ABOUT


 Sue Basko is a lawyer for today using the tools of today.  She works mainly over the internet. Sue works with creative, intelligent people from a variety of disciplines, including music, film, websites, video, writing, design, journalism,  festival and concert planning and production and other creative fields.   

Sue also works in Human Rights, Free Speech, Free Assembly, Free Association, Media Rights, Internet rights and responsibilities, Use of Technology at protest, international free speech and media rights.  

Sue has been consulted by a major international human rights organization with over 50 member nations that monitors public assemblies worldwide.  Sue also was recently invited to participate in the OSCE ODHIR meetings in Vienna, Austria, on Freedoms of Assembly and Association and of Use of New Technologies in promoting those freedoms.  At the sessions, Sue advanced proposals for international legislation regarding the use of cellphone, cell phone and other cameras, and wifi at protests.  Her legislative recommendations were adopted and put into the recommendations sent to the 60+ participating nations to help them form their own legislation promoting use of technology at protests.

Sue approaches legal work as being interconnected: contracts, copyright, trademark, terms of service, permits, guild agreements, creative control, and more.  She looks at the big, interconnected picture, looking into the future at how these things may affect you in years to come.

Sue Basko has years of experience in media.  She produced and directed literally hundreds of low budget TV and video productions.  She ran tech on events, including raves, dance floors, music shows, lectures, and more.  Sue is a prolific writer.  She has written and done interviews for several publications, and currently writes three popular blogs that are linked and reposted widely.  Late at night, for fun, she designs websites and creates music mixes.

Sue is always on the lookout for opportunities for her clients.  She has matched her client musicians and bands up with record labels and producers, but only when she sees a good fit.   

Sue is supportive of independent journalists nationwide.  Sue has been consulted by a major international human rights organization with over 50 member nations that monitors public assemblies worldwide.  Sue also was recently invited to participate in the OSCE ODHIR meetings in Vienna, Austria, on Freedoms of Assembly and Association and of Use of New Technologies in promoting those freedoms.  At the sessions, Sue advanced proposals for international legislation regarding the use of cellphone, cell phone and other cameras, and wifi at protests.  Her legislative recommendations were adopted and put into the recommendations sent to the 60+ participating nations to help them form their own legislation promoting use of technology at protests.

Sue was a resident artist at an arts community for about a year; she loves sharing time and space and ideas with other creative people.

 Sue works only with clients who are ethical and want to be fair to all parties.  Her clients must also be computer savvy,  reliable, trustworthy,  and good communicators. She only deals with people who value her knowledge and respect her judgement. 

If you are Sue's client, she will: think of the big picture and the future with you,  help you out on a moment's notice,  sit and talk and laugh with you over coffee, and will work with you so you can afford good legal help.

Blog for indie people in music and film:

Blog on peaceful protest/ public assembly:

LICENSES:
Law Licenses, California and Illinois, USA

Computer Skills: 
 Word, Final Cut Pro, Pro Tools, Imovie, Garage Band, research, Blogger, Twitter, website design.

Writing:
Published in Electronic MediaNightlifeScreen, and all over the internet.

EDUCATION: 
Continuing Legal Education:
Courses in these and many other other topics: Strategy for Start-Ups and Virtual Corporations, Digital Rights, Copyright, Trademark Law,  Music Law, Sports Law, Social Media Law, Employment Law for Creative People, Computer Forensics. 

Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude
Southern Illinois University School of Law
Honors Society, Ethics Award, Trial Team, Who's Who, Illinois State Bar Student Paper award, Financial Award for Screenplay research from University and Professional Women's Association, concurrent registration in Film Dept.   

Master of Arts, Mass Communication Media Arts (all courses completed)
Southern Illinois University
Media Management Concentration
Journalism Department of School of Radio, TV, Film, and Journalism
Intellectual Property Law, Media Law, Journalism - research, writing, and law,  Film Finance, Digital Production, Historic Research, Opinion Writing, Website Design, ProTools, Final Cut Pro.

Bachelor of Arts, Film and Video
Columbia College Chicago
In-depth Filmmaking courses. Film Criticism with Roger Ebert, Acting with Joe Mantegna, Directing, Screenwriting.
Illinois State Scholar, National Merit Commended Student, Who's Who.