Michelle Choe '11 Earns Prestigious Two-Year Fellowship at the U.S. Copyright Office

New York, May 20, 2014—Michelle Choe ’11, a senior researcher at Columbia University’s Copyright Advisory Office, has been awarded a Ringer Copyright Honors fellowship to work at the U.S. Copyright Office in Washington D.C.
The Ringer Honors program, launched in 2013, offers two appointments for recent law graduates or attorneys in the early stages of their careers to work at the Office of the General Counsel and the Office of Policy and International Affairs within the U.S. Copyright Office for two years. The fellowships, awarded after a competitive application process, go to candidates with a strong interest in copyright law and a demonstrated record of achievement in law school or practice.
At Columbia Law School, Choe was recognized for her superior academic achievement as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and also served as a member of the Journal of Transnational Law. After joining Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman as an associate, she returned to Columbia in 2013 to work with adjunct faculty member Kenneth D. Crews at the Copyright Advisory Office and research issues including fair use, orphan works, and copyright on campuses.
“Columbia Law School afforded me opportunities to take specialized courses in copyright law and gain practical experience through externships and legal research positions,” Choe said. “I also was able to meet and interact with many faculty and lawyers, including Dr. Kenneth Crews, June Besek, and Philippa Loengard, who have invaluable knowledge and experience in copyright law.”