Meet the NMR Staff

Art Neill

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, 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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Erika Lee

Assistant Director

Joined NMR in: 

May 2015

Erika is the Assistant Director 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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Rachel Newman

Student Fellow

Joined NMR in: 

January 2022
Rachel was born and raised in Orange County, California, and she is a current 2L at California Western School of Law. Prior to law school, Rachel graduated from the University of Oregon with a Political Science major and with minors in Legal Studies and Philosophy. While in law school, Rachel has worked for American Healthcare REIT, where she reviewed contracts and wrote memorandums for the in-house counsel. Rachel has also been involved in the California Western Community Law Project, and she is a Teaching Fellow for Contracts, as well as an Honors Instructor for Legal Skills.
Rachel has always been interested in the legal field, but she also has a creative side. She hopes to marry these two passions when she begins her career as an attorney, and she is very excited about the opportunity to utilize both passions through New Media Rights. Helping others carry out their creative vision is something that she is very passionate about.
Rachel lives in Mission Valley with five roommates, two of them being feline (Pancake and Eleanor). Rachel loves trying new restaurants in San Diego, going to live theater, watching Netflix, and curling up with a good book.

Justine Berard

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

May 2022
Justine was born in Montreal, Canada and raised in Washington, D.C. Prior to law school, she graduated from Clark University in Massachusetts with a B.A. in political science and economics. 
Since starting law school, Justine interned with Better APC, where she worked on various projects involving different types of business law including in intellectual property, employment, entertainment and contracts. The intersectionality of creativity in business law is something that excites her a lot. She is eager to collaborate with creators at New Media Rights and help them achieve success. 
At CWSL, she competed as an oral advocate for the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, served as treasurer for the Business Law Society, and is a current member of the Women's Law Caucus. Outside of law school, she enjoys hiking, yoga, surfing and anything active that San Diego has the offer. She is also an avid foodie and loves live entertainment whether it be a concert or sports game!

Katie Jackson

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

May 2022

Katie grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona, but has lived in San Diego for the past 12 years. She graduated from San Diego State University with a BS in Management Information Systems.

Katie is entering her third year as a law student at California Western School of Law. As a law student, she is a member of the Business Law Society and the Women's Law Caucus and is currently a law clerk for Parker Legal Group.

In her free time, Katie enjoys yoga, reading, traveling and going on runs with her adorable husky, Angel.