Before she ever opened a law book, Pamela Jones JD '86, knew what kind of law she'd practice.
Her best friend growing up in Westport, Conn., was Pamela Sue Martin, who starred as TV's "Nancy Drew" in the late 1970s and as Fallon on the 1980s hit "Dynasty."
"I visited her in Hollywood one time and I asked her, 'Who runs the film business?' She replied, 'The lawyers do.' That's when I decided to focus on entertainment law," Jones said. Her grandmother was one of the first female lawyers in the U.S., graduating from New York University School of Law in 1894.
Jones has worked in many areas of entertainment law, mostly in the TV and music fields where the law must keep up with technological advances, such as streaming media. The solo practitioner has contributed to several law books on the topic of counseling content providers in the digital age and is a founding member of the entertainment arts and sports law section of the New York State Bar Association.
Jones, who is teaching a course on entertainment law at the School of Law this spring, also serves as outside counsel to A&E Networks, where she negotiates complex music publishing agreements for audio content to complement A&E's shows. She also represents Al Roker Entertainment and Peacock Productions, a division of NBCUniversal.
At Quinnipiac, she hopes to give students a basic understanding of the fundamentals of entertainment law, an understanding of businesses within the field of entertainment, and an opportunity to develop the ancillary skills - such as writing, presentation, contract drafting and being personable - that make any practicing lawyer successful.
"Entertainment law is a highly competitive field," said Jones. "I remember how important it was to me, as a Quinnipiac law school student, to have the opportunity to take Entertainment Law. I'd like to offer the same pathway of opportunity to current Quinnipiac law students and help them be the very best in the field."
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