Baltimore, MD – November 14, 2016
Attorney Derrick Wang, a legal scholar, researcher of the creativity of entrepreneurship, and noted composer whose opera debuted at the U.S. Supreme Court, has joined Thomas & Libowitz, P.A.
“As a composer of a high-profile interdisciplinary musical work, Derrick Wang possesses a unique understanding of the relationship between proprietary intellectual property and the law, and this insight is of tremendous value to growing companies,” said Steven Thomas, co-founder and CEO of Thomas & Libowitz. Mr. Wang joins the firm as “of counsel.”
Mr. Wang is perhaps best known for creating the opera Scalia/Ginsburg, which was first seen at the U.S. Supreme Court, praised in both the legal and musical worlds, and covered in national and international media. He has also spent time at premier Silicon Valley startup accelerator Y Combinator, where he shadowed a group of over 100 startups while researching the creativity of tech entrepreneurship.
As a legal scholar, Mr. Wang’s work has been published with prefaces by Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia in the Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts and in Justice Ginsburg’s book My Own Words. As a speaker on law and the arts, he has appeared at events for the Second Circuit Judicial Conference, Stanford Law School, TEDxBroadway, the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, and the National Constitution Center.
He is a graduate of Harvard University, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, the Yale School of Music, and the University of Maryland Carey School of Law. While at Maryland, he received the Joseph Bernstein Award for his legal writing on international copyright law and worked in the Washington, D.C. and Shanghai offices of an intellectual-property law firm.
For more information about Derrick Wang’s creative work, visit www.derrickwang.com.
Scalia/Ginsburg is an American opera about the power of friendship in a divided world. Inspired by the opinions of U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia, Scalia/Ginsburg was launched at the Supreme Court in 2013, received its world premiere production at Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival in 2015, and will be produced by The Glimmerglass Festival in 2017, in an updated version starring acclaimed tenor William Burden in the role of Scalia.
At its world premiere, Scalia/Ginsburg was hailed by both arts critics and legal commentators as “brilliant” by DC Theatre Scene, “funny, exceedingly clever” by Above the Law, “laser-accurate…top-notch” by Classical Voice North America, and “tuneful…accessible…smart…a triumph” by The American Interest. Mr. Wang’s libretto to the opera, containing over 200 footnotes to legal and musical precedent, was published by the Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts, with prefaces by Justices Ginsburg and Scalia. Excerpts from the libretto appear in Justice Ginsburg’s 2016 book My Own Words, and the corresponding audiobook features a special performance by Mr. Wang recorded at New York’s Steinway Hall.
The Los Angeles Times wrote, “Could we please make it a constitutional requirement that no one can be sworn into office in the White House or Congress without first having seen Scalia/Ginsburg?”
For more information about Scalia/Ginsburg, visit www.derrickwang.com/scalia-ginsburg.
Steven A. Thomas
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