Raymond J. Dowd [raydowd]
What has been your experience with publishers?
West is the world's leading legal publisher. The good side of that is that Copyright Litigation Handbook really arrives to an audience that knows West is delivering a terrific product. The downside is that the publisher puts out so many titles that one can get lost in the shuffle. Since Copyright Litigation Handbook is updated annually, it is important for me to keep getting the message out and growing the list of subscribers. Fortunately, the reviews have been terrific. It can be found on Amazon with the review or at the publisher here: http://west.thomson.com/copyright-litigation-handbook-2010/160545/40323428/productdetail
What has been your professional experience in the arena of law? How long have you been in the profession?
I earned my juris doctor degree at Fordham University School of Law in New York City in 1991. At Fordham, I served on the Fordham International Law Journal as Articles Editor and wrote my note on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. My undergraduate degree is in International Studies with minors in Economics and French. My first summer in law school was spent at a law firm in Paris, France. During law school I interned for a semester for a federal judge and then worked in a law firm with an office in Italy. After law school I worked for two years in a law fim in Milan, Italy. From 1994 through 2006 I had my own law firm, working on litigation and transactions for an international clientele. In 2006 I joined Dunnington Bartholow & Miller where I am now a partner. I have conducted numerous trials and arbitrations and have handled many international transactions.
What types of cases interest you most?
Cases where I feel I can deliver a value-added for the client are the most rewarding. In the transactional context that means making the client money. In the litigation context, that means either creative problem resolution, on the one hand, or delivering the client's message to judge or jury in a powerful way, within a budget.
What is your blog address? What subjects do you deal with?
http://copyrightlitigation.blogspot.com/ Copyright Litigation Blog. I cover developments in copyright law, related intellectual property issues and litigation. I also cover issues relating to fine art, fair use and art litigation. Within litigation, I address problems of civil procedure and trial advocacy primarily in the federal courts. I try to illustrate concepts with visual examples.
What was it that made you create your blog? On what date did you start it?
I started Copyright Litigation Blog in 2006. I was coming out with my book Copyright Litigation Handbook, which is published by West and updated annually. My blog is a way for me to keep current, reach out to the community and get feedback, and to try out concepts that make their way into my book. It is also a way to let copyright practitioners know what is in the Copyright Litigation Handbook.
How has 'having a blog' contributed to your life?
I think the primary contribution is that I have met many terrific people through it, including journalists, fellow attorneys and current clients. It is a good place for me to tackle intellectual problems, such as case law developments, before I actually confront them in my law practice, so it keeps me a step ahead. It is also way for people to get to know my personality, what I care about and where I am philosophically. It also forces a certain discipline.
Raymond J. Dowd