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 and privacy attorney with an interest in digital entertainment transactions, data-sharing agreements, and licensing.

 

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 education 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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Erica Loo

Student Fellow

Joined NMR in: 

January 2021

Erica is a San Diego native and is her second year at California Western School of Law. She currently serves as the treasurer for both Entertainment and Sports Law Society and Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. Before coming to law school, she graduated from UC Santa Cruz with BAs in Business Economics and Psychology and worked at a commercial real estate company.

Erica grew up playing music and has friends/family who are musicians and artists, which is how she became interested in working with those in the entertainment industry. Her goal is to pursue a career in the entertainment and/or intellectual property field working with people to help protect their creative contents and also represent artists. She is passionate about helping people and hopes to apply her business and psychology background by guiding and advising clients. 

In her free time, Erica enjoys hanging out at the beach, hiking and camping, or cooking and baking. She also has a rescue pup named Penny who is super energetic but very loving. Lastly, quite hard in these times, but Erica loves going to live shows. She can’t wait until concerts are back!

Maclean Bowers

Student Fellow

Joined NMR in: 

May 2021

I was born and raised in San Diego, CA and I am a 3L at California Western. Prior to law school, I graduated from University of California, Irvine with a BA in Business Administration. Because of my longtime career aspiration of becoming a sports agent, I joined UC Irvine Athletics as a Sports Marketing intern where I was the lead Community Relations intern in strengthening student-athlete presence and influence in Orange County.

During law school, I joined the Entertainment and Sports Law Society and applied my legal skills as a Law Clerk at Aguirre & Severson LLP where I realized how my work can have a profound impact on a client’s interests. My passion for the Sports and Entertainment industry coupled with my passion for creating opportunities for others encouraged me to be a part of New Media Rights in helping small businesses and creators reach their full potential.

I live close to Downtown San Diego with my girlfriend and cat, Dallas (named after the Dallas Cowboys of course!). I enjoy running, conducting sports data research, and watching The Office (I’m a HUGE fan!).

Mayra Hernandez

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

August 2021

Mayra Hernandez was born in Mexico City and has lived in San Diego most of her life. She currently serves as Intramural Athletics Director for Cal Western’s Student Bar Association. Before coming to law school, she obtained a Bachelors and Masters in mathematics. After which she worked on research in applied mathematics and taught mathematics from elementary on to college.  

In law school Mayra has helped trademark applicants as they navigate the trademarking process. Mayra has written about virtual worlds and is interested in cryptoart. Not an artist by trade, she loves to see the creative process unfold. Art being older than written language it’s so intertwines with our humanity that it can’t but also in simple and complex ways touch notions of how societies are organized and connect. As new media forms mature our own legal systems mature and evolve alongside, while at the same time offering our science and technology vitality in new expressive outlets. 

In her free time. Mayra enjoys hanging out, traveling, hiking, and being in the outdoors. She loves trying out new recipes. Being mostly vegetarian for the past decade has given her new opportunities to re-invent old favorite recipes or to think of new combinations. Mayra is a certified yoga teacher and can’t wait to go out dancing! 

Greer Houston

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

August 2021

Greer Houston was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She is a current 3L at California Western School of Law. Prior to law school, she graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Finance and a minor in Textiles & Apparel. Greer’s passion for combining creativity and business drove her to study intellectual property law. Last summer, she was an in-house legal intern for Taoglas, a leading multinational technology company.

During law school, Greer joined the Student Intellectual Property Law Association and the Women’s Law Caucus. She is currently a Senior Lead Articles Editor for California Western Law Review.  

Greer lives in North Park with her seven-year-old dachshund, Nala. Outside her studies, Greer enjoys cooking, walking Nala, and doing fun circuit workouts from social media.