Brooklyn Law School’s Trade Secrets Institute Appoints Three New Fellows

Trade Secrets Institute: Fellows

Brooklyn Law School’s Trade Secrets Institute (TSI), a pioneering new intellectual property initiative, appointed Christopher Aranguren ’18, Lauren Rayner Davis ’18, and Brian Kim ’18 to serve as TSI Fellows for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Lauren Rayner Davis ‘18
Lauren Rayner Davis holds a B.A. from the University of Southern California. Prior to the study of law, Lauren built her career as an independent freelance producer and has masterminded over 75 productions for stage, film, television, and live events. During her 10 years of experience in the entertainment industry, she contracted artists through negotiations with agents of Oscar, Tony, and Emmy winners, secured options for theatrical properties, films, television series, and music licenses, as well as advised as a consultant for investor financing. She also has ample experience in the not-for-profit sector including researching and drafting funding proposals with grants awarded from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs, Princess Grace Foundation, and others. Her career highlight as an independent producer was being interviewed on National Public Radio’s Marketplace program as a “crowd-funding expert” for her comprehensive strategy across 25 successful campaigns. Lauren has also enjoyed leading workshops, guest lecturing and speaking for courses at Harvard University, New York University, Fashion Institute of Technology, and Yale University. In the legal world, Lauren served as a judicial intern in the chambers of the Honorable Victor Marrero in United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She worked for a year as a legal intern at Viacom in the Business & Legal Affairs group for the networks of MTV, VH1, CMT, TVLand, and Spike. She recently finished work as a Summer Associate at the law firm of Engel Thornburgh & McCarney LLP and is thrilled to now be working as a Fellow at the Trade Secrets Institute. Lauren also conducts legal research for Professor Cynthia Godsoe and sits on the Executive Editorial Board of the Brooklyn Law Review. Her law review note critiquing recent federal trade secrets legislation will be published by the Brooklyn Law Review in fall 2017.

Brian Kim ’18
Brian graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Economics. He also graduated summa cum laude from Georgia State University with a B.S. in Biology. Prior to law school, Brian worked as an immigration paralegal for several years at a general practice law firm in Metro Atlanta, GA. He has a strong interest in intellectual property and does patent and trademark prosecution for the Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy (BLIP) Clinic. Brian is currently working part-time at the New York IP law firm, Fay Kaplun and Marcin, LLP, where he has worked as a summer associate in 2016 and 2017.

Christopher Aranguren ’18
Christopher Aranguren obtained a B.S. in Computer Science from Stony Brook University. Chris has built on his technical skills by studying the ever-evolving mix between law and technology. Upon entering law school, Chris quickly honed in on the study of many IP practices, including copyright, patents, and trade secrets. Throughout law school, Chris has worked with IBM's Open Source Copyright group, with several technology startup firms through Brooklyn Law School's Incubator and Policy Clinic, and in Alston & Bird's Charlotte office as a Summer Associate. Chris is thrilled to join the team of Trade Secret Institute fellows, and hopes that he will be able to contribute a technology-focused mindset to the team. Chris also hopes that mastery of trade secrets will help him demystify the legal realm for developers and technologists in an increasingly innovative world.