Bobby Desmond is a student at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law. He currently serves as the Managing Editor of the Journal of Technology Law and Policy and runs an entertainment and media law blog, DJ Turned JD. His previous leadership positions include Vice President of the Entertainment and Sports Law Society, Student Recruitment Team Member, and ILSP Ambassador. He is also enrolled in the Intellectual Property Law Certificate Program and a member of the Intellectual Property & Technology Law Association.
Recently, Bobby was a legal intern in New York City at AMC Networks. In this role, he experienced the broad array of tasks that cross an in-house entertainment lawyer’s desk. He drafted a large variety of contracts for nearly every aspect of the cable television company, from acquiring films and shows, hiring talent and casting agencies, licensing copyrights and trademarks for merchandising opportunities, and more. He worked extensively on drafting new employment policies to protect the company’s trade secrets and unreleased programming from leaking or hacking. He also researched a variety of legal questions (including right of publicity, guerrilla marketing tactics, virtual reality, sponsorship identification, and more) and advised the marketing department and other areas of the business on those matters.
Previously, Bobby’s interest in telecommunications legislation and regulation lead him to a legal internship in Washington, D.C. at America’s Public Television Stations at PBS. Bobby assisted the General Counsel in researching and drafting comments filed in FCC proceedings. He also wrote legal briefs on a number of issues facing the television industry. His assignments ranged from ATSC 3.0 approval and the spectrum auction to statutory copyright licenses and trademark infringement.
As an undergrad at the University of Florida, Bobby Desmond received a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology & Law. During this time, he worked part-time as an on-air radio personality on WYKS Kiss 105.3 FM. Additionally, he hosted and directed two web-series and wrote a weekly television column for the Independent Florida Alligator. A proud first generation college student, Bobby also acted as a Peer Mentor for the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program.