Ryan Starks is a 2L from Warwick, NY. In May 2011, he graduated from the University at Albany S.U.N.Y. with a degree in Rhetoric and Communication.
Throughout undergrad, Ryan spent his summers interning for Domino Records USA and the Warner Music Group, where he managed new media marketing campaigns for artists ranging from The Arctic Monkeys to The Beastie Boys. In addition, he helped establish the social media marketing department at a boutique music marketing firm in upstate New York, and eventually founded his own social media marketing firm specializing in small business development. Issues in artist rights, music licensing schemes, and distribution models lay at the core of his work which led him to pursue his J.D.
Ryan chose to attend W&L because of its community atmosphere, nurturing attitude, and prominent reputation. He is actively involved as a Law Ambassador and a member of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society.
This past summer, Ryan interned for in-house counsel at SoundExchange, a non-profit performance rights organization in Washington, D.C. There, he focused on copyright and antitrust litigation, as well as bankruptcy matters.
In his free time, Ryan enjoys hiking, golfing, sailing, playing guitar, and exploring new music.