May 26, 2009


Provides a Forum and News Source on Issues of Interest 

(Albany, N.Y. - May 26, 2009) - The Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section (EASL) of the New York State Bar Association announced the launch of a new blog that will act as a new informational resource on topics of interest, including the latest section programs and initiatives, as well as provide a forum for debate and discussion to anyone in the world with access to the Internet.  It is available through the State Bar Web site at

"This blog is a wonderful opportunity for our EASL Section members, who are some of the leading attorneys in their fields, to share the latest information on topics of importance to colleagues around the world. It also creates what we hope to be a lively and provocative forum to present a wide variety of views on issues such as alternative dispute resolution and litigation, copyright and trademarks, and FCC broadcasting rules," said Kenneth N. Swezey (Cowan, DeBaets LLP), chair of the EASL Section.

 "The blog can communicate a sense of currency and reinforce our strong programming, affordable CLE, and pro bono efforts. It gives a voice to the section, provides an opportunity to flesh out the EASL Web site postings, and offers previews of and comments on programs. It also offers timely summaries and analyses of legislation, litigation and judicial opinions," said Elissa D. Hecker (Law Office of Elissa D. Hecker), editor of the blog.

While anyone can access the blog site, only an EASL Section member can initiate a topic and blog. The EASL Section chair and blog editor also can grant permission for guest bloggers who are not EASL members. Any blog comment should be submitted to Ms. Hecker at

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The 76,000 member New York State Bar Association is the official statewide organization of lawyers in New York and the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Founded in 1876, NYSBA programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years.