Belmont’s Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business conducted its 4th Entertainment Law & Professionalism Clinic earlier this month. Originally implemented in 2009, the clinic was developed to expose Belmont students to the practice of professionalism while serving entertainment industry legal needs at no cost to participating students.
This year’s clinic was staffed by CEMB Lecturers Drs. John Ouellette and Vincent Peppe, Assistant Professor of Music Business Dr. David Maddox and Associate Professor of Music Business Dr. Cheryl Slay Carr. The Clinic is operated through a partnership with the Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts, an arm of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville led by Executive Director Casey Summar.
This year’s clinic also afforded a select group of Belmont Law and undergraduate students the opportunity to participate as non-clients by shadowing clinic attorneys or supporting the administrative functions of the clinic. A companion professionalism convocation/seminar was offered by Dr. Slay Carr, who conceptualized the clinic to educate students on professionalism within the entertainment sector and instruct students on how to select and meet with attorneys and other business professionals.
Pedagogical insights from the Clinical Project are captured in an article by Slay Carr published in The Journal of The Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association.