Melissa Bergmann is a 3L member from Columbia, IL. Melissa attended Murray State University where she majored in Journalism and minored in Legal Studies. Her legal interests include family law, estate planning, and real estate law. Outside of law school, Melissa enjoys cooking, painting, and hiking with her dog, Indie.
Dani Bhadare-Valente is a 3L and member of the journal. Originally from Virginia, she studied at the University of Virginia and majored in international relations and minored in technological entrepreneurship. Dani chose to attend Belmont Law in Nashville to focus her interests in entertainment law. During law school, Dani has worked at Neal and Harwell, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, and the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office. In her free time, she enjoys songwriting and recording her music.
Gavin Dwyer is a 2L member of the Entertainment Law Journal from Albany, NY. Gavin attended SUNY Brockport where he majored in Political Science and minored in Criminal Justice. His legal interests include entertainment law, copyright law, and sports law.
Shelby Harding is a 3L and member of the Entertainment Law Journal. Originally from Johnson City, Tennessee, Shelby graduated from East Tennessee State University in 2020 where she earned a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Legal Studies. During law school, she has interned at the Metro Office of Conservatorship Management, Fleming Law Firm, and is currently working as a legal assistant at Chappell Law Offices. Shelby’s legal interests include sports law and criminal defense. Outside of law school, Shelby enjoys weight lifting and hanging out with her dog, Bella.
Jefferson Deery is a 2L member of the Entertainment Law Journal and will graduate with the class of 2024. He is originally from Orlando, Florida, and graduated from Auburn University in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in Professional and Public Writing and a minor in History. In college, Jefferson published his own poetry and served as the Chief Poetry Editor for Auburn’s literary magazine, The Auburn Circle. He also writes and records his own music for his band, Decoy Snail, and performs around Nashville’s open-mic circuit. During law school, Jefferson has interned for the Fleming-Wilmoth Law Firm. His fields of interest include music and entertainment law, intellectual property law, and contract law.
Olivia Floyd is a 2L member, graduating with the class of 2024. She is from Missouri, but moved to Tennessee to complete her undergraduate studies at Middle Tennessee State University. After obtaining a degree in Music Business, Olivia chose to attend Belmont Law and pursue the Sports & Entertainment Law certificate. During her time at Belmont, Olivia competed in the Dean’s Cup and worked with the Bowen Law Group. Her field of interests include entertainment law, sports law, intellectual property law, and health law. Outside of law school, Olivia enjoys adding to her sneaker collection, playing guitar, and supporting the Tennessee Titans.
Janaye Godfrey is a 2L member of the Entertainment Law Journal. She is originally from Portland, Oregon, but also spent a large part of her life growing up in Upstate New York. Janaye attended Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois where she graduated with a history major and minors in German and Advocacy. While there, she played on the Women’s Lacrosse team and had the opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. After graduating, she moved to Nashville to pursue a legal career at Belmont Law. As a law student, Janaye has worked for the Tennessee Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims, as well as a small insurance defense firm, LeVan, Sprader, Patton, & Plymire. After law school, she hopes to work in the sports law or health law industry.
Lucia Izzolo is a 2L member and will graduate with the class of 2024. Lucia is from Palm City, Florida, and went to college at the University of Miami, where she majored in Music Business and Entertainment Industry Studies and minored in Business Law and Philosophy. While in Miami, she wrote and produced her own album, worked in A&R and live events, and co-wrote with many local artists. Lucia moved to Nashville in 2021 to pursue a career in the legal field and is currently working at a litigation firm doing defense work. After law school, she hopes to work in entertainment, labor and employment, or intellectual property. In her free time, she enjoys singing, being outdoors, and playing with her cat, Atticus.
Caleb Long is a 2L member of the Entertainment Law Journal. Caleb came to Nashville in 2015 from his home town of Lexington, KY aspiring to be a part of the music industry in some way, whether it be as a singer-songwriter, A&R for a publishing company in town, or a similar creative role in the business. He graduated from Belmont University with a Bachelors of Administration in Music Business, after which he worked for the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Poets (ASCAP). At ASCAP, working on licensing businesses to play music publicly, he gained a strong interest in copyright law. As he now pursues his law degree at Belmont, his focus and interest is on contract law and intellectual property of all kinds, but especially on their paramount role in the music industry.
Jake Rast is a 2L member of the journal. Jake is from Memphis, Tennessee and graduated from the University of Alabama with a major in English and minors in Philosophy and Psychology. During law school, Jake interned for the General Sessions Court in Nashville. His fields of interest include entertainment, employment, environmental, and criminal law. Outside of law school, he enjoys reading books, running, and playing sports.
Rosie Townsley is a 2L member, originally from the Chicago suburbs. Rosie attended Indiana University where she received her undergraduate degree in marketing with a non-performance minor in music. After graduation, she began working at Broadcast Music, Inc. (“BMI”) in Nashville, where she helped songwriters and publishers with music rights management and representation. During her time at Belmont Law, Rosie interned at Warner Music Group in the Legal Shared Services department on the Rights Enforcement team. Her interests include entertainment law, intellectual property law, contract law, and corporate law.
Camille is a 2L member of the Entertainment Law Journal. Camille was raised in Nashville, but returned to her birthplace of Baton Rouge, LA to attend Louisiana State University. Prior to starting at Belmont, Camille worked for John Mason, an entertainment lawyer on Music Row, as well as JM Collective, a Nashville based social media firm. She also coached the competitive debate team for her alma mater, Ravenwood High School. Camille is currently working at Cornerstone Government Affairs, a lobbying and consulting firm based in Washington D.C., where she works on a variety of projects including tech and data privacy. Camille would like to pursue a career in entertainment or IP law, and enjoys spending time with her dog Jango Fett.