The Visiting Artist Program seeks to bring to the College of Law
actors, directors, writers, musicians, painters, sculptors, and other
artists so that they may discuss with our students, faculty, and the
legal community the issues facing them as working artists.
The Visiting Artists, in dialogue with attorneys, law faculty and
students, share their perspective on the legal problems they encounter
in their profession, including copyright, contract issues, agency, and
moral rights. Through this dialogue we hope to further understanding of
these issues by both artists and those in the legal community.
Previous Visiting Artists
Hank Neuberger (2013)
In November of 2005, Jeff Perry,
CIPLITs first Visiting Artist, spoke on his multi-faceted career as an
actor, director, producer and teacher, and some of the legal issues
facing him as a celebrity and as the developer of new properties for
stage, screen, and television.
Austin Pendleton, CIPLIT's second Visiting Artist, with entertainment law attorney and DePaul alum,
Todd Musburger and
Professor Margit Livingston
gave a presentation focusing on copyright protection for a director's
staging of a play in January of 2007. The panel discussed this topic
along with other the legal issues facing actors and directors.The College of Law's third annual Visiting Artist in 2008 was
a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University, as well as an
acclaimed film writer and director. He discussed the recent
screenwriters' strike with Professors
Alan Salzenstein and
Margit Livingston.In 2009, one of the leading saxophone players of his time,
Frank Catalano, along with attorney Gregg Gansmann and College of Law professors
Ben Alba and
gave a lunchtime presentation focusing on the attorney-artist
relationship, as well as the legal issues Catalano has faced while
building his music career.
. To view the musical performance from the event, please click here.
In 2010, Brian Dennehy
discussed the impact of the law and legal representation on his career
as an internationally renowned stage, movie, and television actor with
Professor Margit Livingston.. Also in 2010, Bernard Maisner,
internationally renowned artist, calligrapher and fine stationer,
discussed legal issues impacting him as an artist and small businessman
with Professor Livingston.
To view the discussion with Bernard Maisner, please click here.
In 2012, Reginald Lawrence
discussed the legal issues that he faced in his multi-dimensional
career as a playwright, producer, director, and arts educator. He
focused on the life cycle of a theatrical production from dealing with
authors to hiring actors, directors, and crew to mounting the finished
production. He shared his perspective on legal questions related to
collaboration, intellectual property, and production credit.