Ma’idah Lashani is a third-generation female law scholar, devoting herself to the study of technology law at the tender age of ten, when her mother began work in the legal department of IBM. Because of her long history of interest in the field, Ma’idah feels as comfortable at the negotiating table as she does at the dinner table.
Ma’idah also has half a decade of entertainment industry experience, including journalism, publishing, and development. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Socratic philosophy, Ma’idah was hired at The Escapist, becoming one of the youngest professional Community Managers in the field, and overseeing a global audience of 10 million monthly users. Over the course of the next few years, Ma’idah flourished at the web publisher, hosting promotional events, writing feature articles, acting in news series, and, ultimately, attaining a position of Senior Editor.
Although Ma’idah left video game journalism in order to attend UNC School of Law, this transition did not mark the end of her work in that industry. A year after beginning law school, Ma’idah became the first Legal Intern ever to be hired at Epic Games, one of the largest and most influential video game developers in the world. Ma’idah continued to work at Epic Games throughout the remainder of her studies at law school, executing contracts in a broad range of areas, including employment, licensing, support, nondisclosure, and end user license agreements.
Ma’idah currently serves her local community as Chair of the International Game Developers Association NC-Triangle Chapter. The International Game Developers Association is the largest non-profit membership organization in the world benefiting all individuals who create games.
Memberships and Affiliations
- International Game Developers Association – NC-Triangle Chapter
- International Game Developers Association – Business & Legal Special Interest Group
Articles, Publications and Lectures
“How Online Gaming is Exacerbating the Israeli-Gaza Conflict” EveryJoe, August 4, 2014
“Giuliani Defends Call of Duty Publisher Against Disgraced Dictator’s Digital Defamation Suit” NC Journal of Law and Technology, October 2, 2014
“A Defense of Thorin’s Claim on the Treasure of Erebor” The Escapist, January 15, 2015
“License to Build: Why Game Development Engines Are ‘Going Free’” NC Journal of Law and Technology, March 31, 2015
“A Jailbroken System – We Need DRM Exemptions for Abandoned Games” The Escapist, September 9, 2015