Spotlight Interview

FinTech Spotlight Interview: Erin Fonté

By: Maria Pigna*| Staff Writer

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“Technology is value neutral, and it’s all about how it’s used.” FinTech panelist and Texas attorney, Erin Fonté, expressed her insight on the growing age of technology and its impact in the legal arena.  The Stanford Law 2002 graduate always knew she wanted to focus on technology, along with her interest for policy and regulations.  Fonté has based her practice on helping clients with general banking questions and online/mobile fintech startups, not to mention helping retail clients like Whataburger with their innovative app to introduce mobile payment and loyalty/rewards features.  Fonté’s work has her constantly learning about technological developments like block chain technology to keep up with the quickly-changing and evolving banking and financial technology space. Continue reading »

JBIPL SYMPOSIUM SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW: PROF. ARTHUR WILMARTH

By: Zack Young*| Staff Writer 

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On February 10, 2017, the Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law (“JBIPL”) hosted its Spring Symposium: Banking Law: Current and Future Issues. JBIPL’s Zack Young had the opportunity to sit down with Arthur Wilmarth, a Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School and one of the panelists on the Community Banking Panel, to discuss some of his insights on community banking and banking law in general. Continue reading »

DIY Home Funeral

By: Molly Pearce* | Staff Writer

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Caitlin Doughty and Amber Carvaly founded a business in California called Undertaking LA. Their business encourages and teaches families how to be more involved in end-of-life-rituals. Another similar company, the Fitting Tribute Funeral Services, offers green burials, witness cremations and post-cremation memorial services. Fitting Tribute is known for offering “anything that makes celebrating a life live more personalized and more meaningful.” For many, traditional funerals are not preferable or economically feasible, and home funerals offer a more intimate alternative. For many, eco-friendly alternatives are more appealing. This movement towards more natural funeral experiences has also expanded to burial decisions. David Wolfe’s website discusses innovative ideas for using organic burial pods to turn remains into trees. These biodegradable urns and pods could be utilized to create a “memory forest” as opposed to a cemetery. Continue reading »

Your Editors: A Spotlight on JBIPL’s 2015-2016 Leaders

In preparation for the upcoming JBIPL editorial interviews, some of our editors have given spotlight interviews about their positions. Each editor would like to thank the interviewees for their time and participation. We look forward to choosing an amazing group of leaders for the 2016-2017 academic year!

Tim McLister, Editor-in-Chief

My name is Tim McLister and I am the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law. My responsibilities on the Journal are twofold: internally and externally. Internally, I am the final tier of the publication process before the article is sent out to the author for final approval, and to the printer for publication. In order to succeed in this role, one must be well-versed in the Bluebook and have an obsessive attention to detail. Externally, I often communicate with the Journal‘s Faculty Advisors, Board of Advisors, and published authors. In addition, I handle all budgetary matters, award credit hours to Journal staff, and coordinate with school administration. This role requires one to be a driven leader, a terrific communicator, and above all, a team player.

My role as Editor-in-Chief has opened me up to numerous challenging and rewarding experiences over the past year, in which my successor must be aware. To date, the challenges I have faced directly involve a substantial time commitment to the Journal. My successor must be able to balance his/her studies in addition to a full-time job on the Journal. Fortunately, this commitment has rewarded the Journal with several accolades. In just nine months, the Journal‘s blog ranked the #1 educational blog in the country by The Expert Institute, ranked the #8 Law Review in the category of science and technology, and hosted one of its most successful symposiums to date. The Journal was able to accomplish so much this year because of the team that was assembled. Everyone — the Board, the Editorial Staff, and Staff Members — bought into the Journal this year and deserves much appreciation. I expect the proceeding Journal‘s Board and Staff to build on these successes for many years to come. contact - mclitm14@wfu.edu

Jane Garrity, Executive Editor

3570091358_d71631de2a_oI have served as an Executive Editor for the Journal for the 2015-2016 year. As an Executive Editor, I am involved in the editorial process from start to finish. The position is unique in that it requires keen attention to detail and leadership skills.

The EE is responsible for sending out the articles to staff members. Eventually, the article comes back to the EE after being edited by staff members and Article Editors. During the process, I am available to answer any questions of staff members and Article Editors. Once the edited article comes back to me, I ensure that all citations are proper and consistent. In addition to the editorial process, the EEs are responsible for training the new staff members and providing the training materials. contact – garrjc9@wfu.edu

Emily Morris, Articles Editor

My name is Emily Morris, and I am a 3L holding the position of Articles Editor. In my role, I managed a great group of journal members. I edited their spading and compiled it. I have really enjoyed working with my spading group and being a part of the Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Boardcontact - morreg13@wfu.edu

 

Eli Marger, Managing Editor

Wake Forest Univ. Law School Head Shots 8/16/13I wanted to become Managing Editor because I thrive in leadership roles and really enjoy coordinating people and tasks towards a greater end.  While at the University of Florida, I was president of the university’s largest honor society, and had many similar tasks to what I am asked to do as Managing Editor.  Both positions entail a lot of communication, which becomes especially important when conflicts arise, either between members or regarding something like an event or an article.  After meeting with the previous Managing Editor, it seemed like the position would be a great fit.  She trained me thoroughly last year, and I felt ready to take on the position by the time my term began.

Managing Editor is a position that requires equal parts technical proficiency and people skills.  As the head of internal Journal operations, I take on such tasks as coordinating the spading process, handling board interviews, formatting articles and issues, and communicating with various editors while an article is being spaded.  I consider myself quite proficient at Bluebooking, but the biggest key to being successful in my position is being able to communicate effectively, go through articles with an eye for detail, and to perform my managerial tasks, all in mind of Journal-wide deadlines. contact – marge13@wfu.edu

Colin Kennedy, Executive Editor

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My name is Colin Kennedy. I serve as one of the Executive Editors of the Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law.  As an EE, (along with Cameron Brown and Jane Garrity) I am responsible for editing articles both “above” and “below” the line.  In addition to being the final authority on all issues related to the Bluebook, my main function is to see an article through from start to finish.  The process begins with the author’s unedited manuscript, and ends when the article is sent to press.  Along the way, I coordinate the work of the Articles Editors and collaborate with a number of other editors when issues related to the editing process arise.  contact – kennct13@wfu.edu

Anastasia Fanning, Manuscripts Editor

24dc558I was really excited to be Manuscripts Editor because it was an opportunity to really be involved in the substantive print of the Journal.  In this role, I have been able to learn a lot about many business and intellectual property topics.  While this can sometimes be time consuming, it was also a great way to take a mandatory break from other work.  It has also been a great way to work with professionals and other law students who are interested in the same topics I am.  I have really enjoyed working with different authors and also having the opportunity to work with the Board and to get their thoughts on different articles, notes, and empirical studies.  One of my favorite things about being Manuscripts Editor has been the autonomy of the position, but equally having deadlines for having each of our issues settled and sorted out, and having that sense of having contributed to something great. contact - bondae13@wfu.edu

Sarah Gallas, Articles Editor

2e4c600My name is Sarah Gallas, and I am a 3-L. This year, I held the position of Articles Editor on the JBIPL Board. In my position, I managed a group of journal members for each article, organized their spading, and completed a higher level spading of their work. I really enjoyed working with the members of the journal and being involved in the work done with each published article! contact - gallsa13@wfu.edu

Cameron Brown, Executive Editor (EE)

3570091358_d71631de2a_oHometown: Granite Bay, CA

Legal Interest: Business and Real Estate Transactions

Favorite Law School Class: Negotiation

Favorite JBIPL Memory: Symposium Dinner with Panelists at Fratelli’s

Board Position: Executive Editor (EE)

Job Description: An EE is responsible for the entire spading process for a third of the articles. Upon receiving an article, the first step is to “prespade” the article. This involves correcting any obvious errors in the text and adding footnotes for unsupported assertions made by the author. After the prespade, the next step is to assign footnotes to the staff members and send the article to the staff with the timeline for completion. Finally, once the article has been reviewed by the staff and the Articles Editors (AEs), the final step is to “superspade” the article. This involves making sure that each footnote is correctly cited and matching each footnote with its cited source.

Ideal Candidate: There are three critical skills for an EE. First, an EE must be willing to keep learning the Bluebook rules. It is impossible to memorize every Bluebook rule, but an EE should be able to identify any obvious mistakes in a citation and know where to look to find the correct citation form. Second, an EE must be able to communicate well with the rest of the staff. An EE is the primary point-person for their articles, so he or she must be able to clearly convey to the staff and AEs the issues that need to be addressed in the spading process. An EE must also make sure that the entire staff and editorial board are on the same page regarding the timeline of the article. Third, an EE must be someone with a strong work ethic. The EE position requires long hours over short periods of time, especially during the superspade process. It is critical that the EE stays sharp throughout the entire superspade, as many spading mistakes are only discovered upon very close scrutiny. contact - browc213@wfu.edu

Joey Greener, Marketing Editor

Wake Forest Univ. Law School Head Shots 8/16/13My name is Joey Greener, and I serve as the Marketing Editor for the Journal. This year I worked closely with our Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor to contact Journal alumni and Intellectual Property attorneys in order to offer them subscriptions. We also paired our new staff members with alumni who work in practice areas they are interested in pursuing. Lastly, I worked with our Symposium Editor for the marketing for our spring Symposium. I supervise the twitter account for the Journal, and with the help of staff members live tweeting the event, we doubled our twitter followers and brought thousands of touches to our twitter page and the Law School’s main page. contact - greejb13@wfu.edu

Blaydes Moore, Notes and Comments Editor

2014 HeadshotMy name is Blaydes Moore, and I am a 3L serving as Notes and Comments Editor for the Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law.  I provide support to students writing their note, comment, or empirical study for the Journal.  Along with Kayla Fredrickson and Maggie Dickens, I research and evaluate topics, edit student work, and coach students with the goal of publishing the article.  I also participate in planning social events and generally support other staff and board members. contact - moors213@wfu.edu

 

Spotlight Interview: Robin Williams’ Son, Zak Williams, Speaks Out on the Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness

By: Sarah Wesley Wheaton* | Staff Writer

On September 24, Zak Williams, the oldest son of the late Robin Williams, flew to North Carolina to speak at the Evening of Hope about mental illness and the impact it can have those suffering and their family and friends. The Evening of Hope is an event run annually by Foundation of Hope, a 501(c)(3) not-for profit dedicated to raising awareness and finding cures for mental illnesses.

Interviewer, Sarah Wesley Wheaton, poses with Zak Williams

Interviewer, Sarah Wesley Wheaton, poses with Zak Williams

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Disc Jockey to Juris Doctor, Spotlight Interview

By: Rivver Cox* | Summer Guest Writer

COE RAMSEY practices entertainment and communications law at Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP in Raleigh, North Carolina. His music and entertainment law practice includes representing major recording artists and producers, songwriters, and other artists. Coe advises his clients on copyright and other intellectual property disputes, music licensing, record contracts, publishing agreements, and live performance contracts. His communication law practice emphasizes FCC regulations, corporate transactions, and intellectual property matters where he advises his television and radio clientele. Coe’s passion for music and broadcasting arose from his young career as a disc jockey for 102 JAMZ of Greensboro while he was in high school. In addition, Coe is an Adjunct Professor at his alma mater, Wake Forest University School of Law, where he lectures on Entertainment Law.