Maya Burchette is a Black Chicana intellectual property attorney and creator advocate in Washington, DC. A native of Denver, Colorado, she grew up surrounded by the arts and her family’s deep commitment to public service.
Maya’s commitment to serving artists and the cultural community began during her law school career in New Orleans, where she worked as a student attorney for The Ella Project, which provides local musicians, artists, and other cultural figures pro-bono legal services, business advice and mentorship, and advocacy services. Earlier this year, she returned to the organization to join its Board of Directors.
Currently, Maya works as a Copyright Claims Attorney at the United States Copyright Office, where she works with copyright creators and users navigating the new Copyright Claims Board, the nation’s first intellectual property small claims court. She was recently recognized by Performance.gov’s #GovPossible campaign for centering “equity, dignity, and ease of use” in government work.
She joined the CBB after spending three years as a Copyright Examiner in the Visual Arts Department. Before joining the Copyright Office in 2018, Maya worked as an intellectual property associate at a boutique law firm in Washington, DC.
Maya earned her JD from Tulane University School of Law and her BS from Howard University. In her free time, Maya enjoys watching live music, yelling at the Denver Broncos, and roller skating.