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Mulraine Named Director of Music and Entertainment Law Studies

May 23, 2018 loren mulraine

Professor Loren Mulraine was recently named the Director of Music and Entertainment Law Studies at Belmont Law. Professor Mulraine began his legal career in Washington, D.C. as a government contracts attorney with the Federal Aviation Administration (F.A.A.). While at the F.A.A., he worked on a myriad of contract issues from small purchases to major systems acquisitions such as airport radar systems valued at more 100 million dollars. He relocated to Nashville in 1994 to pursue entertainment law, songwriting and music production. Prior to joining the faculty of Belmont University College of Law in August 2012, he had served as a professor in the Recording Industry Department of Middle Tennessee State University for fourteen years, where he rose to the position of department chair and interim Associate Dean of the College of Mass Communication. At Belmont, Professor Mulraine’s courses include Copyright Law, Entertainment Law, Entertainment Practice, Mass Media Law, and Intellectual Property.

Professor Mulraine focuses his scholarship on the intersection of intellectual property rights, social justice and economic justice. He also has an interest in religious liberty issues and has published and will continue to write in this area. Recent scholarship from Professor Mulraine includes RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: THE ORIGINAL CIVIL LIBERTY, Howard Law Journal, Vol. 60, No. 1; COLLISION COURSE; STATE COMMUNITY PROPERTY LAWS AND TERMINATION RIGHTS UNDER THE FEDERAL COPYRIGHT ACT – WHO SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY?, Marquette Law Review, Vol. 100; FAIR PLAY PAIR PAY: THE NEED FOR A TERRESTRIAL PERFORMANCE RIGHT, Belmont Law Review, Vol. 3:1; and I Am My Brother’s Keeper: How the Crossroads of Entrepreneurship, Media, Intellectual Property and Entertainment can be used to Affect Social Justice, (book chapter from Intellectual Property, Entrepreneurship and Social Justice – From Swords to Ploughshares, Edited by Professor Lateef Mtima; Elgar Publishing).

Because of the everchanging nature of intellectual property and entertainment law issues, Professor Mulraine remains committed to the active practice of law serving as Of Counsel with the Nashville firm Bone, McAllester, Norton, PLLC. He views his practice as a passthrough that immediately adds value to his students in his Entertainment Practice course as well as his other courses. Professor Mulraine’s legal clients span the full spectrum of entertainment law including music, film, television, book publishing, and copyright and trademark issues. His clients include music contest show winners (The Voice, The Sing Off and Sunday Best), successful participants on reality shows, Billboard charting and award-winning artists, songwriters and producers, songwriters with Gold and Platinum credits, filmmakers, directors, managers, independent labels, entrepreneurs and media entities.

When Professor Mulraine is away from the classroom and his scholarship endeavors, he remains active as a singer/songwriter, producer, musician, and worship leader. He has performed in concert and led worship in churches across the United States and international destinations including Australia, New Zealand, England, Canada, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Trinidad, Barbados, and St. Maarten. Professor Mulraine has released five solo albums and one EP, as well as several vocal group projects with the Breath of Life Quartet (BLQ). He has recorded as a vocalist and arranger with a number of artists and includes among his career highlights the Grammy award-winning “Tribute – The Songs of Andrae’ Crouch.” His most recent album release is entitled “Father Forgiven – Deluxe Edition.” Professor Mulraine is a graduate of The University of Maryland, College Park, and Howard University School of Law, where he was a Merit Scholar and the Lead Articles Editor of the Howard Law Journal. He serves on the Gospel Music Association Foundation Board, is a member of the Recording Academy, and serves on the Academic Advisory Board for the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property.