Entertainment Arts & Sports Law Section

  • Phil Cowen Memorial/BMI Scholarship Writing Competition
    Phil Cowan Memorial/BMI Scholarship Writing Competition Deadline: December 12, 2014
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    Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Annual Meeting: Tuesday, January 27, 2015
    Register Now for Legal Aspects of Producing: March 25th and March 26th
  • Section Events
    • Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Annual Meeting: Tuesday, January 27, 2015

      Tuesday, January 27, 2015
      Meeting 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
      Reception 5:45 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

      Off-site: Bill’s Bar and Burger, 16 West 51st Street at 5th Avenue

      1. The TMZ Effect: The legal issues and consequences for the sports and entertainent industry arising out of the unexpected release of purported private information to the public. In light of the recent scandals exposed on TMZ, we will examine the instantaneous repercussions for athletes and celebrities, and how legal representatives advise their clients when personal matters jeopardize their professional careers and opportunities.

      2. Athletes, Attorneys and the NFL (New-Fangled Licensing); Sports Licensing In Light of Recent Decisions; New Channels of Commerce and Emerging Technologies. An in-depth moderated panel discussion by leading practitioners in the sports licensing field, focusing on the impact to the drafting of licensing contracts among athletes, clubs, leagues and licensees. This panel will explore the application of several new developments in the law and business practice that have affected the drafting and enforcement of sports licensing contracts, in particular, the NFL a few days before the Super Bowl.

      Register Online Now!   Or download Annual Meeting Registration Form and return with your payment by faxing to 518.463.5993





      Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - Thursday, March 26, 2015 

      Snapple Theatre | 210 West 50th Street | New York, NY 10019

      This program qualifies for up to 6.0 MCLE Credits in professional practice 

      NYSBA and CTI Members: $285.00 for Both Days | $165.00 for One Day 
      Non-Members: $375.00 for Both Days | $225.00 for One Day 
      Students: $185.00 for Both days | $95.00 for One Day

      Program Description:
      The Entertainment Arts and Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, in collaboration with the Commercial Theater Institute, the industry's leading training program, will host an intensive CLE seminar that will focus on the roles that theatrical lawyers have in guiding both new and seasoned industry professionals through all of the stages and legal aspects of producing. Led by the top entertainment lawyers in the business, the seminar will cover the basics from acquiring rights, investor fundamentals, agreements in the not-for-profit world, international licensing and contracts with the creative team (other than the dramatists), and then we will get into specific case studies to show how these specifics are put into play, and the successes and challenges met along the way.

      Speakers and More Information will be added soon.


      For more information: Beth Gould at bgould@nysba.org | CTI Members Looking to Register Please contact Beth Gould at 518-487-5674

  • 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


    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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  • EASL Member Community

    Start using your EASL member community now.

    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.