Funding your Passion: Crowdfunding 101

September 19, 2014 | 3.0 General CLE Credits; WSBA #379932

Enabling artists and creative entrepreneurs to fully explore their work via community support has been a recent and exciting development locally, nationally and internationally. This program comprised of Lawyers, Artists, Legislative Experts and Academics will explore in two substantive panel sessions the methodology, challenges and opportunities in community sourced capital.

Overview

Co-Sponsored by Washington Lawyers for the Arts and Seattle University School of Law

9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Enabling artists and creative entrepreneurs to fully explore their work via community support has been a recent and exciting development locally, nationally and internationally. This program comprised of Lawyers, Artists, Legislative Experts and Academics will explore in two substantive panel sessions the methodology, challenges and opportunities in community sourced capital. Whether you are considering using crowd funding for your own project or advising your clients on their rights "Funding your Passion: Crowdfunding 101" will provide you the information and tools to support success as well as discuss the latest trends for distributing funds when a project does not work out.

Agenda

8:15 a.m. to 9:00
Registration and coffee service

9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
Welcome and program introduction

9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Session 1 - Kickstarter, Terms of Use, and the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act)
Tim Billick, Mann Law Group; J Kovach, independent artist and visual designer; Brian Rowe, Northwest Justice Project, Seattle University and University of Washington Schools of Law; Lucas Michels, IP and Business Law Attorney

10:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
BREAK

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Washington's Own Crowdfunding Bill, HB 2023
Jordan Rood, Washington State Department of Financial Institutions; Joe Wallin, attorney for emerging, high growth businesses and startup companies

12:30 p.m.
Session ends, program evaluations

Presenters

Tim Billick
Tim is an attorney in Seattle working at Mann Law Group. Previously Tim worked on an IP policy project for the University of Washington in the Center for Commercialization. He has interned in U.S. District Court, at Robert Friedman & Associates, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Snohomish County Prosecutor's Office. He was an editor on UW Law's Journal of Environmental Law & Policy and he's written on clean energy issues and cap and trade. He has also presented on clean energy issues for the Washington State Legislature. Early this Year Tim wrote a four part series explaining the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that can be found at TheWLA.org/?s=DMCA .

J Kovach
J is an independent artist living in the Seattle and working for Microsoft as a visual designer. She has successfully launched 2 Kickstarter projects, including one that survived a DMCA takedown. She is a musician, sculptor, painter, photographer and former gallery owner with 15 years experience in the local arts community. Her most recent Kickstarter project survived a Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown. Her recent art work includes mixed media pieces and remixes from the public domain and art work inspired by the steam punk movement.

Lucas Michels
Lucas' practice focuses on assisting businesses and individuals with their domestic and international intellectual property (IP) and business legal needs. Having worked in foreign regulatory compliance and lobbying prior to becoming a lawyer, Lucas understands the day-to-day legal and regulatory obstacles businesses and individuals face in the global market and works to develop individualized legal strategies to help meet and overcome these challenges. He currently assists clients with domestic and international copyright and trademark prosecution, IP and business litigation and arbitration, IP enforcement, IP auditing and portfolio management, IP and business transactions, and general IP and business legal counseling.

Lucas is also the founder and author of The IP Exporter, a blog focusing on international, cross-border and trade-related IP issues.

Jordan Rood
Jordan is an attorney at the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions - Securities Division. Prior to joining the Division, Jordan was a founding partner at SRC Legal PLLC, where he focused on providing small businesses and individuals guidance in business and intellectual property matters. He is a lifelong resident of the Puget Sound region and received a JD from Seattle University School of Law, BA from the University of Washington in Business and History, and an MA in History from Western Washington University.

Brian Rowe
Brian is a professor and techie working at Northwest Justice Project as the National Technology Assistance Project Coordinator (LSNTAP.org),and teaching at University of Washington and Seattle University Schools of Law in the areas of information privacy, ethics and social use of information. Brian currently serves as the chair of the Washington State Access to Justice Board's Technology Committee and is on the Faculty Advisory Board for Students for Free Culture. Brian has written and reviewed terms of service and is an active crowd funder on Kickstarter and Patreon.

Joe Wallin
Joe focuses his practice on emerging, high growth, and startup companies. Joe frequently represents companies in angel and venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, and other significant business transactions. Joe also represents investors in and acquirors of businesses, and provides general counsel services for companies from startup to post-public. Joe is the founder and editor of StartupLawBlog.com.

Pricing

General Registration - Attorneys - $125.00

Seattle University School of Law Alumni - Attorneys - $110.00

WLA Members - Attorneys - $110.00

Live Webcast - $125.00

General Registration - Non-attorneys - $45.00

WLA Members - Non-attorneys - $35.00