JEDIDIAH BERNSTEIN is a J.D. Candidate at Brooklyn Law School, and will graduate in June 2014. He specializes in providing legal advice to technology start-ups and non-profits, specifically in the realms of employment contacts, incorporation, intellectual property, and business strategy. He can relate to his clients’ needs because he was a BLIP client in the Fall of 2013. Jedidiah has a strong background in employment law. He has interned with the Social Security Administration, the United States Postal Service, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and with multiple courts. He is an Associate Managing Editor for the Brooklyn Journal of International Law, and is the Alumni Coordinator for Brooklyn Law School’s Labor & Employment Law Association.
JARED BRENNER is a second-year student passionate about transactional services and policy work for artists, new media, and the tech community. He interns in the legal department of a leading multi-channel network, where he is responsible for all copyright and trademark infringement issues and assists on a wide variety of other matters, including contract negotiations, real property, litigation, and state-level corporate filings. Jared is a musician and former politico whose pre-law work was in both houses of Congress and litigation support for high-profile patent disputes. He graduated in three years from The George Washington University in 2011.
PAUL FRAULO is in the class of 2015 at Brooklyn Law School, where he is a member of the Journal of Law and Policy, member of the Appellate Division of the Moot Court Honor Society, coach of the 2014 Transactional LawMeet team, Patent Chair of the IPLA, and a Student Advisor. Paul was admitted to the Patent Bar in December of 2013. He has experience preparing search reports and case evaluation / strategy for patents and trademarks. He has worked in the SDNY, and has experience drafting briefs and corresponding with clients. He also has business knowledge in new business development and incorporation processes. Paul studied Astrophysics and Economics at Williams College, and before coming to law school lived in Qatar for two years while working at a Boarding School.
MICHAEL JONES is a 3L at Brooklyn Law School. After graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Binghamton University in 2010, Michael came to law school to pursue a JD with a Certificate in Intellectual Property. Currently, Michael works as a law clerk at Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt dealing specifically with patent prosecution. Prior to that, Michael completed internships revolving around patent prosecution at Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, MPayMe, and Nielsen. Michael has experience working with large firms, boutique firms, startups and corporations. He also has experience in a variety of art units including; software, pharmaceuticals, surgical instruments, virtual cloud storage and mechanical devices. Aside from his work, Michael enjoys following football, baseball, hockey and basketball. Feel free to reach Michael [email protected]
BRIAN KIM is a 2L at Brooklyn Law School interested in intellectual property, international law, and working with tech start-ups. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2011 with a degree in Neuroscience. Some memorable experiences from law school and externships so far include helping immigrants obtain U visas, assisting music artists with contracts with music groups, and getting firsthand experience with start-ups through BLIP. After law school, Brian plans on working as an entrepreneur and patent attorney. His hobbies include working out, watching movies, and reading.
DIYA LIU is a 2L at Brooklyn Law and loves all things IP. She graduated University of Texas at Austin with double majors in Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry and researched at a biotechnology lab for two years on an independent Antibody Engineering project. She also works as an independent fashion stylist, working with brands such as E! News, MTV Style, True Religion, and Glamour. Diya has also interned for Marie Claire. She is a co-founder of a new website called the Stylish Sophisticate, a digital magazine that focuses on professional style.
PATRICK MCCLAY is a 2L at Brooklyn Law School mainly interested in intellectual property and especially patent prosecution. After graduating from California Polytechnic State University with a degree in Bio-medical Engineering, Patrick came to law school to pursue a JD with a Certificate in Intellectual Property. Outside of school, he has spent his time examining patent applications at the USPTO and as an extern in The Nielsen Company’s legal department. He has a passion for new technology and hopes to apply his legal knowledge to assist the start-up community, particularly in the area of medical devices. In his free time he enjoys running along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, snowboarding, and rooting for the San Francisco 49ers.
SARAH MERRY is a 3L at Brooklyn Law School, where she is the Executive Articles Editor for the Journal of Law & Policy and a member of the Moot Court Honor Society. She comes to BLIP having served as a judicial intern at the Bronx County Supreme Court, a summer associate at the Dramatists Guild of America, and a legal intern at both CHANEL Inc. and Stuart Weitzman. In these placements, she drafted numerous legal briefs, motions, memoranda, and client correspondences. At BLS, Sarah earned the CALI Excellence Awards in Trademark Law, Legal Drafting, and Negotiations. She thoroughly enjoys all things litigation and trademark related! In March 2013, Sarah placed as a top-ten oralist in the Cardozo/BMI Entertainment and Communications Law Moot Court Competition. In BLIP, she is focusing her work on trademark and copyright disputes, incorporation matters, and challenges to the current law posed by the development of new media/digital technology. Prior to law school, Sarah earned a degree in Finance from Santa Clara University and studied the international textile trade at the London College of Fashion.
TAIER PERLMAN is a soon-to-be graduate of Brooklyn Law School with experience in public interest lawyering, dispute resolution and legal counseling to new business ventures. Her experiences prior to and in law school have been diverse and rewarding: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/taier-perlman/59/651/920 . In BLIP Taier has focused her work on IP protection (copyright and trademarks), contract review and drafting, and incorporation guidance to start-ups. In her limited spare time Taier enjoys reading books about the digital world and its future, meditating, creating visual art, hiking up mountains, and spending time with her family (she is the oldest of five). You may reach her at: [email protected].
GALEN REEVES-DARBY is a 2L at Brooklyn Law School with a passion for art. A true southerner at heart, upon graduating from the University of Texas at Austin’s Plan II Honors program he packed his belongings and made the long hike north to New York City. He has significant experience in several burgeoning areas of intellectual property rights including digital copyright issues, trademark, synchronization licenses, and incorporation needs. In the past he has worked for record studios and labels from Los Angeles to Austin, Texas and brings a wide variety of skills, experience, and genuine enthusiasm to each project he undertakes. He hopes to one day own his own media company. In his spare time he enjoys playing basketball and writing and producing his own music.
JACOB RUBINSTEIN is the Director of the Blog, and is interested in privacy, trademark, copyright, patent litigation, technology, 3D printing issues and trade secret law. Jacob’s interest in privacy issues is what inspired him to get a CIPP (Certified Information Privacy Professional) certification. In 2011, he graduated from Excelsior College in Albany with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a 4.0 GPA. In previous semesters, Jacob interned at companies such as Thomson Reuters and The Nielsen Company. Jacob initially developed an interest in intellectual property prior to law school, as a National Sales Director at Professional Sports Publications and as the Director of Sales and Marketing at Atlantic Feather. He also wrote a book called the Voice of Jacob in 2007 in honor of his wedding. In his free time, Jacob enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters, reading up on presidential history and watching Seinfeld re-runs.
ALANA SIVIN is a third year law student with experience in food regulation, education, and non-profit law. A former educator and graduate of Columbia University, she is interested in helping sustainable and socially conscious businesses obtain the tools they need to succeed. During her time at law school, she has worked for a federal judge and food and employment law firms in New York City. She is an active member of moot court, Brooklyn Law School’s Journal of Law and Policy, and is fluent in Spanish. When Alana’s not busy managing BLIP’s social media platforms, she spends her time running, trying new restaurants, cooking, and blogging at legallyvegan.com.
JACQUELINE SPAGNOLA is currently a 3L, advanced BLIPician at Brooklyn Law School from New York City. She has focused her studies in Intellectual Property, with a passion for Fashion, Art, Music, and Entertainment Law. She has held legal positions at Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles and Dreamworks/Classic Media, Epic Records, Universal Music Group, and Chanel, Inc. in New York City. She received her Bachelor’s degree at Villanova University and studied at the international universities of Cairo University in Egypt, University of Barcelona in Spain, and University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China. She is very passionate about intellectual property in the legal realm and is eager to start her career in the field!
BOYAN TOSHKOFF is a 3L at Brooklyn Law School, and is interested in data privacy and drones. He majored in Economics at Colgate University, completing numerous Computer Science, Philosophy, and Environmental Science classes along the way. At Brooklyn Law School, he has focused on privacy and intellectual property law and has interned at Docracy, the Nielsen Company, Tipping Point Partners, and the Federal Trade Commission. He was a member of the 2013 Transactional LawMeet team, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US). He is a fitness and nutrition junkie, an adrenaline addict, a lover of the outdoors, and a constant reader.