Meet the NMR Staff

Art Neill

Founder / Executive Director

Joined NMR in: 

October 2005

art@newmediarights.org

Art is the founder of New Media Rights, and practices public interest law in the areas of internet, intellectual property, privacy, and media law. He writes about legal issues for creators and small businesses as a Contributor at Forbes.

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

In 2011, 2013, and 2015 Art was appointed as a member of the Federal Communication Commission's Consumer Advisory Committee, where he served as Co-chair of the Broadband Working Group.  In 2014, Art was named to the Fastcase 50, which honors the law's smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, & leaders.

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Shaun Spalding

Assistant Director

Joined NMR in: 

June 2010

Shaun Spalding is an intellectual property attorney with an eye for business development specializing in digital entertainment transactions, licensing, and Youtube.

 

Shaun has represented a handful of the top-40 most watched and most subscribed to Youtube channels in the world. Shaun is also a professor at California Western School of Law teaching an Internet and Media Law clinical course. Outside of academia, over 10,000 working creators have enrolled in his online courses aimed at teaching legal basics to creatives. The LAGD: Legal Assistance for Game Developers video series which he developed, directed, and produced with New Media Rights has over 350,000 views and counting.

 

Before making contracts and online courses his main hobbies, Shaun worked as a commercial video producer making brand-integrated videos for companies like SWISS Airlines, Sharp Television, the Motion Picture Association of America, and Henkel.

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Erika Lee

Staff Attorney

Joined NMR in: 

May 2015

Erika is a Staff Attorney at New Media Rights, where she works with creative professionals and small businesses in preventative transactional legal matters. In addition to providing one to one legal assistance in entertainment, intellectual property and privacy law matters, Erika also develops educational resources for New Media Rights and engages in public policy advocacy in regulatory proceedings at the Copyright Office. 

Erika received her J.D. from California Western School of Law, and her B.A. degree in English from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. During law school, Erika worked for New Media Rights as an intern and student fellow before spending a semester in Los Angeles working in the business and legal affairs department of Shout! Factory, a multi-platform media company. While obtaining her undergraduate degree, Erika worked for four years in the marketing department of a large performing arts center in Madison, Wisconsin, where she assisted in programming projects and events that engaged local communities with the arts, and promoted national Broadway and non-Broadway touring productions.

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Brittany Hernandez

Student Fellow

Joined NMR in: 

May 2018

Brittany is a native of Southern California and has lived in San Diego for over 18 years. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California San Diego, where she majored in History and minored in Linguistics. She later successfully completed the University of California San Diego-Extension school’s ABA-approved Accelerated Paralegal Certification Program and was inducted into the prestigious Lambda Epsilon Chi honor society. Prior to attending law school, Brittany served as a Boatswain’s Mate in the United States Coast Guard for four years. After being stationed in New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Virginia, and Alaska, Brittany began her studies at California Western School of Law. This is Brittany's third semester interning at New Media Rights. She has also interned at the San Diego intellectual property and business law firm Wilkinson Mazzeo as well as the copyright and trademark litigation firm US IP Attorneys. Through her internships, she has gained experience in copyright law, trademark law, small business law, and privacy law. She is interested in practicing in the area of Entertainment Law and is passionate about helping filmmakers, authors, and creators protect their creations in an ethical, efficient, and competent manner. 

Alexandra Inman

Student Fellow

Joined NMR in: 

May 2018

Alexandra received her Bachelor of Arts degree from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She majored in Philosophy with particular emphasis on aesthetics and minored in criminal justice. Deciding to flee to the West Coast she spent a few years in Los Angeles before enrolling at California Western School of Law here in San Diego and is anxiously awaiting graduation in December of this year. She is very excited to continue working with New Media Rights because she enjoys assisting entrepreneurs, artists, and other creative individuals with realizing their dreams. Alexandra hopes to use the excellent experience she is getting with New Media Rights to realize her own dream of being a sports and entertainment lawyer specifically in the fields of movies, television, and music. In her free time, Alexandra enjoys reading, watching movies, and learning as much as she can about the fields of entertainment and sports.

Ahmed Alamri

Student Fellow

Joined NMR in: 

January 2019

Ahmed received his Bachelors Degree from Fresno State University in Fresno, California. He majored in Political Science while working under the Mayor for the City of Fresno and maintaining his own mobile app startup business. Ahmed has released mobile apps that have been featured on Apple’s Top 100 App Charts and has collectively received over 6 million downloads for his apps worldwide. Ahmed is a third-year student at California Western School of Law. He is very excited to be working with New Media Rights, because as an entrepreneur he is determined to help artists and other creative individuals alike achieve their ambitions for their businesses. Ahmed hopes to use this excellent experience he is obtaining from New Media Rights not only to pursue his longtime dream of becoming an intellectual property attorney but to use legal knowledge to help grow his startup businesses. In his free time, Ahmed enjoys playing guitar, graphic design, and creating more apps.

Stacey Zumo

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

September 2019

Stacey Zumo is a 2L at California Western. A Baton Rouge native, she received her Bachelor’s in International Studies, with minors in German and History, from Louisiana State University. She spent over 4 years in Germany and Austria, learning German, teaching English, taking Sociology courses, volunteering with refugees and low-income immigrants, and advising international students on study visas and work permits. In the U.S., she has 8 months of experience working at Catholic Charities’ legal immigration services department, 4 months at UCSD’s international faculty and scholar’s office, and 2 years as a business immigration legal assistant at Higgs, Fletcher & Mack. She is interested in the intersections of immigration law, international business law, and entertainment law. 

Matthew Batista

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

September 2019

Matthew D. Batista is a 3L at California Western School of Law. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors in Environmental and Financial Economics, graduating Magna Cum Laude from California State University, Chico. He served in the United States Air Force for six years, earning the rank of Staff Sergeant and training with organizations such as the FBI. His legal experience consists of working for the Chico, CA based Community Legal Information Clinic in the Housing Department, for Chico, CA based civil litigation firm Griffith & Horn, LLP, and for the San Diego City Attorney's Office. Matthew is also a certified LEED Green Associate through the U.S. Green Building Council. He has a passion for sustainability, frequently writing for the California Western School of Law Commentary on environmental issues. Matthew has broad legal interests in environmental law, sports law, intellectual property law, real property law, international law, land use law, business law, and working with startups. When he is not studying, Matthew enjoys working out, running, watching sports, and browsing YouTube or reading at the end of the day. 

Gracie Pollard

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

September 2019
Gracie Pollard is beginning her 2L year at California Western School of Law. She came from a small town and dirt road back in Minnesota. She first came to California to attend school at San Diego State University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. After graduation, she worked in the finance department at The Hilton until she was able to take the LSAT. It has been a long time goal of hers to attend law school and become a lawyer. She chose to apply for New Media Rights to discover and understand areas of law in her interest including intellectual property and entertainment. She is also interested in helping creative people achieve their goals with their projects. She plans to use her time in law school to prepare herself to enter areas of entertainment or intellectual property once she graduates.