Friday, September 26, 2014

Dunnington Partner Raymond J. Dowd’s Copyright Litigation Handbook Selected for Columbia Law School Copyright Dispute Resolution Externship



Copyright Litigation Handbook (West-Thomson Reuters 2013-2014 ed.), authored by Dunnington partner Raymond J. Dowd, was selected as the text for Columbia University School of Law’s “Copyright Dispute Resolution Externship,” taught by Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP  partners David Kappos and David Marriott.  The Externship is limited to eight competitively selected Columbia Law J.D. and LL.M. candidates and is divided into classroom and fieldwork components.   Following a weekly two-hour seminar, students split into four teams of two dedicate ten hours weekly to pro bono copyright dispute matters.  Fieldwork cases are identified by the Copyright Alliance, a nonprofit organization representing artists, creators, and innovators.  The Externship will impart a broad understanding of copyright through exercise of practical skills including case evaluation, drafting of complaints and answers, serving and responding to written discovery, trying a case, negotiating settlements, and drafting licensing agreements.    

Copyright Litigation Handbook is widely recognized by practitioners as an authoritative “hands on” guide to the Copyright Act and how it intersects with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Federal Rules of Evidence, and litigation practices unique to copyright.  It is currently in its seventh edition.

Dunnington partner Raymond J.  Dowd’s lectures on copyright litigation include the prestigious Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and the New York State Bar Association.  In 2007, he co-founded the annual Art Litigation and Dispute Resolution Institute at New York County Lawyers’ Association and frequently presents on art law.  At the 2009 Prague Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets, he was selected for an expert legal panel, and he has lectured widely at venues including the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the San Francisco War Memorial, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and many chapters of the Federal Bar Association. 

Mr. Dowd’s law practice consists of federal and state trial and appellate litigation, arbitration and mediation.  He has served as lead trial counsel in notable cases involving art law, copyrights, trademarks, cybersquatting, privacy, trusts and decedents’ estates, licensing, corporate and real estate transactions. He has litigated questions of Austrian, Canadian, French, German, Italian, Russian and Swiss law and handled contentious matters in Surrogate’s Court, including Matter of Flamenbaum,  2013 NY Slip Op 07510 (Nov. 14, 2013), where he recovered an ancient Assyrian tablet for the Pergamon Museum in Berlin.

Mr. Dowd is a graduate of Manhattan College (B.A. International Studies cum laude 1986) and Fordham Law School (1991), where he served on the Fordham International Law Journal.  He speaks French and Italian. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York, to the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and to the First, Second, Fifth, Seventh, Ninth, and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals.

Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP was selected as a 2014 Top Ranked Law Firm for Intellectual Property by Corporate Counsel/ALM/The American Lawyer.  Dunnington is a full-service law firm providing corporate, litigation, intellectual property, real estate, taxation and estate planning services for an international clientele.  Find out more at

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1 comment:

Ron Coleman said...

Bravo, Ray!