2023 DC DELEGATION TRIP REPORT
From left to right: Rober Payne; Dave Branfman; Leaf Williams; Soody Tronson, Emily Yu; John Wierzbicki.
How many years has the IP Section been sending a delegation to DC? 10 years? 15? 20? Nobody had an answer. At least 15, I think. It doesn’t matter. They appointed John Wierzbicki as the lead. That’s me. My job was to get us there, get the information we needed, and get out.
There were six of us in the delegation. Three had taken part in it before: Dave Branfman, Cannabis I.G. chair and entertainment lawyer; Bob Payne, Trademark I.G. chair and patent and trademark lawyer; and me, Copyright I.G. co-vice-chair and copyright lawyer. I went last year as a delegate, the other two went some time ago. Time seems to have an elastic quality. I hoped I could trust Dave and Bob to step up if it got hairy out there. They both had beards, which made it difficult at times to tell them apart, but we managed.