Become a Member

Membership Requirements:

1. You are a member in good standing of the State Bar of California (or the Bar of another jurisdiction);

2. You have been for at least five years a member of the bar practicing copyright law.

3.  You attended at least 3 of the last 12 regular membership meetings of the Society, as a guest, prior to the date upon which you application is submitted; and .

4.  You need to submit a “letter of sponsorship” from a current member of the Society with your application.

5. Please print out this application and, when completed, please return this form and your check to:

AJ Thomas
Jenner & Block LLP
633 West Fifth Street, 36th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071

6. Include a check payable to the Los Angeles Copyright Society for $150, which will cover your dues for the current year plus a one-time administrative charge. If membership is not approved, your check will be returned to you.

Want to become an Associate?
LACS Associate Program Policy

A non-member who is an attorney in good standing with a state Bar but who does not meet the requirement for membership that he or she “[has] been a member in good standing of the State Bar of California (or of the Bar of another jurisdiction) with substantial experience in the copyright, entertainment or communications field for at least five years,” may become an LACS “Associate” by attending one meeting with the usual host requirement and then, within 60 days of that meeting, requesting in writing that he or she be added to the LACS email notification list. No board review, approval, or dues payment will be necessary for a person who submits such an application to become an Associate; the status will be bestowed automatically by the submission of the application.

An LACS Associate may, for a period of 12 months after achieving that status, attend meetings without the necessity of a sponsor host. He or she will be included on the regular email list of meeting notices, and he or she can RSVP on his or her own accord instead of, as now, by making his or her guest reservation through a current LACS member. LACS Associates shall pay the same dinner fee as paid by non-members. At the end of the 12 month period, LACS Associates may re-establish his or her Associate status by again complying with the requirements of paragraph 1, above. However, no LACS Associate may maintain Associate status for longer than 5 years.

RSVPs by members and their specifically invited guests have priority over RSVPs by LACS Associates. The LACS will notify Associates at least 48 hours prior to the meeting if there is no room at the event for the Associates.

Subject to all applicable By-laws, Associate status is not a pre-requisite to apply for membership. Associate status is an option designed to encourage and to facilitate attendance at meetings by interested parties who do not otherwise qualify for membership, without the necessity of having a host at every event.

The application for the LACS Associate program can be found here.


Aaron Moss
Greenberg Glusker

Catherine Bridge
The Walt Disney Company

Vice President
Joel Tantalo
Tantalo & Adler LLP

Andrew J. Thomas
Jenner & Block

Barbara Quinn

Laura Brill
Kendall Brill & Kelly

Jamie Frieden
Leopold, Petrich & Smith

Vivian Lee
21st Century Fox

Caroline Mankey
Akerman LLP

Dan Nabel
Riot Games

Ben Sheffner
Motion Picture Association of America

Ian Slotin
NBC Universal

Jay Spillane
Spillane Law Group

John Ulin
Arnold & Porter

Immediate Past President:
James Gladstone
Lionsgate Entertainment