Entertainment Law Fellow’s Summer Blockbuster: Role at Major Studio

SJD Christina Moore
Christina Moore '21

Christina Moore ’21 already had a background in entertainment when she applied to LMU Loyola Law School. Moore had worked stints at Variety magazine and in performing arts-center management. As part of the competitively selected Entertainment Law Fellowship, Moore was provided with faculty mentorship, industry mentorship, unique networking opportunities and specialized training – all during her first year.

Q: HOW DID YOU LAND YOUR SUMMER JOB?

A: After I was accepted to Loyola Law School, I quickly applied to the Entertainment Law Fellowship and participated in the program during my first year of law school. We had the opportunity to meet leaders in the entertainment industry. One of the group mentors happened to be Pilgrim Media Group General Counsel Gretchen Stockdale ’02. She and her legal team created a summer law fellowship program, and I was invited to apply.

Q: WHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING PART OF YOUR JOB?

A: I had the chance to write a memo on the right of publicity in California following the De Havilland v. FX lawsuit. This was particularly exciting because I had been following this case from its inception! I wrote about it in my application to Loyola Law School as an example of the type of law I wanted to study, and I finally had the chance to fully study it for this memo!

Q: WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST CHALLENGING ASSIGNMENT THUS FAR?

A: The most challenging assignment I’ve received so far is checking the status for international trademarks owned by Pilgrim Media Group. Learning the trademark search functionalities for the United States was already new for me, let alone finding the relevant information in the Philippines, Norway, etc.!

Q: WHAT NEW LEGAL SKILLS HAVE YOU ACQUIRED DURING YOUR SUMMER JOB?

A: I have been lucky enough to work on drafting contracts. That has rounded out what I learned in my first-year Contracts course, providing me with substantive experience with real documents between producers and studios in the entertainment industry.

Q: WHAT BIT OF LEGAL KNOWLEDGE HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO DISPLAY?

A: Mostly it’s been chiming in “unjust enrichment” or “sounds like fair use” during legal meetings! 

Q: HOW HAS LOYOLA HELPED YOU MAP YOUR CAREER PATH?

A: A lot! Loyola has been everything to me. The alumni network that sparked my interest in the law school is fostering my continued growth and success.