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Student’s Essay Takes Her to GRAMMYs

February 8, 2008

New Wave staff

Third-year law student Abbott Jones arrived at the Tulane publications office for her photo session with a beaming smile on her face and excitement in her voice. No wonder — she was about to jet off to California for the GRAMMY Awards and a round of celebrity events as a special honoree of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

third-year law student Abbott Jones

Before she jets off to California, third-year law student Abbott Jones poses for a photograph. Her entertainment law essay is one of the top five in the country in a recording academy GRAMMY competition. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

One of five national finalists in the Entertainment Law Initiative writing competition, established by the GRAMMY Foundation, Jones is attending the music industry’s awards event, which will be broadcast live on Sunday (Feb. 10) at 7 p.m. central time.

“In addition to the scholarship I get just for being a finalist, the GRAMMY Foundation will be flying me out to L.A. to attend a luncheon with some entertainment law bigwigs, where they’ll announce the winner, who will get an additional scholarship,” said the 24-year-old from Birmingham, Ala., before her departure.

“We’ll also be going to the person-of-the-year dinner, where Aretha Franklin will be honored. And, of course, we’ll be going to the GRAMMYs on Sunday.”

Neil Portnow, president of the GRAMMY Foundation, said, “This significant event during GRAMMY week provides a unique opportunity to bring promising entertainment law students and seasoned professionals together.”

In the national legal writing contest and scholarship program, cosponsored by the American Bar Association, law students from across the country are invited to research, analyze and submit 3,000-word essays on important issues facing the entertainment community. The Entertainment Law Initiative finalists’ essays will be published in professional law journals.

Jones submitted a reworked section from a directed research paper she did last semester under the supervision of Glynn Lunney Jr., the McGlinchey Stafford Professor of Law in the Tulane Law School.

Her essay, entitled “Yours, Mine and Ours: The Joint Authorship Conundrum for Sound Recordings,” focuses on the issue of joint authorship in sound recordings, and how that issue may become a problem when artists begin exercising their termination rights in 2013.

The senior managing editor of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal and a member of the Moot Court Team, Jones also is an avid musician and writer.

Upon graduation, she will be clerking with Judge Karon Bowdre of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. She hopes to practice entertainment law.


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