enjoyed so much that he decided to continue his education in the most drastically different direction possible and go to law school. Kyle — now entering his second tour of duty at New Media Rights — has thoroughly appreciated helping startups and artists navigate legal obstacles as well as making drafting policy suggestions. When he has spare time, Kyle enjoys eating cereal and watching Nicholas Cage movies.

Elisabeth Morgan

Job Title: 

Legal Clerk

Elisabeth is a second year law student at California Western School of Law. Shortly after she received her B.A. in Criminal Justice she was introduced to the amazing world of music law. Coming from New York, Elisabeth has witnessed the trials and tribulations of many aspiring artists as they struggled to make their way to the top. She loves that she will be able to help up-and-coming creators overcome their legal concerns. In her spare time Elisabeth works out, listens to music, and watches free TV shows on iTunes.

Brooks Allen

Job Title: 

Intern

Joined NMR in: 

January 2014

Brooks is a second-year student at California Western School of Law. After graduating from Baylor University, Brooks worked in politics, communications strategy, and digital media before coming out to California from Austin, TX. He is eager to help support the wide array of entrepreneurs, artists, and content creators who work with New Media Rights. When he's not working or studying law, Brooks makes time to travel, surf, and generally enjoy the great outdoors.

Kristine Stcynske

Job Title: 

Intern

Joined NMR in: 

January 2014

Kristine is a second year law student at California Western School of Law.  She has received her B.S. in Hospitality Administrative Management and an M.B.A. from Endicott College in Massachusetts. After graduation she moved across the country to work for a resort in Big Sur, California. Kristine is interested is in art law, but she is looking forward to working with a variety of local entrepreneurs and artists while at New Media Rights. Kristine's greatest passion is for traveling and she has studied abroad both in undergrad and law school.

Christine Brekke

Job Title: 

Intern

Joined NMR in: 

August 2013

Christine is a 2L student at California Western School of Law. Shortly after completing her undergraduate studies at Scripps College, Christine moved to Seattle, Washington. Over the next few years, she worked with the general contractor for Seattle’s light rail tunnel. In her free time, Christine has fun with her goofy dog and plump cat. She also enjoys MMO video games, reading fiction novels, and snorkeling.