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Cost to Attend: EASL Members: $50
                           NYSBA Members: $80
                           Non-NYSBA Memebers: $100

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EASL Annual Spring Meeting 2019


A 3 hour Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Program, immediately followed by a Networking Reception, EASL's 2019 Spring Meeting will touch on three of life's certainties: death, taxes and our annual review of entertainment litigation by Stan Soocher, Esq., long-term EASL friend and editor-in-chief of Entertainment Law & Finance.

Stan's presentation will be followed by two panels. The first panel will focus on tax issues, including an overview and discussion of the latest tax law changes relevant to the media and entertainment industries, as well as New York State film and television tax incentives. 

The second panel will touch on related trusts and estates matters, including practical tips regarding estate planning and copyright terminations, as well as an update on recently proposed legislative changes to New York's right of publicity statutes. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Reception: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Bracewell LLP
1251 Avenue of the Americas (49th-50th)
 49th Floor
 New York, NY 10020

3.0 MCLE Credits in Areas of Professional Practice 

NYSBA Member: $80 | Non-Member: $100 | Section Member: $50


Agenda Topics

· Entertainment Litigation Annual Review
· Tax
· Trust and Estates 

Program Co-Chairs

Ethan Bordman, Esq. | Ethan Y. Bordman, PLLC
Robert Seigel, Esq.
Marc Jacobson, Esq. | Marc Jacobson, PC

Program Faculty 

Stan Soocher, Esq. | Editor-in-Chief, Entertainment Law & Finance 
Michele Alexander, Esq. | Bracewell LLP
Fred Siegel, CPA | Fred Siegel CPA
Tracy Landauer, Esq. | Culhane Meadows PLLC
Marc Jacobson, Esq.| Marc Jacobson, PC
Jeremy Sheff, Esq. | Director, Intellectual Property Law Center, St. Johns Law School


Full Agenda Can Be View Here


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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.

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Disrupting Implicit Bias in the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Industries:
A Focus on the Legal Profession

Panelists will share best practices for disrupting implicit bias in the legal profession with a particular focus on the Entertainment, Arts and Sports law field.

Sponsored by the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section, and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education of the New York State Bar Association.

Thursday, May 16, 2019
Registration: 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. | CLE Program: 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. | Reception: 7:15 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Pryor Cashman LLP
7 Times Square Tower
New York, NY 10036

1.5 MCLE Credits | 1.0 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias, 0.5 Areas of Professional Practice

Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section Members: $15 | NYSBA Member: $30 | Non-Member: $50

Program Chair
Anne S. Atkinson, Esq. | Of Counsel | Pryor Cashman LLP

Cheryl L. Davis, Esq. | General Counsel | Authors Guild

Program Faculty
Carla M. Miller, Esq. | Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs & Litigation Counsel | Universal Music Group
Jill Pilgrim, Esq. | Founder | Pilgrim & Associates Law Offices
Deborah Robinson, Esq. | Vice President, Anti-Piracy BALA | Viacom Inc.
Joshua Zuckerberg, Esq. | Partner | Pryor Cashman LLP


November 15, 2019 - Save the Date - Music Business and Law Conference

New York Law School | 185 West Broadway | New York, NY 10013

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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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Were you unable to make it EASL’s Annual Meeting Program? Purchase the recording and receive 4.0 credits in Professional Practice (Non-Transitional) 

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

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


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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