July 19, 2021 – Dan Robbins, Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel of the Motion Picture Association (MPA), was elected President of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) at the 130th Annual Meeting of the ULC, which recently concluded in Madison, Wisconsin. He will serve for two years.
Other officers elected at the ULC's 130th Annual Meeting are: Diane Boyer-Vine, Commissioner from California, Vice President; Ryan Leonard, Commissioner from Oklahoma, Secretary, and Thomas J. Buiteweg, Commissioner from Michigan, Treasurer.
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 previously served as the ULC's Secretary and Chair of the Scope and Program Committee of the ULC, the committee which recommends the study and drafting projects which the ULC should undertake. Most recently, he chaired the Executive Committee, which is the governing body of the ULC and is responsible for implementing policies adopted by the Commission at its meetings.
Based in the MPA's Los Angeles office, Dan is responsible for the association's content security working group, global competition and anti-corruption compliance and legal technology issues, and he chairs the movie rating appeals board. Dan also serves as the MPA's regional general counsel for Latin America and is deeply involved in the association's work in China. He is a widely recognized antitrust expert. He helped the MPA studios create the joint venture that launched the DVD in 1996 and helped form MovieLabs, an MPA member company R&D joint venture, where he has served as general counsel since 2005.
Before joining the MPA, 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 at the ULC Annual Meeting to study and consider drafts of specific statutes in areas of the law where uniformity between the states is desirable. 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.
At the 130th Annual Meeting of the ULC, seven new uniform acts were approved: the Uniform College Athlete Name, Image or Likeness Issues Act, the Uniform Personal Data Protection Act, the Uniform Restrictive Employment Agreement Act, the Uniform Cohabitants' Economic Remedies Act, the Uniform Community Property Disposition at Death Act, the Uniform Unregulated Child Custody Transfer Act, and Amendments to the Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act.
Further information on the Uniform Law Commission can be found at the ULC's website at www.uniformlaws.org.
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