For the first time of which we are aware, a university's legal clinic has jumped in to fight the RIAA's ex parte litigation campaign against the nation's college and university campuses.
In Arista v. Does 1-27, where eight University of Maine students are being represented by Bob Mittel of Mittel Asen, a Portland, Maine, law firm, two other "John Doe" students are being represented by student attorneys from the University of Maine School of Law's legal clinic, the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic, adjacent to the University of Maine School of Law campus, also in Portland.
The student attorneys, Hannah Ames and Lisa Chmelecki, are working under the supervision of Prof. Deirdre M. Smith of the University of Maine School of Law. Professor Smith serves on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court's Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence and Governor John Baldacci's Select Committee on Judicial Appointments.
Both the eight students represented by Mr. Mittel's firm, and the two students represented by the student attorneys at Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic, submitted reply briefs in further support of their motion to dismiss the RIAA's complaint.
Reply Memorandum on behalf of "John Does 16 & 18" in support of motion to dismiss complaint*
Reply Memorandum on behalf of "John Does 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 15, 22, and 23" in support of motion to dismiss complaint*
* Document published online at Internet Law & Regulation
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