The Biederman Blog is an academic activity of law students at the Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute at Southwestern Law School.

The Biederman Blog is one of the most prestigious online legal sites, winning numerous awards from the ABA, and most recently Feedspot.

Feedspot said it reviewed thousands of sites that it indexes before rating the Southwestern Law School student-run project No. 30 among its top 52 blogs focusing on copyright law, a key component of Entertainment Law practice, based on its:

  • reputation and search ranking by Google;
  • influence and popularity on Facebook,
  • Twitter and other social media sites;
  • quality and consistency of posts; and
  • the site’s editorial team and expert review.

The Southwestern blog shares outstanding multinational company on the Feedspot list with top law firms, copyright law practitioners, legal reporting companies, government and nonprofit organizations, and just two other academic institutions: It ranks ahead of a student-run, online, scholarly journal of intellectual property and entertainment law at NYU Law and a Stanford University copyright and fair use site supported pro bono by

The Biederman Blog has regularly been named as one of the top 100 legal blog sites by the American Bar Association. Since launch, the Biederman Blog has had more than three dozen rising juris doctor candidates serve on its editorial board, posting about timely, intriguing developments in Entertainment and Media Law.

Our Law School, Institute

Southwestern Law School has been at the forefront of legal education for more than a century, an institution notable for its historic emphasis on diversity, public service and innovation. Founded in 1911 as an independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian institution, Southwestern is fully approved by the ABA and is a member of the AALS. It is the only law school to offer four J.D. courses of study that differ in scheduling and instructional approach, including traditional full- and part-time programs as well as a unique two-year alternative curriculum.

Southwestern’s 10,000 alumni include prominent public officials – from members of Congress to mayors, and over 200 judges – as well as founders of major law firms and general counsels of multinational corporations. The law school has strong ties to the legal, business, and civic sectors, and the Biederman Institute is closely linked to the entertainment industry in Hollywood and internationally.

The Institute takes full advantage of its position in the heart of the Entertainment Capital of the World and the Digital Coast. With the largest contingent of full-time entertainment and media law faculty of any law school, Southwestern also benefits from an extensive network of alumni and adjunct faculty who hold prominent positions in these industries. The institute sponsors more than 40 courses, 50 externships, a special law firm practicum, a scholarly journal, summer programs in Los Angeles and London, and presents lectures and symposia with industry leaders. Southwestern also established the first LL.M. program in Entertainment and Media Law in the country, and just launched the first online LL.M. in Entertainment and Media Law program as well.

Donald E. Beiderman, the founder of the Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute

The Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute is named in memory of Professor Donald E. Biederman (1934-2002), a highly admired teacher, scholar and pioneer in the world of entertainment and media law and the Institute’s founding director.

Prior to joining Southwestern’s full-time faculty in 2000, Professor Biederman served for nearly two decades as executive vice president and general counsel and executive vice president of business affairs at Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., the world’s largest music publishing company. Earlier in his career, he was a partner in the law firm of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, vice president of legal affairs and administration for ABC Records, Inc., and a general attorney for CBS Records Group, among other positions in private practice and government.

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