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Visiting Artists

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 Zach Helm, 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 Margit Livingston, 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.