Laura Possessky (President) is owner of Gura & Possessky, PLLC, a firm with a national practice in intellectual property, media, and entertainment law. For over a decade, she has counseled artists, nonprofits, associations and small businesses on intellectual property protection and on content transactions in publishing, television, film, media and the internet. She also advises clients on First Amendment issues relating to fair use of third-party content and intellectual property. Prior to working in private practice, Ms. Possessky was with the Smithsonian Institution, negotiating agreements for museums revenue-generating activities including publishing, film and image licensing, product development, art consignments and special events including the Presidential Inauguration. Prior to joining the Docs In Progress Board, she served as President for Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, President of the Women’s Bar Association of Washington DC, an elected Member of the Board of Governors of the District of Columbia Bar, and served on the board of Women in Film and Video-DC. She received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania. She is licensed to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia.