Scalia Law Alums Help Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Clinic Draft Influential Amicus Brief

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Jennifer Atkins of Cloudigy Law

Last spring, the Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Clinic at Scalia Law School filed an amicus brief on behalf of intellectual property law scholars in the Fox News v. TVEyes copyright infringement case. Assisting the students on the project was practicing IP attorney and Scalia Law alum Jennifer Atkins, who volunteered her time—and the time of her firm, Cloudigy Law—to work closely with the Clinic to craft a professional and influential brief.

Cloudigy Law is a boutique intellectual property law firm located in Tysons Corner, Virginia, that was founded by Antigone Peyton, another Scalia Law alum. Expanding the firm’s reach into all areas of IP law, Antigone recruited other Scalia Law alums including Clyde Findley and Jennifer Atkins to build a “cloud-based” intellectual property and technology firm that stresses client communication and offers an innovative service model that big law firms can’t match. Cloudigy’s attorneys stay on top of current developments in IP law through their Decoding IP blog, which includes podcast discussions of the issues important to their clients.

As a result of its unique approach and dedication to the client, Cloudigy has grown to eleven attorneys and technologists who offer high quality strategic advice to help identify and protect IP and realize its value. The firm uses sophisticated enterprise collaboration technology to effectively share knowledge and deadlines within its litigation team and with its clients. Cloudigy values the relationships it has built with smaller clients, and it has adapted and responded to changes in the legal services market to suit their needs.

Jennifer got involved with the Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Clinic through her Scalia Law alumni connections, partnering with Clinic Director and CPIP Senior Scholar Sandra Aistars and meeting with students to discuss project strategy. Because of her background as an appellate clerk for the Honorable E. Grady Jolly at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and her extensive appellate practice experience as a partner with Kirkland & Ellis, Jennifer was a perfect match for the Clinic—according to Professor Aistars, Jennifer was an “ideal and impressive partner.”

Emphasizing the role of an amicus brief in litigation, Jennifer encouraged the students to assume perspectives different than those of the parties and to utilize effective writing techniques to produce an outstanding brief that would be useful to the court. As the students worked through drafts, Jennifer made valuable suggestions that helped them get at the underlying policy issues and flesh out a persuasive argument. Working alongside a seasoned professional through the amicus brief process was a truly invaluable experience for the Clinic students and something that they’ll draw on as they begin their legal careers. Jennifer also expressed her appreciation for the opportunity to guide the students through the process, saying it was a “great way for us to give back to our law school.”

As the Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Clinic begins another semester of work, connections with Scalia Law alums and IP professionals* will continue to provide the students with unique opportunities and to foster the mutually beneficial relationships that represent Scalia Law’s esteemed IP law program.

*Lawyers and IP professionals who would like the Clinic to weigh in on a pro-artist copyright case or who would like to explore other volunteer opportunities with the Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Clinic may contact Sandra Aistars at saistars@gmu.edu.

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