Just a reminder for anyone attending the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco this week: I will be presenting “IP and the Comic Book Superhero” with Brad Desnoyer and Janet Fries tomorrow, Friday, August 9th from 4pm – 5pm at the InterContinental San Francisco. Complimentary CLE credit is offered with the program. We hope some of the attorneys and law students in the audience can make it out there!
Not Guilty Due to Zombification? Law and Forensic Psychiatry in a Zombie Apocalypse is at Comic-Con tomorrow, Thursday July 18th from 8pm-9:30pm in Room 7AB. So far 610 people have marked themselves down as attending on the scheduling website, so it looks like we’ll have a pretty good crowd. We hope to see you all there!
My local comic book store, Star Clipper, is putting on a series of free lectures and movie screenings this summer called Comics University. Attendees can earn coupons, gift cards, and other prizes, and the course list looks like a lot of fun—and not just because I’m teaching a class on The Law of Superheroes on Wednesday, July 31st. Like the other Comics U classes, it will run from 7pm to 9pm. If you’re in the St. Louis area I hope to see you there!
(NB: There will always be standing room, but to reserve a seat for a class, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org the day after a class to register for the following class. For example, to register for The Law of Superheroes, send an email on Thursday, July 25th.)
In other convention news, I will be presenting at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco with Brad Desnoyer and Janet Fries. Our panel on “IP and the Comic Book Superhero” will be Friday, August 9th from 4pm – 5pm at the InterContinental San Francisco. Complimentary CLE credit is offered with the program. We hope some of the attorneys and law students in the audience can make it out there!
I’m excited to announce that I will be at Comic-Con International with the psychiatrists from Broadcast Thought, with our panel and mock trial about zombies, psychiatry, and the law. Ryan will not be able to make it, but we have an excellent guest attorney in Jeff Trexler, who writes The Legal View column at The Beat.
The official schedule has not been announced yet, but our panel should be Thursday, July 18th from 8pm-9:30pm in Room 7AB. As I understand it, Comic-Con has long since sold out, but we hope to see many of you there!
Also, parts two, three, and four of our interview at Something Deeper are now up, so check those out!
Last Saturday, May 18, I gave the keynote address at the 2013 Metropolitan Washington Mensa’s Regional Gathering. The address was entitled “This Is Not the Worst Thing You’ve Caught Me Doing: Iron Man, Comics, and the Law” and focused on the legal issues related to the Iron Man character, particularly as presented in the recent movies. Topics included weapons regulation, ITAR, the FAA and air traffic control and whether Stark might be liable for a DUI or related offense for using the Iron Man armor whilst drunk.
Pictures of the keynote inside! Continue reading
For many attorneys it will soon be annual CLE reporting season. If you need CLE credits, we may be able to help. We have partnered with Thomson West in the past to produce four online, on-demand programs with CLE credit available in most states:
What Superheroes and Comic Books Can Teach Us About Constitutional Law
Real-Life Superheroes in the World of Criminal Law
Everyday Ethics from Superhero Attorneys
Kapow! What Superheroes and Comic Books Can Teach Us About Torts
For a 20% discount on any or all of these programs, use code KABLAM2013.
And if you missed the IP and the Comic Book Superhero program presented by the ABA IP Section, it is available for pre-order as an audio CD for delivery on May 17th. It may be available as an on-demand program later, I’m not sure.
Finally, if you’ve already taken these courses or are looking for something different, keep an eye out for a new program (presented by Thomson West) to be announced soon.
This is a reminder of the live 90 minute CLE program this Friday, “IP and the Comic Book Superhero.” The program starts at 10am Pacific / 11 am Mountain / noon Central / 1pm Eastern. The program will cover many aspects of IP law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, publicity rights, and their tax implications with examples and inspiration drawn from both fictional superheroes and real-world superhero-related IP. We hope you can join us!
On Friday, April 26th at 10am Pacific / 11 am Mountain / noon Central / 1pm Eastern I will be co-presenting a live 90 minute CLE program called “IP and the Comic Book Superhero“, sponsored by the ABA Section on Intellectual Property Young Lawyers Action Group, the ABA Young Lawyers Division, the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, and the ABA Center for Professional Development. My co-presenters are Brad Desnoyer, associate professor at the University of Missouri School of Law and previous guest post author here at Law and the Multiverse; Janet Fries, of counsel at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP in DC; and Martha L. Voelz, a solo attorney in New York. The moderator is David Postolski, a patent attorney at Day Pitney LLP in New Jersey.
The program will cover many aspects of IP law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, publicity rights, and their tax implications with examples and inspiration drawn from both fictional superheroes and real-world superhero-related IP. We hope you can join us!
I will be speaking at the Arkansas Literary Festival on April 20th at 10am as part of the “Superhero Psychology & Law” panel discussion with Travis Langley, professor of psychology and author of Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight. The festival runs from April 18th through the 21st and features several comic book-oriented events and discussions this year. I hope to see you there!