Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section

Entertainment Arts & Sports Law Section

Fashion Law 2018 
Sponsored by the Committee on Continuing Legal Education and by the Fashion Law Committee of theEntertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.

NYSBA Member: $75
Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section Member: $35

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Live CLE Program, Networking Reception, and Stylist Presentation

Dorsey & Whitney LLP
51 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019

2.0 MCLE Credits: 2.0 Areas of Professional Practice

5:00 - 5:30                   Cocktails/Networking
5:30 - 5:40                   Introductory Remarks/Introduction of moderator/panelists
5:40 - 6:30                   Social Media Influencers Panel
                                    1.0 MCLE Credit in Areas of Professional Practice
6:30 - 6:40                   Q&A 
6:40 - 6:50                   Break/2nd Panel Set-up
6:50 - 7:40                   Sexual Harassment Panel
                                    1.0 MCLE Credit in Areas of Professional Practice
7:40 - 7:50                   Q&A
7:50 - 8:30                   Stylist Presentation/Cocktails

Panel I - Social Media Influencers
Social media influencer marketing has become an integral component of many fashion brands’ overall marketing strategy.  While the power of influencer marketing is undeniable, brands must still be mindful of the potential legal and PR pitfalls involved with using influencers.  How can brands and influencers create authentic and effective content while complying with applicable laws and regulations and maintaining consumer trust?  
NYSBA’s Fashion Law Committee invites you to attend its annual panel for a lively discussion with industry attorneys and influencers as they discuss a range of topics surrounding influencer marketing, including best practices, FTC regulations and enforcement, contract negotiations and recent cases. 
Moderator: Sarah Robertson, Esq., Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Paula Barnes, Esq., Senior Counsel, Macy’s, Inc.
Jamie Lieberman, Esq., Partner, Hashtag Legal
Julie Zerbo, Esq., Attorney and Founder/Editor-in-Chief, The Fashion Law
Influencer (TBD)                                                                                                           

Panel II - Sexual Harassment/Assault 
In this #MeToo era, the fashion industry continues to grapple with issues of sexual harassment and sexual assault that some argue have long plagued the industry.  Please join the Fashion Law Committee for a timely and engaging discussion that will explore the ways industry stakeholders are tackling these issues from a legal, policy and organizational perspective.  Hear industry insiders, attorneys and advocates discuss employer obligations and best practices, legal protections available to employees and independent contractors, recent legislative and policy initiatives and the impact the recent scandals have had on the fashion industry.        
Moderator: TBD
Sara Ziff, Model and Founder/Executive Director, Model Alliance
Andrew W. Singer, Esq., Partner, Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP
Mirande Valbrune, Esq., Author, #MeToo: A Practical Guide to Navigating Today’s Cultural Workplace Revolution
Sil Lai Abrams, Activist and Writer                        

NYSBA Member: $75 | Non-Member: $150

EASL Section Member: $35

Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section Chair:
Barry Skidelsky, Esq. | New York City

Committee and Program Chairs: 
Kristin Gabrielle Garris, Esq., Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse Hirschtritt LLP
Erika Maurice, Esq., ALM Media, LLC
Lisa Marie Willis, Esq., Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Learn more about the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section!

Newly Admitted Attorneys: To receive skills credit, newly admitted attorneys must take accredited transitional CLE courses in traditional live classroom settings that have been approved by the CLE Board for use by newly admitted attorneys.  For more information about the CLE Rules, please go to www.nycourts.gov/Attorneys/CLE.

Out of State Accreditation: This program has also been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California, the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board and the Board of Continuing Legal Education of the State of New Jersey.  If you require MCLE credit in other states, we can provide you a Uniform MCLE Form.

Partial Credit for Program Segments Not Allowed: Under the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board Regulations and Guidelines, attendees at CLE programs cannot get MCLE credit for a program segment (typically, a lecture or panel, of which there are usually several in a program) unless they are present for the entire segment. Those who arrive late, depart early, or are absent for any portion of the program WILL NOT receive credit for that program segment.


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Artists’ Rights: Practical Considerations

Tuesday, May 01, 2018
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

31 Mamaroneck Ave, 9th Floor
White Plains, NY 10601

This program is FREE to all who attend, but capacity is limited so registration is required. This event is for information only, no CLE will be provided. 


Join the EASL SectionArtsWestchester and Wilson Elser for a discussion on practical ways for artists to protect their copyright and moral rights. The discussion will including licensing, appropriation art, and collaborations.

Jana S. Farmer, Esq., Wilson Elser. Jana is an art lawyer representing art market participants in all stages of the creation, licensing, sale, lending, gifting, merchandising and display of art.
Jill A. Ellman, Esq., M. Ross & Associates LLC.  Jill’s intellectual property practice incorporates transactional and litigation matters on copyright and trademark issues ranging from registration through enforcement for creative clients in the retail, apparel and luxury goods industries. 
Donna Frosco, Esq., Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller. Donna Frosco is a partner with the law firm of Dunnington, Bartholow and Miller LLP in the firm’s Intellectual Property and Art Law, and International Practice Groups concentrating on representation of clients in relation to intellectual property and brand protection.

Nisa Ojalvo, VP,
Legal Affairs, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc. Nisa is a corporate transactional lawyer and has worked at LVMH, the French luxury goods conglomerate, since 2001. Nisa previously worked in Japan and Hong Kong. She is also a published photographer, and has exhibited her work internationally in the US, Europe and Asia. 

To register over the phone please contact the Member Resource Center at 1-800-582-2452 for questions please contact Beth Gould at Bgould@nysba.org 


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

1:30 PM - 7:00 PM 

Herrick, Feinstein LLP 
2 Park Avenue, 
New York, NY 10016

Cost to Attend: EASL Members: $50.00 | NYSBA (Non-EASL) Members: $100.00 | Non-NYSBA Members: $200.00 | NYSBA Law Students: $25.00 

5.0 MCLE Credit in Professional Practice. This program in not transitional, and therefore does not qualify for newly admitted attorneys


1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Cutting-Edge Case Developments in Entertainment Law

This discussion of recent court cases will cover such topics, among others, as trademark cancellation claims against celebrity brand managers, entertainment industry litigation-funding disputes, timeliness of fraud claims by TV show producers, limits on former members’ ability to use band names, objection clauses in reality-show release agreements, Lanham Act claims over TV series titles, trademark claims over phrases from songs, interplay between discovery requests and statute of limitations in copyright infringement litigation, personal jurisdiction over attorneys in entertainment malpractice litigation, and attempts to depose general counsel in entertainment brand-licensing battles.
Speaker: Stan Soocher, Esq., Editor-in-Chief, Entertainment Law & Finance 

2:55 p.m. - 4:35 p.m. Recent Developments in The Right of Publicity

This panel will provide an overview of the right of publicity, first statutorily recognized by the State of New York in 1903 and its  continuing evolution, including discussion of current high-profile litigation  involving Lindsay Lohan and Lifetime Television, and currently proposed New York State legislative action that would make substantial modification in existing law.  The moderator will be Sandra Baron, former Executive Director of the Media Law Resource Center and current Senior Fellow, Information Society Project at Yale School of Law. 

Moderator: Sandra Baron, Esq., Senior Fellow, Information Society Project and Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression at Yale Law School

Jeremy Feigelson, Esq.,
 Litigation Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton and Co-Chair Cybersecurity and Data Privacy
Sarah A. Howes, Esq., Director and Counsel, Government Affairs and Public Policy, SAG-AFTRA
Edward Rosenthal, Esq., Partner, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz and Chair, Intellectual Property and Litigation 
Cameron Stracher, Esq., Stracher Law

4:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sports Gambling in the United States -- PASPA and Beyond

A moderated panel discussion will focus on developments in US sports gambling, including one of the most anticipated decisions of the current Supreme Court term in Murphy v. NCAA, which remains to be issued.  This decision may ultimately decide the fate of sports gambling in the US and has the potential to create major changes for governments, regulators and gaming advocates alike.  The case involves New Jersey’s challenge to the nationwide ban on federal sports gambling known as the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act -- PASPA.  There are several possible outcomes for the case, which may be decided in advance of the spring meeting, each of which presents its own unique subset of questions that will need to be answered depending upon how the Justices rule.

Moderator: Eben Novy-Williams, Bloomberg News Sports Business Reporter

Anthony J. Dryer, Esq.,
 Partner, Intellectual Property Litigation and Sports Group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Daniel Etna, Esq., Partner, Corporate Department and Co-Chair Sports Law Group at Herrick, Feinstein LLP
Bennett M. Liebman, Esq., Government Lawyer-in-Residence at Albany Law School; formerly Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Deputy Secretary for Gaming and Racing
Audrey Sheetz, Esq., Associate, Litigation Department, at Herrick, Feinstein LLP

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Reception 

For question about the program: Beth Gould - Bgould@nysba.org

To register over the phone call the Member Resource Center at 1-800-582-2452


The Theater and Performing Arts Committee of the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section invite you to join them at an Evening at Hello, Dolly!  EASL will do a meet up before the show for a light fare. 
This event is open to all. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018
7:00PM (There will be an EASL meet up prior to the show, more details to follow) 

The Shubert Theatre | 225 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036 

Ticket Pricing: Orchestra - $119.00 |  Mezzanine - $89.00 | Balcony - $39.00


Two-time Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters is back on Broadway in Hello, Dolly!, the smash hit musical revival. Every night at the Shubert Theatre, this Broadway favorite steps into the iconic title role, adding yet another triumph to her six-decades-long career. Winner of four 2017 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival!

SYNOPSIS: A meddlesome matchmaker brings together the young clerk of a wealthy Yonkers merchant and his assistant with a widowed milliner and her assistant, while making sure she herself gets to marry the merchant, in  Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart's musical adaptation of Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker. 
To register over the phone please contact our Member Resource Center at 1-800-582-2452 
For Questions contact Beth Gould at  bgould@nysba.org

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This program features 11 different panels featuring a variety of speakers from law, finance, business, and technology, with several panels focusing on global perspectives of representation, tax, and practical concerns for music artists and businesses alike. 

Topics include: 

  • Music Publishing and Digital Media 
  • Music Business Basics – Publishing / Recording / Sampling 
  • You Don't Know What You've Got Till It's Gone – The Implications of Bankruptcy
  • Licensing Music for Broadway
  • International Focus - Global Database Efforts
  • Taking the Band on the Road – Tour Accounting
  • Ethics and Everyday Practice
  • Trends in Branding and Merchandising
  • It’s Still About the Money – Royalty and Licensing Audits
  • Copyright Law and Litigation – Annual Review 

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The program included two panels:

First Annual Television General Counsel Roundtable (2.0 credits in Areas of Professional Practice)

The Television and Radio Committee (“TVR”) of the New York State Bar Association’s Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section (“EASL”), is pleased to present its inaugural annual Television General Counsel Roundtable, part of a slate of innovative programs planned by the TVR for 2017. 

To help kick-off what will be a rare colloquy among the top U.S. cable television attorneys, Moderator Eriq Gardner, Senior Editor of the Hollywood Reporter, has selected some of the most significant entertainment law cases of 2016, in order to spark a lively discussion concerning the most pressing legal and business issues confronting media and entertainment lawyers (and their clients) today, including the free-speech rights of filmmakers who transform real-life stories into theatrical films; the current battle over reshaping access to television programming via so-called over-the-top television and set-top boxes; related FCC action regarding net neutrality and the promotion of independent programming; and, the copyright implications of pre-1972 sound recordings used by television and radio today. Insights provided by the moderator and panelists on these and other issues will help illuminate current media and entertainment business practices, trends, challenges and opportunities.

Moderator: Eriq Gardner, Senior Editor, The Hollywood Reporter

Nadja Webb Cogsville, Esq.
, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, VH1, LOGO, BET, CENTRIC, Music Strategy
Michael Fricklas, Esq., Executive Vice president, General Counsel and Secretary, Viacom Networks
Cynthia Gibson, Esq., Executive President and Chief Legal Office, Scripps Networks Interactive
Jon Lutzky, Esq., General Counsel, Vice Media
Jeffrey Schneider, Esq., Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, National Geographic Partners

Crisis Management For Celebrities (2.0 credits in Areas of Professional Practice)

What may be a crisis for one celebrity may not be one for another, but there are certain events that would universally be viewed as a crisis for most individuals in the public eye. From high visibility criminal proceedings to significant civil actions and accusations in the media, this panel will explore crisis management from the perspective of the criminal defense attorney, the civil litigator, the transactional attorney, the manager and the publicist. Each has a unique and integral role in guiding the celebrity through troubled waters in a stress filled time.

Moderator: Brian D. Caplan, Esq., Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC, New York City

Susan Arons, Rubenstein Communications, New York City
Benjamin Brafman, Esq., Brafman & Associates, PC, New York City
Paul Rosenberg, Goliath Artists, New York City
Theodor K. Sedlmayr, II, Esq., Sedlmayr & Associates, PC, New York City 


Entertainment, Arts  and Sports Law  Section Blog

The Blog Provides a Forum and News Source on Issues of Interest The blog acts as a new informational resource on topics of interest, including the latest Section programs and Initiatives, as well as provides a forum for debate and discussion to anyone in the world with access to the Internet. It is available through the New York State Bar Association Web site at http://nysbar.com/blogs/EASL

To submit a Blog entry, email Elissa D. Hecker at eheckeresq@eheckeresq.com


Diverse opinions contribute to the vitality of the law, and for every topic there are many issues to be addressed. TheEntertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal is a forum for ideas and a repository for legal analyses and theories. The EASL Journal presents topics that EASL attorneys address on a daily basis, and provides comprehensive overviews of both large issues that affect a majority of the EASL Section membership and analyses of more specific issues that affect only a few. In addition to contributions from practicing attorneys, the EASL Journal accepts articles from laypersons involved with issues that affect many in the EASL fields. The EASL Journal is published three times a year by the Entertainment, Art and Sports Law Section and distributed to Section members free of charge.

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