About

Background on My Career

I am an antidisciplinarian portfolioist with an entrepreneurial spirit — an all-around analytical creative and a practicing policy lawyer with both academic and business exposure, as well as consequential project and direct account management experience. I am project-driven; I understand the creative process inherently; and I crave collaboration. As a lifelong coder and congenital math head, I also enjoy developing digital spaces and utilities, and bringing technology to bear.

In many ways, I am a project manager and information architect deploying complementary technical skills and wide-ranging exposure across disciplines to create deeply meaningful experiences and improve organizations and systems.

Justin DuClos

Circa 2013 @ Harvard University

After earning a BA in Philosophy I toured internationally as a musician with several troupes rising in the indie scene. (I was trained classically from a young age on several instruments, but took to the sound and politics of punk — my father was an ethnomusicologist who transcribed the harmonizations of Native American religious peyote chants.) I went on to teach, and was teaching on the morning of 9/11/01. In the succeeding months, most of America — myself included — was drawn to media reports about the wars that would unfold. I was compelled to increase my awareness, knowledge and skills so that I could be and do more in what was certain to be a different world ahead.

I entered law school the following academic season, clerked for now Justice Gilbert V. Indeglia of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, earned a JD in 2005, and, until returning to academia at Harvard University in 2009, practiced with firms handling cases of public import. Along the way, I became licensed in MA, RI, CT, NY, and LA.

I took the first opportunity I had out of law school to get involved in public affairs: I moved to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to litigate the flood and levee cases. There, I superintended an array of matters proceeding through governmental systems disrupted to their cores, including representation of the Louisiana Recovery School District in its bid to take over Orleans Parish schools. There was no shortage of civic issues to shepherd, some of which bore directly on civil rights.

I returned to New England to attend Harvard University, where I earned an additional degree in Policy and Management, was a fellow at the Center for State and Local Government and the Program on Education Policy and Governance, as well as a Zuckerman Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership, and where I published a scholarly account of public labor litigation dynamics. I also joined the Harvard Law School Environmental Law and Policy Clinic as a teaching/practicing attorney, published on energy policy, and finally took a residential position at Harvard College (Cabot House) before exiting the university and signing on at Cape Cod Community College in 2013 to make a difference in the lives of those facing inordinate challenges to their professional progress.

Although I now only take special cases, I draw on my legal experience daily. I continue to speak, write, teach, and work on issues of public import, particularly in the media space, which brings about adeptness with intellectual property and creative projects/talent.

Media + Arts + Tech

Attributes

I am native to media, arts and tech – as a former touring musician, as one who can and does code, and as a maker fluent in design and multimedia content development (audio, video, photo, graphic, analog, textual). This overlap of niche and background allows me to efficiently and peerlessly integrate legal and creative for clients working in expressive spaces.

Corporate

They are called organizations for good reason. Getting and staying documented, well-papered, compliant, and aligned with pragmatic protocols is prime among best practices. General counsel and correct governance are as important to closely-held companies as they are to those seeking or deploying external funding. There are few investments more sound than a solid foundation.

Contracting

Optimizing a deal requires focussed and technical drafting. What multiple collaborators have in mind when they begin does not automatically manifest when a concept is translated into the physical world. Get ahead of junctures, pivots and transitions. Reflecting on the page what is intended at heart is the ultimate efficiency.

Copyright

There are few disciplines as relevant and fluid as copyright. The media space has enjoyed rapid development over recent decades. Law is not always so quick to follow. Navigating ownership of content is a primary concern for creative enterprises.

Trademark

Impact and impression are salable and demand attention, from protecting to capitalizing. Define your brand, put on a search, definitively document, and enforce with intent – or share, collaborate and cross-pollinate.

Trade Secrets

Assets come in variegated forms – not always capitally quantifiable or neatly captured by intellectual property regimes. But proprietary information can be of principal, or even singular value. Safeguard, manage and leverage such resources prudently and productively.

Licensing

One of the most important tools in the kit of creative profit is the flexibility and extensibility that adept licensing affords. Do it well – do it right.

Regulatory

Interfacing with public agencies is a vastly different experience than cutting deals in the private sector. Conventions, ethics, regulations, policy, and sinuous procedure need not block your path forward. Additionally, the First Amendment was written for you – stand on it.

Litigation

There will almost certainly come a time when dispute crops up and grows entrenched, or rights and obligations are transgressed or ignored. Less talk, more action – bring deft advocacy and mastery of process into play.

Strategic

Creation is nothing if uninspired. Your vocation is to deploy vision and bridge the gap between what is known and unknown, what is possible and impossible. Apply the very same foresight to your company and your career. Chance favors the prepared mind.