Entrepreneurship / Law - (California)
Diana Stern is a J.D. Candidate at UCLA School of Law, pursuing Specialization in Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Law from the Ziffren Center.
She also leads her business, Distributive (www.distributive.io). Distributive is a boutique innovation firm focused on advancing solutions to the most challenging business models and processes in the entertainment industry. Distributive works with tech and entertainment companies to optimize blockchain and distributed systems technology for the production, financing, distribution, and monetization of audiovisual content.
Diana's great interest in law is sustained by the inspiring technological and business developments that break open traditional legal rules for analysis. You can read more about her interest in this area on Diana's blog, blockchaintocontent.com.
In 2015, Diana completed an exchange program consisting of LLM (Master of Laws) courses at Queen Mary University of London in the United Kingdom. She received Distinction in International and Comparative Law of Copyright and Related Rights as well as in Intellectual Property Transactions. Prior to law school, Diana graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2012 with a B.A in Writing Seminars and French. Her poetry was recognized by the Three Arts Club of Homeland award.
Diana has garnered legal experience in a variety of fields, allowing her to satisfy the needs of clients who are pioneering innovation. Most recently, she was a Summer Associate in the Technology Companies Group at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP in Menlo Park, California. One year prior, Diana was the first Business Transactions Group Intern in Pandora Media, Inc.'s Legal Department. She has also interned for the Federal Trade Commission, a boutique entertainment law firm, and a law firm specializing in complex litigation. Finally, she was team lead of the junior legal consultants on the Emmy Award-winning HBO series, Silicon Valley.
In addition to her professional experience, Diana engages with the UCLA Law community as the External Relations Chair of Law Women of UCLA. Formerly, she was Co-President of Law Women of UCLA as well as the Assistant Managing Editor of the UCLA Journal of Law and Technology.
Diana regularly engages in pro bono work. She is a Member of the Board of the Directors at Ms. JD, a national non-profit organization that builds a pipeline of future women leaders in law through community building, education, and training. In addition, she is a member of the Coalition of Automated Legal Applications (COALA) where she participates in Intellectual Property Working Group. In 2015, Diana was a Student Advisor at qLegal, a legal clinic run by Queen Mary University that provides free legal advice to European startups.
In fall of 2016, Diana will be joining the first year class of associates at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP.