In 2010, we hosted our inaugural Law & Comics event.  It was held in the old Federal Reading Room of the Law Library.  Our guests were Jerrell Conner, David McGowan, and Stu Rees.  George Brewster served as the distinguished moderator for the first time.  The theme for the first year was simply the Law and Comics.

Law & Comics 2010

Jerrell ConnerJerrell Conner

Jerrell Conner is a 2001 graduate of Otis College of Art and Design. He is a digital and mixed media artist. Recently he worked as the storyboard and layout artist, as well as supervising animator on Cheech & Chong’s Animated Movie (due out summer 2010). His art was featured in SPECTRUM: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art two years running. He is currently working with recording artists Ahmad and Kate Earl, on a music video and unannounced art project, respectively. Jerrell has created a series of characters over the past decade, all directly or loosely related to his graphic novel series, Revelations. Book two in this dark graphic novel series is due out late 2010, published by Lamp Post, Inc.

David McGowanDavid McGowan

David McGowan is the Lyle L. Jones Professor of Competition and Innovation Law and the Director of the Center on Intellectual Property Law and Markets at the University of San Diego School of Law. Professor McGowan received his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley, in 1990.

He teaches and writes about intellectual property (IP), antitrust and legal ethics. He is particularly interested in the economic analysis of IP policy and the intersection of IP laws and competition policy.

Stu ReesStu Rees

Stu is a local entertainment lawyer who represents mostly visual arts creators. Notably, Stu represents more than 100 cartoonists in their negotiations with the major newspaper comic strip syndicates, and more than 400 cartoonists and writers in a mix of online, greeting card, book licensing, and smaller syndication deals. He is the only lawyer specializing in syndication contracts.

Stu and his attorney wife, Maddy Dodson, draw and write their own law cartoons, Stu’s Views,  They have been published in several hundred print and electronic forums throughout the world.