Dan Robbins Elected Secretary of Uniform Law Commission

(August 18, 2015) -

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Los Angeles Attorney Elected Secretary of National Law Group
Dan Robbins Elected Secretary of Uniform Law Commission

August 18, 2015 – Dan Robbins, Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) in Los Angeles, California, has been elected to serve a one-year term as Secretary of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC).  Mr. Robbins was elected Secretary at the 124th Annual Meeting of the Uniform Law Commission, which recently concluded in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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.

At the 124th Annual Meeting of the ULC, seven new uniform acts were approved:  the Revised Uniform Athlete Agents Act; the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act; the Revised Uniform Residential and Landlord Tenant Act; the Uniform Commercial Real Estate Receivership Act; the Uniform Trust Decanting Act; the Uniform Home Foreclosure Procedures Act and the Uniform Recognition and Enforcement of Canadian Domestic Violence Protection Orders Act.

Other officers elected at the ULC’s 124th Annual Meeting are:  Richard T. Cassidy, founder and partner in the Hoff Curtis law firm in Burlington, Vermont, President; Melissa Hortman, a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, Vice President; and Tom Buiteweg, partner with the law firm of Hudson Cook LLP in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Treasurer.

Mr. Robbins was first appointed to the ULC from California in 2007.  He has served as Chair of the California Uniform Law Commission since 2013.  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 is currently Chair of the Study Committee on Bad Faith Patent Demand Letters.  He has served as a member of the ULC History Committee and the ULC Scope and Program Committee, the committee which recommends the study and drafting projects that the ULC should undertake.

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 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.  He earned a B.A. in economics from Vanderbilt University and his J.D. from UCLA School of Law.

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.

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