February 18, 2013
Lectures, Readings and Discussions, Free Events
Bertis Downs Conversation
"Bertis Downs in Conversation: Don't Get Me Started – on Athens, music lessons, and of course, good schools for all kids…"
A conversation with Bertis Downs, former legal counsel and manager for R.E.M.
He represented the band R.E.M. throughout the band’s 30-year career and remains an advisor to the group’s various business endeavors even after its disbandment in 2011.
In 1988 Downs originated the Entertainment Law course at the University School of Law. Downs has always maintained his interest in teaching by speaking at various state and national continuing legal education and music industry conferences and groups such as the Practicing Law Institute, the Future of Music Coalition, South By Southwest, and the American Bar Association Forum Committee on the Entertainment Industries. Throughout his career, he has lectured widely at universities and law schools including William and Mary, Chicago, Harvard, Duke, Emory, Vanderbilt, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Emory, the University of Milan, the University of British Columbia and University College Dublin. His civic and sociopolitical interests include advocating for a vital public resource– our nation’s public education system. His main academic and professional focus is, like most everyone else in the creative industries these days, the changing legal and business landscape relating to the digital age of ubiquity.
Downs is active in various organizations has served on the boards of People for the American Way, Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation, Georgia Conservation Voters, Georgia Appleseed, First Presbyterian Church of Athens, Georgia and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.
Part of The Willson Center for Humanities and Arts' Global Georgia Initiative.
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