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EDUCATION

JD, University of Denver, 2008

BA, Public Policy and Visual Art/Art History, Duke University, 2005

In Progress

MA, Critical Studies, Pacific Northwest College of Art, 2021 Candidate

MFA, Visual Studies, Pacific Northwest College of Art, 2021 Candidate

Partially-Completed

Music Business MBA, Berklee College of Music/Southern New Hampshire University, 2015

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Journal Articles

“The Day the Music Died: How the Department of Justice Unraveled Music Licensing to Create a New Ball of Confusion” in Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, Volume 33, Issue 1, Fall 2016. Web.

“Music Lawyers Taking the Rap: the Musicaliziation of Legal Ethics” in Sports and Entertainment Law Journal, Volume 4, Spring 2008. Web.

Other Publications

“Teaching Trans* as a Portal to Inclusion for All,” Discursive Impulse, Fall 2018. Web.

“Vinyl Equations: Robin Deacon’s Sonic Vibrations of Childhood Enlightenment,” Discursive Impulse, Fall 2018. Web.

“8 Tips for a Happiness Makeover to Transform Your Life” in Sivana East, Spring 2018. Web.

“7 Things You Need for a Creative Workspace at Home” in Mindbodygreen, Spring 2018. Web. 

“Navigating Your Network: Maximizing Your Contacts to Grow Your Wolf Pack” in American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Committee Newsletter, June 2016. Web.

“Covering the Covers: Untangling the Music Licensing Process for Cover Songs on YouTube” in American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Committee on the Entertainment and Sports Industry Newsletter, May 2016. Web.

“15 Tips for a Successful Law Practice” in American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Committee Newsletter, Spring 2016. Web.

“The Importance of Independent Contractor Agreements for Artists” in American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Committee on the Entertainment and Sports Industry Newsletter, Feb. 2016. Web.

“Oh, the Morality! Moral Rights in United States Entertainment Law” in American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Committee on the Entertainment and Sports Industry Newsletter, Dec. 2015. Web.

RECENT AWARDS AND HONORS

2015 Guest Judge, American Bar Association Arbitration Competition, Emory School of Law

2014 “Star of the Quarter,” American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division

RECENT INVITED TALKS

2018

“Concerning care in institutions: a discussion of institutional care, gender, and disability,” who cares? 38th annual gender studies symposium,” lewis & Clark College

2017    

“Launching a Music Career,” Future Music Attorneys, Emory University School of Law

2016    

“Pro Business RadioX,” Atlanta Legal Experts 

"Social Media and the Law: Beyond Our Comfort Zone" presented at “Social Media: Celebrities and Public Figures Legalities,” State Bar of Georgia

“Entertainment and Sports Contract and Negotiation Panel and Workshop,” John Marshall School of Law

“Music in Film,” Legal Mashup, Bronze Lens Film Festival

“Hit the Ground Running: Tackling Your First Year Whether as an Associate or Hanging Your Own Shingle,” American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division

“Hitting a Hole in One: Licensing 101 and Best Practices for Sports Industry Counsel and Professionals,” American Bar Association

“Sync or Swim: Sync, Micro-Licensing and Streaming Considerations for Artists,” John Marshall School of Law

2015    

“Minding Your Business: Representing Creatives in the Entertainment Industry,” Continuing Legal Education approved by the State Bar of Georgia

“Careers in Entertainment Law,” Emory University School of Law

“An Entertainment Law Panel Discussion,” John Marshall School of Law

“Social Media and the Law: A Blessing or a Curse?,” American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division

“Representing Musicians in a DIY Digital Economy,” San Diego County Bar Association

“From the Song to the Bank,” Americana Music Festival

“The State of Music,” Writing Sessions America Songwriter Seminar, 5Arts Fest

“Monetizing Your Copyrights,” Writing Sessions America

 “State of the Music Biz: I Want a Deal,” Writing Sessions America

“Atlanta Legal Experts with Attorney General Sam Olens,” Business RadioX

“An Overview of Synch Deals,” National Association of Record Industry Professionals

“Artist Alert: Covering Your Assets – Litigation in Entertainment,” Georgia Lawyers for the Arts

RECENT RESEARCH AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH 

2018    

Center for Biodiversity, Endangered Species Division Volunteer researching scientific evidence and drafting formal federal comments regarding the Pacific Northwest red tree vole 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2019                

Of Counsel, Rational Unicorn Legal Services LLC

2018                

www.ashleycouch.com

Freelance platform with clients including international touring artists in various genres, acclaimed producers with projects at major international film festivals, brands and companies whose creative content includes important political messages, law firms, alternative arts practitioners, and disruptive leaders in business.

2016-2018       

Associate Counsel and Artist Rights Consultant, Live Nation Worldwide, Inc.

2012-2016       

Founding Attorney, The Hollan Entertainment Law Group, LLC

2012-2014       

Conflict Defender, Georgia Public Defender Standards Council, Metro Conflict Division (2012-2014) and Cobb County, Georgia (2014)

2011-2012       

General Counsel and Vice President of Business Development, The Littlefield Group

2010-2011       

Tort and Environmental Litigation Project Attorney, King & Spalding, LLP

INTERNSHIPS 

2010                

DeKalb County Public Defender, Legal Intern

2008-2009       

TN Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Legal Associate

2008                

Nashville School of Law, Intellectual Property Law, Teaching Assistant

AEG Live, Concert Promotion, Intern

2007                

K.O. Sports, Inc., Legal Intern

Rock the Earth, Legal Intern

2006                

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Realty Division, Legal Intern

2004                

Fulton County Conflict Defender, Legal Intern

2002-2004       

Duke Primate Center, Intern

2001-2002       

Duke Epidemiology Research Center, Intern

EXTRACURRICULAR UNIVERSITY SERVICE

2008    

President, Phi Delta Phi; President, Sports and Entertainment Law Society; Staff Editor, Sports and Entertainment Law Journal, University of Denver

LANGUAGES 

Fluency in English; Basic French, Spanish and Italian

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Bar Association: Young Lawyers Division, Vice Chair of Committees and Editor 2016-2017; Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Publications Committee Leader 2016-2017; Young Lawyers Division, Committee on the Sports and Entertainment Industry, Co-Chair and Content Editor 2015-2016

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, Atlanta Board Member 2016

Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts, Volunteer Lawyer

Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, Volunteer Lawyer and Seminar Teacher

National Association of Record Industry Professionals, Guest Speaker, Honorary Member

Current and Previous Memberships: Georgia Bar Association, Shepherd Center Junior Committee, Knoxville Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, Atlanta Bar Association, Cobb County Bar Association