Thank you to Ella Project volunteer Rachel Bailey! Volunteer attorneys are a key component to our continued commitment to provide access to the legal system for our clients regardless of their ability to pay. Rachel began volunteering with The Ella Project in 2017. Why does she believe in pro bono work? She told us:
“There is a huge swath of people in this country that don’t have access to attorneys or legal information because of the cost barrier. They deserve good information as much as anyone else. Additionally, there are so many misconceptions about how the law works and people often get confused reading things on the Internet that I find when people finally get counsel, it really puts their mind at ease. “
Rachel is an intellectual property attorney who works at Lex Machina, a legal analytics software company. She also advises on intellectual property matters at Spera Law Group, a New Orleans law firm that focuses on small business matters. Rachel is originally from Racine, Wisconsin best known for its Frank Lloyd Wright buildings and danish pastries. She came to New Orleans to attend Tulane University and fell in love with city. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Management, magna cum laude, from Tulane she went to law school at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she received a Juris Doctor and was awarded the Intellectual Property and Technology Certificate, with honors.
Before moving back to New Orleans, Rachel practiced trademark law in Mountain View, California. Her areas of expertise include trademark law, copyright, and entertainment law. In her free time, Rachel hosts a monthly comedy show at the Hi Ho Lounge called Morphed, and enjoys going to concerts, trying new restaurants, and taking photographs in the French Quarter.
Thanks again Rachel for your commitment to the culture of New Orleans and Louisiana! If you are a lawyer and want to join Rachel in assisting our Louisiana artists, please fill out our pro bono questionnaire here.