Entertainment Arts & Sports Law Section

  • EASL Private Member Communities
    Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Member Community The member communities are private, online professional networks, built on the concept of listserves that offer enhanced features such as collaboration tools and document libraries.
  • EASL Film Finance
    REGISTER NOW: Independent Film Finance and Distribution Thursday, April 24, 2014
  • Section Events
    • April 24 Independent Film Finance and Distribution

      Independent Film Finance and Distribution:  Navigating a Diverse Landscape

      Co-Sponsored by:
      New York State Bar Association Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section
      Metropolitan Black Bar Association
      Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law 

      Date:       Thursday, April 24, 2014

      Time:        6:00pm-8:05PM (panel); 8:05pm-9:15pm (reception)

      Location:  Cardozo Law School, Room 424
                     55 Fifth Avenue (at 12th Street)
                     New York, New York 10017 

      This CLE program is a discussion of independent film finance and distribution:  how can one navigate this very competitive and changing landscape in general, and especially for the diverse filmmaker or the filmmaker whose topic is aimed at diverse audiences.  To be followed by a networking reception.  

      Moderator and Speakers:

      • David Morrison, Esq., co-founder and Executive Director of The Indie Film Clinic, a not for profit clinical program that provides transactional representation to independent, documentary and student filmmakers, and a Lecturer in Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (Moderator)
      • Karen Robson, Esq., head of the Los Angeles office of the New York-based law firm of Pryor Cashman LLP whose practice is primarily in film and television finance and production.
      • Erica Anderson, producer, actress, Director of Crowdfunding, and a founding member of Seed&Spark, a crowdfunding and digital distribution platform built specifically for Independent Film.
      • Allie Esslinger, producer and founder of Section II, a film company and a multi-platform network for distributing curated, lesbian-related content.
      • Michael Melamedoff, writer, director and producer, as well as Director of Investor Relations for Dogfish Accelerator, a fellowship designed to advance entrepreneurship in film

      CLE Credits:        2.5 CLE – professional practice. 

      Cost:  Students:  $5; NYSBA and MBBA Members:  $10; Others:  $25 

      REGISTER TODAY!   Space is limited.

      ELECTRONIC COURSE MATERIALS: NYSBA distributes all program materials exclusively online in searchable PDF. 

    • Save the Date: EASL's Spring Meeting

      EASL's Spring Meeting 

      May 21, 2014
      3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
      Herrick, Feinstein LLP
      2 Park Avenue 
      New York, NY  10016

      The Publicity, Privacy and Media Committee and the Motion Picture Committee will present panels at EASL's Spring Meeting followed by a cocktail reception. 

      Watch for more information and registration materials to follow soon. 

  • The EASL Blog

    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

  • EASL Journal

    EASL Journal


    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. Edited by Elissa D. Hecker, Esq., 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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  • EASL Member Community

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    What are Member Communities?
    The member communities are private, online professional networks, built on the concept of listserves that offer enhanced features such as collaboration tools and document libraries. They offer you a variety of tools to help you connect, network and work collaboratively with fellow NYSBA members. 

    To participate, each member has a profile based on their basic membership information. You can enhance your profile by adding your photo, professional affiliations, volunteer activities and other accomplishments. You have the option to pull information from your LinkedIn profile, or even link to your personal blog or other social media feeds.

    How Can I Use It?
    Seamlessly integrated with nysba.org, no additional login or password is needed to enter a community. You just need to be a NYSBA member. 

    Just like a listserv, members of a specific community can share information with one another using email. Documents are emailed among members using links as opposed to email attachments, as attachments can be problematic with spam filters or limits on file size. Members can receive community emails as the messages are posted, or in digest form. These resource libraries have no space limitations, accept all file types, and can be organized using folders. Any member of a community can contribute to the library.

    If you are a member of a NYSBA Section, Committee or Task Force, and working to develop a report, white paper, policy change or recommendation, an online community is the perfect forum for you and your colleagues. You have a dedicated space designed to facilitate an efficient and collaborative work effort.

    Start using your EASL member community now.