Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section
Profile In Its 21stYear, Section’s Members Wield Global
By Alan Barson
As the Entertainment, Arts and
Sports Law Section begins its 21styear, it has never been
stronger nor offered more opportunities and resources to its members.
The section has a large, active and diverse membership, with lawyers
occupying every corner of the entertainment, art and sports law fields,
at every level, from law students and first-year attorneys to senior
partners at leading national and international firms and senior legal
and business affairs executives at multinational media corporations.
While the majority of our members are located in New York City and
around the state, we also have members in 28 other states and 20
countries, notably in Canada, China, most European countries and the UK,
Japan, Korea and throughout the Pacific Rim.
The section is comprised of 16 committees, chaired by the members of
the Executive Committee—all leading entertainment, art and sports law
practitioners—and each committee hosts frequent, outstanding, and
frequently oversubscribed CLE programs.
The committees are: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Copyright &
Trademark, Fine Arts, Legislation, Literary Works and Related Rights,
Litigation, Motion Pictures, Music & Recording, Pro Bono, Programs,
Publications, Publicity, Privacy & Media, Sports, Television &
Radio, Theatre & Performing Arts and Young Entertainment
benefit is a complimentary subscription to the Entertainment, Arts &
Sports Law Journal, a forum for first rate scholarly journalism on
topics of interest to (and frequently contributed by) our members,
published three times per year. To mark the 20thanniversary
of the section, an additional Special Edition will be published to
coincide with Annual Meeting on January 28. This edition will be
distributed to all current and new members throughout the year. Also,
every issue going back 10 years is posted on the section’s Web site, and
the entire archive is searchable. The Journal also publishes an edited
transcript of the Annual Meeting each year in the spring issue. The
Journal alone is worth far more than the modest section dues we charge.
In the 20 years since the section was formed, the needs of those
who practice entertainment, arts or sports law have evolved as
dramatically as the needs of our clients, the practice of law and the
law itself. The section strives to not only meet the needs of our
increasingly specialized and sophisticated membership by providing the
best CLE programs, but also to fulfill its role as advocate for our
members’ interests, promote professional responsibility and emphasize
the core values of our profession. We invite you to join us and share in
Barson practices entertainment, copyright, trademark and business law
and is based in New York City. In addition to serving as chair of the
section, he co-chairs the section’s Music and Recording Committee and is
a section delegate to the House of Delegates.
permission from the January/February 2008 issue of the State Bar News.
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