About

 

Creative Rights is the result of several years of careful and thorough planning by its cofounders, Brandon Weiner and Travis Rimando, two recent graduates of The University of Michigan Law School. Mr. Weiner and Mr. Rimando have founded nonprofits in the past and have extensive experience in the operations of both art and legal nonprofit organizations. As professional artists prior to law school, the cofounders are uniquely positioned to understand the needs of their clients.

Brandon Weiner
Executive Director

Brandon received his BA and MA from Emory University in intellectual history and his JD from the University of Michigan Law School. He is a licensed attorney in the state of Michigan.

Brandon has a long history of public interest work. He co-founded the nonprofit New Media Rights and has worked for the Utility Consumers’ Action Network, the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, Kids Korps USA, and served as a legal intern at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Brandon’s passion for the arts comes from his own eclectic background as an artist. He has been employed as both a videographer and graphic designer, enjoys making indie synth-pop music in his spare time, and is currently a member of a Los Angeles-based artist collective.

 

Travis Rimando
Co-Founder/ California Supervising Attorney 

Travis is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Michigan Law School. He served as a legal intern for California Lawyers for the Arts and The First Amendment Project. Travis received the 2011 Dores McCree Award for outstanding service to the Michigan Law School community.

He is a national award-winning DJ with over a decade of professional club and radio experience. He has been a member of several bands, including Atlantic Records recording artists The Transplants, who headlined the 2005 Vans Warped Tour.

Travis also has experience in music education and academia. He co-founded both the NorCal DJ & Music Production Academy and BEATZ, and has lectured at UC-Berkeley, UCLA, and U of M.

 

Cliff Helm
Director of ArtsLabs

Cliff received his JD from the University of Michigan Law School where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review. He is currently leading the ArtsLab project, an inter-disciplinary educational project at the University of Michigan providing experience-based entrepreneurial and legal education to students in the arts.

 

John Hughes
Senior Staff Attorney

 

Brian Carbine
Creative Director for Origins and Endings

 

Seth Weiner
Design Director

Seth is a self-taught musician who received a BFA from the University of Michigan’s School of Art & Design and recently completed a degree in architecture from Sci-Arc’s graduate program in Los Angeles. He has shown work in Paris, NYC, Detroit and Los Angeles and is currently an instructor at the Art Institute of California-Hollywood.

 

Meta Stange
Event Coordinator

 

Margaux Forsch
Project Coordinator

 

Violet Lynch
Curator

 

Jordan Kifer
Event and Fundraising Intern

 

Eleanor Davis
Public Relations and Social Media Intern

 

Alyssa Porritt
Fundraising and Public Relations Intern

 

Sarah Pratter
Law Student Attorney-In-House

 

Brittany Berckes
Law Student Attorney-In-House

 

Ruth Blaskis
Law Student Attorney-In-House

 

Tak Matsushita
Law Student Attorney-In-House

 

Luke Wolf
Law Student Attorney-In-House

 

Karolina Powalka
Law Student Attorney-In-House

 

Kelly O’Donnell
Law Student Attorney-Architecture Clinic

Kelly graduated from the University of Connecticut and is currently a 1L at the University of Michigan Law School. She has participated in CR Clinics at the Neutral Zone and the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture.

 

Truan Savage
Law Student Attorney-Architecture Clinic

 

Emmy Parsons
Law Student Attorney-Architecture Clinic

Emmy is a graduate of Northwestern University. She worked previously as an editorial assistant at People StyleWatch in NYC and is currently a 1 1/2L at the University of Michigan Law School. She has participated in CR Clinics at the Neutral Zone and the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture.

 

Alexa Nickow
Law Student Attorney-Music Labs

 

Sean O’Neill
Law Student Attorney-Music Labs

 

Jenny Kim
Law Student Attorney-Music Labs

 

Michael Sptulnik
Law Student Attorney-Music Labs

 

Andrew Kurland
Law Student Attorney-Music Labs

 

Jerusha Burnett
Law Student Attorney-Music Labs

 

Matthew Snyder
Legal Fellow

 

Ben Stange
New York Representative / Creative Director for In Progress

Ben has a BA from the University of Michigan theater program. His diverse talents have been put to use directing (Cloud Techtonics and The Everyman Project), choreographing (The American Crowbar Case and The Dance of the Seven Veils), and designing costumes (Spring Awakening and various fashion shoots). Ben is also a dancer and actor and serves as the Associate Artistic Director for the New Theater Project.

 

Monica Hamlett
Staff Writer

Monica has a BA in finance and international relations from Michigan State University. She currently works as a Social Compliance Auditor at Mastronardi Produce. She has worked at WellSpring Cori Terry & Dancers and as a Kiva Fellow in Nicaragua. Monica has a passion for creating jewelry and runs her own custom design jewelry business, Ann Bernadette.

 

Past

Amber Hughson
Assistant Director
Steve Rich
Senior Counsel
Kim Cross
Philanthropy Advisor
Peter Keros
Summer Legal Intern
Matthew McHale
Legal Fellow / Imagineer
Helen Ji
Law Student Attorney
Camille Bonham
Development Coordinator
LisAurel Winfree
Social Media Coordinator
Meagan Harris
Public Relations Intern
Emily Goodwin
Event Assistant
Cindy Wang
Event Assistant
Tekikki Walker
Imagineer