Shaquila Dream Montgomery is a third-year JD/MBA student at Howard University School of Law from Atlanta, GA. Her love for entertainment developed as a child as she watched her father run his own recording studio, entertainment management company, and music publishing company, and watched her mother run her own casting company. While earning her bachelor’s degree in television and film production from St. John’s University, Shaquila was afforded the opportunity to gain experience in both the music and television industries by interning at both Sony Music Entertainment and MTV Networks. Additionally, while attending the Institute for Audio Research in Manhattan, she developed a hobby for music engineering. Shaquila has developed her skills in law school by participating in the Advanced Intellectual Property/Trademark Clinic and excelling in coursework in entertainment law, intellectual property law, and trademark law. She is currently on the executive board of the Charles Hamilton Houston National Moot Court Team and serves as the President of Howard’s Sports and Entertainment Law Students Association (SELSA).
She has attended a number of entertainment and sports law conferences, including: BESLA’s 34th Annual Conference in Mexico, BESLA’s 2015 Mid-Year Conference in New York, the BESLA in DC CBC Panel and Mixer in Washington, D.C., and the Music Business Association’s Entertainment and Technology Law Conference in New York, where she secured 11 conference scholarships for SELSA members to attend. During her first year at Howard Law, Howard’s SELSA chapter presented her with the “Outstanding 1 L Award” for her dedication to the organization. Prior to her election as President of SELSA, Shaquila served as the organization’s Program Director, where she was planned and executed 12 sports and entertainment related programs, including SELSA’s 19th Annual Center Court Conference, “The Tech Influence: Navigating Business and Legal Issues for Today’s Representative.”