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Getting to the office is always a unique experience for Dana Vouglitois. “When I get in the elevator every morning, I am usually standing next to dancers from the New York City Ballet or students from The Julliard School.” As acting counsel for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, Vouglitois is constantly surrounded by some of the world’s best talent. “I have worked on projects involving so many talented artists, ranging from classical greats such as Itzhak Perlman to contemporary trailblazers like Jack White. It is an environment that motivates you to always be at your best.”
Vouglitois, who in December 2013 received a joint J.D./M.M. degree in Music Business and Entertainment Industries at the University of Miami, began working at Lincoln Center in October 2014. She assists the 11 resident arts organizations on Lincoln Center's campus with a wide variety of legal and business matters which include drafting agreements, negotiating licenses, advising on matters involving copyright, trademark and labor laws and much more.
Having grown up in a small town on the Jersey Shore, Vouglitois received her undergraduate degree in December 2009 from Georgian Court University, a small Catholic university located in New Jersey. She quickly set her sights on Miami for her graduate degree with a focus on the arts. “A joint degree is very valuable because it sets you apart. Your resume stands out to potential employers because you bring a unique skillset and a fresh perspective to the table,” said Vouglitois.
And Vouglitois credits two of her past professors at Miami Law for helping her become a successful young professional. “Professor Jaime Vining teaches with such incredible confidence and enthusiasm. She builds great relationships with her students, and always finds the time to help them. Professor Terri Doud is an extremely intelligent and eloquent lecturer whose classes are always interesting and engaging. Through her instruction, students learn to practically apply the law they are studying to real world situations, which is invaluable.”
For current law students, Vouglitois encourages them to focus on what you know and who you know. “Take every opportunity to intern or work in the areas that interest you most. Try to develop skills that are valuable to those employers.”
And never stop learning…. Vouglitois hopes to come back to UM one day to share her experiences and says her goal is to continue to grow professionally and wherever her career takes her, she hopes to continue to be a passionate advocate for the arts.