Dan Robbins appointed Chair of ULC Scope and Program Committee

(August 1, 2017) -

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For Immediate Release:

Los Angeles Attorney Chairs National Law Group’s Scope and Program Committee
Dan Robbins will serve 2-year term as Chair of Uniform Law Commission’s Scope & Program Committee

August 1, 2017 – Dan Robbins, Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) in Los Angeles, California, has been appointed to serve a two-year term as Chair of the Committee on Scope and Program of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC).  Mr. Robbins was appointed Chair of the Scope and Program Committee at the 126th Annual Meeting of the Uniform Law Commission, which recently concluded in San Diego, California.  The Scope and Program Committee is the committee which recommends the study and drafting projects which the ULC should undertake.

Other officers elected at the ULC’s 126th Annual Meeting are:  Anita Ramasastry, Dean Emeritus Roland L. Hjorth Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington, President;  Steve Wilborn, attorney from Lexington, Kentucky, Vice President; Nora Winkelman, Chief Counsel,  House Democratic Caucus, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Secretary; and Thomas J. Buiteweg, partner with the law firm of Hudson Cook LLP in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Treasurer.

At the 126th Annual Meeting of the ULC, six new uniform acts were approved:  the Uniform Directed Trust Act; the Uniform Regulation of Virtual Currency Businesses Act; the Uniform Protected Series Act; the Model Veterans Treatment Court Act; the Uniform Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Other Forms of Protective Arrangements Act; and the Uniform Parentage Act (2017).

Mr. Robbins was first appointed to the ULC from California in 2007.  He served as Chair of the California Uniform Law Commission from 2013 to 2015.  As a California uniform law commissioner, he has served on numerous committees, including the drafting committees on the Uniform Division of Income for Tax Purposes Act, the Uniform Choice of Courts Agreements Convention Implementation Act and the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act.  He was Chair of the Study Committee on Bad Faith Patent Demand Letters, and has served as a member of the ULC History Committee.  He has served as a member of the ULC’s Executive Committee, the governing body of the ULC which is responsible for implementing the policies adopted by the ULC.  He just completed a two-year term as ULC Secretary, and he is currently a member of the Study Committee on Right of Publicity. 

Mr. Robbins is Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel at the MPAA’s west coast office in Los Angeles.  He is an expert in the fields of anti-corruption, competition and intellectual property law.  He also serves as General Counsel to MovieLabs, a research and development joint venture of the major Hollywood studios.  Before joining the MPAA, Robbins worked at the law firms of Graham & James LLP and Pepper Hamilton LLP, where he specialized in antitrust and intellectual property matters.  In 2016 he was elected to the American Law Institute.  He earned a B.A. in economics from Vanderbilt University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law, where he earned an American Jurisprudence Award for his study of the Uniform Commercial Code.

Founded in 1892, the ULC is an organization comprising more than 350 practicing attorneys, judges, law professors, legislators and other state officials – all lawyers – appointed by every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to draft and promote enactment of uniform laws that are designed to solve problems common to all the states.  Commissioners donate their time as a pro bono public service.

Uniform law commissioners come together as the Uniform Law Commission once a year to study and consider drafts of specific statutes in areas of the law where uniformity between the states is desirable.  U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, former U.S. Supreme Court Justices Louis Brandeis, Wiley B. Rutledge, and David Souter, and former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, have all served as uniform law commissioners.  Since its inception in 1892, the ULC has promulgated more than 200 uniform acts, among them such bulwarks of state statutory law as the Uniform Commercial Code, the Uniform Probate Code, the Uniform Partnership Act, the Uniform Securities Act, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, and the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act.

Further information on the Uniform Law Commission can be found at the ULC’s website at www.uniformlaws.org.

Katie Robinson, ULC Legislative Program Director & Communications Officer
312-450-6616 ׀ krobinson@uniformlaws.org

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