Entertainment Arts & Sports Law Section

  • EASL Children at Work
    "Caution: Children At Work” What You Need to Know about Child Employment in the Entertainment Industry November 13, 2014 | 4:00pm - 7:30pm
  • Phil Cowen Memorial/BMI Scholarship Writing Competition
    Phil Cowan Memorial/BMI Scholarship Writing Competition Deadline: December 12, 2014
  • Section Events
    • Representing Comic Book Properties: From Creation to The Panel To The Silver Screen

      Representing Comic Book Properties: From Creation to The Panel To The Silver Screen

      Wednesday, October 29, 2014 | New York City | PC: 0DS24
      New York State Society of CPAs | 14 Wall Street, 19th Floor | New York, NY 10005
      12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.
      Not Able to Attend in Person? A Live Webcast Option is Available!*
      * Note: Newly admitted attorneys (less than twenty-four months) must attend the program in person to receive New York MCLE credit.
      2.0 TOTAL CREDITS: 2.0 Credit Hours in Skills
      Comic books are the new hot properties; movies, television, and the publishing industry are all scrambling to acquire the latest graphic novels. This CLE will help introduce lawyers and law students to the business and legal landscape of the comic book industry with an emphasis on practical skills.

      Some of the issues explored in this CLE:
      • An overview of comic book creation, publishing, distribution, and popular “D.I.Y.” alternatives
      • Critical IP issues in representing the comic book creator 
      • How to help your client get her comic book into the hands of the right publisher
      • Taking a comic property from the printed page to the silver screen
      • Key deal points involved in:
      o Comic book publishing agreements 
      o Illustrator agreements
      o Motion Picture Option/Purchase Agreements

      Thomas A. Crowell, Esq. is a partner in the law firm of Lane Sash and Larrabee, LLP, in the firm’s New York office. He is also the director of The Indie Film Clinic at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Mr. Crowell counsels clients on a wide range of entertainment law and intellectual property rights issues, in practice areas that range from film and television to comic book publishing, music, and the graphic arts.

      He is the series editor of the Focal Press “Pocket Lawyer for…” series and author of both “The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers” (Focal Press, 2ed. 2011) and the soon-to-be-published “The Pocket Lawyer for Comic Book Creators.” Mr. Crowell received his JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he graduated cum laude, Order of the Coif. He is admitted to the bars of New York, New Jersey, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

      Who Should Attend:
      Intellectual Property Attorneys. Arts and Entertainment Attorneys. General Counsel. Anyone who is interested in the world of comic book properties.

      ELECTRONIC COURSE MATERIALS: NYSBA distributes all program materials exclusively online in searchable PDF format. Traditional printed course books can be ordered at the program site for a discounted price and will be shipped subsequent to the program date.

      Register Today!
      NYSBA Members: $95
      Non Members: $195
      Note: Registration fees increase ten days prior to the program date.

      Registration: 11:30 a.m. Program: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

      Additional Information: This course has been approved for all attorneys, including those who are newly admitted (less than twenty-four months). Newly admitted attorneys must attend the program in person to receive New York MCLE credit.

      New York State Society of CPA's
      14 Wall Street
      New York, NY 10005

    • Caution: Children At Work What You Need to Know about Child Employment in the Entertainment Industry

      "Caution: Children At Work,” What You Need to Know about Child Employment in the Entertainment Industry

      Thursday, November 13, 2014 | 4:00pm - 7:30pm with Reception to Follow
      Loeb & Loeb LLP| 345 Park Avenue (between 51st & 52nd) | New York, NY 10154-1895

      This program is accredited for up to 3.5 MCLE Credit Hours in Professional Practice.   

      Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section and Labor & Employment Law Section Member Rate: $50.00
      NYSBA Member Rate: $90.00
      Non-NYSBA Member Rate: $125.00 

      The glamour and privileges for children in the entertainment industry are historically accompanied by unsafe, inappropriate and abusive working conditions, a lack of proper educational instruction and supervision, and historically, a misappropriation of their earned funds.   This fall program will present a panel of speakers, which is scheduled to include, Mark Knox, Esq.  of the New York State Department of Labor, Alan Simon and Karin Farrell of On Location Education, Doreen Small, Esq., of Marquart and Small, Avram Morell of Pryor, Cashman LLP., Michael Maizner of Kauff, McGuire and Margolis and  Diane Krausz, Esq.  The discussion will cover the new regulations that apply to models as well as child performers, education requirements and licensing, general work laws and permits, and court approval procedures pursuant to Article 35.03 of the NYS Arts and Cultural Affairs Law in New York Courts. You will benefit from this program whether you are new to this area of practice or are an experienced attorney looking to compare your knowledge and techniques with those of the faculty members.

      This program is co-sponsored by the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section and the Labor and Employment Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.

      Register online

      For questions about the program please contact Beth Gould: bgould@nysba.org 

      To register over the phone or to join NYSBA call our State Bar Service Center at 1-800-582-2452


      SAVE THE DATE LEGAL ASPECTS OF PRODUCING AN INSIDE APPROACH TO NAVIGATING Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Thursday, March 26, 2015  The Entertainment Arts and Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, in collaboration with the Commercial Theater

  • 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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