Madison “Madi” Stern is completing her last year at California Western School of Law. Madi is passionate about working with creatives and entrepreneurs. She has familial roots in design and small businesses and learned early on to appreciate the beauty and value of those who think “outside of the box” to define and create their own success. Madi is a strong believer in empowering our youth in local, underserved communities. In 2016, she initiated a Teen Science Café Network chapter at the Elementary Institute of Science in Southeast San Diego.
Madi has held numerous positions in various industries before deciding to return to school to pursue a degree in law. After working in the nonprofits sector in New York City for a few years, Madi switched gears and partook in a 3-month immersive product management program, where she gained the skill set to lead cross-functional initiatives and bring physical and digital products to life. She moved back to San Diego in 2015 and opened an apparel brick and mortar store, which became profitable within months. Unfortunately, due to a conflict stemming from a naïve decision to use a DIY legal form website instead of hiring an attorney, she lost her business. This experience taught her about the importance of legal work and ignited her desire to become an attorney. Madi wants to use her legal knowledge and background in business to help other entrepreneurs steer clear from common mistakes that are made when starting and building a business.
Madi was born and raised in San Diego. She received her Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Chinese at Whittier College in Los Angeles. Madi is an avid tennis player. Her second favorite sport is boxing. She also enjoys surfing, skiing, snowboarding, and hiking. Madi loves to travel and absorb different cultures. When she is not studying or playing sports, she is on Duolingo learning new languages.
Carlos is a native of San Diego. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California San Diego, where he majored in Political Science with a concentration in Public Law and minored in Communications. Carlos currently serves as the Executive Editor of Notes and Comments for the California Western International Law Journal. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games, reading, and learning as much as he can about Esports and new technologies. In the future, Carlos hopes to grow his Esports company and work in the Esports field as a lawyer or as a business owner.
Stephanie is currently a second-year student at California Western School of Law. Before law school, she got her B.S. degree in Business-Marketing at San Diego State University in 2016. Throughout college, she held several marketing internships for small businesses. After graduation, Stephanie worked for two years at a small airplane leasing company, where she assisted with aircraft transactions and marketing. Stephanie's internships and post-graduate work experience gave her invaluable insight into working with small businesses.
During law school, Stephanie worked for the San Diego County Office of the Public Defender. There, she managed her own caseload of clients and gained experience in public service.
Stephanie will graduate law school in April 2021, and is hoping to work in public service. Some areas of law she is interested in are environmental law, public interest, and entertainment law. She hopes to spread awareness on environmental concerns and is looking to pair her passion for the environment with media and entertainment law.
Derek Diemer grew up with a passion for the film and television industry. As a philosophy student, he was interested in how language and media shape the way humans think and perceive reality. In law school, he was drawn towards intellectual property, entertainment law, and tax law, and has an interest in how the law may be used to improve the film industry in the modern age. At New Media Rights, Derek is excited to work with creative individuals, gain valuable experience, and explore new aspects of the law.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yvonne received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. She majored in Political Science with a concentration in Pre-Law. After graduating with Cum Laude honors, Yvonne moved to San Diego to follow her dreams of becoming an Entertainment lawyer.
Yvonne is a second year law student at California Western School of Law. She is passionate about providing legal services for creatives, particularly those in the music industry. Prior to joining New Media Rights, Yvonne worked as a tutor for first year law students struggling to handle their course-load. In addition, she is currently the Social Chair for her law school's Black Law Student Association, an organization that aims to provides academic resources to minority students. Yvonne has also received an Distinguished Advocate Award in oral arguments, as well as an Academic Excellence Award for her appellate brief while at California Western School of Law.
Yvonne is excited for the opportunity to help creatives in the entertainment industry while at New Media Rights. After graduation, she hopes to move to Los Angeles or back home to Atlanta where she can practice entertainment law.
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