Barbara M. Rubin

Assistant Professor
Executive Director, Entertainment Law Practicum

BA and MA, California State University, Northridge
JD, Loyola Law School


Barbara M. Rubin is a veteran entertainment attorney and partner at Glaser Weil who puts her extensive in-house studio business and legal affairs experience to work for writers, producers, actors, directors and small production companies in both reality and scripted television and film. She was dubbed a “top industry negotiator” by Emmy Magazine and is a Southern California Super Lawyer. She is known for her work as an educator, including her role as assistant professor and executive director of the Entertainment Law Practicum at Loyola Law School.

Prior to joining Glaser Weil, Ms. Rubin was a co-founding partner of the entertainment law firm of Peter Rubin & Simon. She has served as the head of Business and Legal Affairs for Spelling Television (reporting directly to Aaron Spelling), A&E Television Networks (West Coast) and Rysher Entertainment. Ms. Rubin came up through the business and legal affairs departments of CBS Television and Theatrical Films as well as Disney Television. While attending Loyola Law School, she taught at Garfield High School.

Twice elected to the Board of Governors of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and twice appointed to its Executive Committee, Ms. Rubin is an active member of the entertainment community. She was recently elected to the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s Professional Advisory Council and served on the Emmy License Fee Negotiation Committee and the Primetime Emmy Awards Committee.

In addition to her faculty position at Loyola Law School, Ms. Rubin has taught "Negotiating the Writer's Deal" at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is married to Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, Pierre Sauvage, and they have two grown children.

Selected Scholarship

Ms. Rubin is the author of two cover articles for the Los Angeles Lawyer: "The Secrets of the Business Affairs Executive" (co-authored with Kyle Stewart) and "Negotiating with Media Giants." 

Representative Academic Presentations

Ms. Rubin is often called upon to guest lecture or moderate panels at entertainment law events presented by UCLA, the University of Southern California, ATAS, the Association of Talent Agents, California State University, Northridge, as well as Women In Film, the California and Beverly Hills Bar Association, the National Association of Television Program Executives (NAPTE), eWomenNetwork and the Writers Guild of America. Ms. Rubin also serves on the Planning Committee for the USC Institute on Entertainment Law and Business.

Julie Shapiro

Julie Shapiro  

Professor of Law and Director,Entertainment & Media Law Institute

JD, Loyola Law School


Julie Shapiro ’89 is the Director of the Entertainment and Media Law Institute and associate clinical professor at LMU Loyola Law School.

A highly decorated and experienced attorney, Shapiro’s experience spans scripted and unscripted programming, new media platforms, domestic/international transactions, licensing, intellectual property and all aspects of production. Shapiro’s skills are extensive and diverse. She has worked on all sides of the business starting her legal career at The William Morris Agency. She built and led the business and legal affairs department of New Line Television, helped launch business/legal affairs for OWN: Oprah Winfrey’s Network and served as head of business affairs/general counsel to APA talent agency. 

Prior to joining Loyola, Shapiro served as a Vice President and Legal & Business Affairs Counsel for Endeavor Content, where she provided guidance and counsel over the development, production and distribution of scripted programming. A true Hollywood power player, Shapiro brings a wealth of experience and contacts to LLS.

In her role, Shapiro will build our entertainment law programming – including our Entertainment Law Fellowship and Entertainment Law Practicum – while bolstering our network of successful entertainment attorneys, including the crown-jewel Loyola Entertainment Alumni Network. She will work to solidify our standing as the best law school for those wishing to pursue a career in entertainment legal and business. Shapiro brings to bear a history of collaboration with all aspects of the entertainment industry ecosystem that will be invaluable for our students, colleagues, alumni and greater LLS community. 

Shapiro’s extracurricular activities include serving as a mentor and committee member for The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program, a mentor for Loyola Law School’s Fellowship Program and Board Member of Look What She Did, a non-profit whose mission is to tell the stories of women who transformed our nation.