Entertainment Arts & Sports Law Section

  • EASL Fashion Committee CLE
    EASL: FASHION LAW ANNUAL CLE Thursday, April 29th at the Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Film and Copyright
    EASL: Spring Meeting | May 12th | Herrick Feinstein LLP Topics Include: Cutting-Edge Case Developments in Entertainment Law and Counseling Clients on the Use of Trademarked and Copyrighted Works in Media Productions
  • Section Events
    • April 29, 2015: Fashion Law Committee CLE Program

      Identity Crisis! Legal and PR Aspects of Managing Brand Image in Celebrity Endorsements and Licensing Agreements [Gone Wrong]

      Fashion Institute of Technology's Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology 
      Katie Murphy Amphitheatre  
      7th Ave at W. 21st Street 
      New York, NY 10001
      5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Welcoming Reception 
      6:00 p.m. - 8:05 p.m. - Panel/Q&A
      8:05 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Networking

      This program qualifies for 2.5 MCLE credits in Professional Practice, this program is not transitional so does not qualify for newly admitted attorneys

      As you wait in the checkout line at your local supermarket, you are so bored that you grab a gossip mag from the display above the mints. (OK, so it’s really because you secretly love the sleaze… but we won’t tell.) Flipping through the pages, you are consumed by the latest celebrity news: love, heartbreak and… uh oh… scandal. The top news story recounts a young celebutant’s night of partying that ended in her arrest.  In the wake of this incident, said starlet has been dropped by the trendy clothing line she served as brand ambassador for. “How can they do that!?” you think to yourself.  “Isn’t there a contract they have to honor?” “And what about free speech?” 
      Recently, such situations have become quite common, resulting in an increased importance placed on contract terms designed to protect a fashion brand’s reputation. This need for image control does not stop at celebrity endorsements. A brand’s reputation can be at risk if the brand is associated with manufacturers or factories alleged to be in violation of health, safety and labor laws. 
      NYSBA’s Fashion Law Committee, in partnership with the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology, invites you to attend its annual CLE event for a lively discussion of these issues.  Industry attorneys and PR professionals will discuss the ins-and-outs of image protection from a legal and public relations perspective. Hear as they relay best practices in negotiating celebrity endorsement deals, discuss the importance and effectiveness of morality clauses and advise on avoiding reputational damage in the event of a “rogue” brand representative.  Panelists will also discuss these issues as they apply to labor and safety standards.

      Kristin G. Garris, Esq., Associate, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

      Daniel Bellizio, Esq., Partner, Bellizio + Igel PLLC
      Marc Beckman, Founder & CEO of DMA United
      Anthony Caruso, Esq., Partner and Chair of Sports Media & Entertainment, Scarinci Hollenbeck, LLC
      Crystal Howard, Public Relations and Communications Consultant
      Guillermo Jiménez, Esq.,  Professor, International Trade and Fashion Law at the Fashion Institute of Technology of the State University of New York 
      Robin Sackin, Chairperson, Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology's Fashion Merchandise Management Program at the Fashion Institute of Technology of the State University of New York

      Register Today! 
      EASL Members: $25.00  
      NYSBA Members: $50.00 
      Non-NYSBA Members: $85.00

      To register over the phone please call our State Bar Service Center at 1-800-582-2452

      For Questions: Beth Gould at bgould@nysba.org

    • April 30-May 2, 2015 ASCAP Expo

      EASL Members get a discounted rate, please contact Beth Gould at bgould@nysba.org for more information.




      Tuesday, May 12, 2015

      3:00 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: $90.00 | Non-NYSBA Members: $100.00 | NYSBA Law Students: $25.00

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


      3:00pm - 4:30pm: Cutting-Edge Case Developments in Entertainment Law

      Stan Soocher, Esq., Editor-in-Chief, Entertainment Law & Finance

      Discussion of recent cases covering issues such as discovery limits in digital-download royalty litigation, TV series development partnerships, investor rights in film projects, personal jurisdiction in copyright termination suits, termination rights vs. copyright assignment extensions, impact of statute of limitations for copyright ownership claims on that for infringement actions, legal malpractice rulings, work-for-hire in videogame content creation, author’s reserved rights vs. publisher e-book formats, when an artist self-releases an album during artist/label litigation, and attempts by talent to demand edits in films.

      4:40pm - 6:10 pm: Counseling Clients on the Use of Trademarked and Copyrighted Works in Media Productions

      Barry Werbin Esq., Herrick, Feinstein LLP
      Cathy Carapella, VP of Global ImageWorks
      Dr. Theodore Feder, President of Artist Rights Society
      Jill C. Greenwald, Esq., Assistant Chief Counsel ABC, Inc.

      Topics covered will include use and licensing of photographs, art and trademarked building imagery in film and TV productions, researching ownership or control of copyrighted works of art and design, and evaluating the time and expense needed to obtain rights and clearances.  The panel will consist of attorneys with deep experience with these issues and professionals with clearance companies who will address industry standards and practical recommendations. The presentation will include hypotheticals and images that illustrate the challenges.


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

      To register over the phone call the State Bar Service Center at 1-800-582-2452

    • May 1st: BESLA'S 2015 Mid-Year Conference

      As long-time collaborators on bar leadership, enrichment, diversity and inclusion initiatives, The Black Sports And Entertainment Lawyers Association (BESLA) Cordially invites NYSBA’s EASL section members to attend:


      Friday, May, 1, 2015

      Fordham University Law School
      Constantino Room
      150 W 62nd St | New York, NY 10023 (Between 9th & 10th Ave)

      If you are interested in learning from and networking with Entertainment & Sports industry professionals, as well as discussing challenging and important current legal topics in the Entertainment & Sports industries, then we are pleased to invite you to join us in New York City for the Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association’s (“BESLA”) 2015 Mid-Year Conference hosted by Fordham Law School and Sponsored by Morgan Stanley’s Global Sports & Entertainment Division on Friday May 1, 2015.  Plan to spend an exciting day with BESLA, with a full day of activities that includes: (1) a day of thought-provoking panel discussions with leading industry executives from entertainment and sports sharing their knowledge on cutting-edge issues, (2) networking opportunities throughout the day, (3) breakfast and lunch, and (4) an early evening networking reception.  CLE credits will be offered.

      Registration Fees: 
      General Admission:    $225 | NYSBA Members:    $175 | MBBA Members:    $175 | Law Students: $95

      REGISTER: http://www.besla.org/#!2015-mid-year-conference/ccth

      *NYSBA Members please use 2015myc as the password for registration under "Event Partner Organization Members"

      Panel Topics

      •   Entertainment & Sports Lawyering in the Age of New Media
      •   Lessons from the C-Suite: Running a Media & Entertainment Network
      •   Current Hot Topics & Legal Challenges in the Music Business
      •   Making it in Sports & Entertainment as a Diverse Attorney
      •   Representing Sports, Music, TV & Film Talent in the Digital Age
      •   Representing Professional Sports Teams and Leagues

      Confirmed Speakers:

      •   Jared Bartie –Counsel, Arent Fox
      •   Hal Biagas – General Counsel, Excel Sports Management
      •   Lisa Davis – Partner, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, P.C.
      •   Jeff Gewirtz – EVP, Business Affairs & Chief Legal Officer, Brooklyn Nets & Barclays Center
      •   Dan Halem – Chief Legal Officer, Major League Baseball
      •   Derrick Heggans – Founder, Team Turnaround
      •   Derek Jackson – SVP & General Counsel, Miami Marlins
      •   Jamaal Lesane – VP, Legal & Business Affairs, NY Knicks & Madison Square Garden
      •   Mark Levinsohn – Levinsohn & Associates
      •   Derek Medina – SVP, Business Affairs, ABC News
      •   Michael Kushner –EVP, Business & Legal Affairs, Atlantic Records
      •   Riche’ McKnight – SVP, Global Head of Litigation, William Morris Endeavor - IMG
      •   Matthew J. Middleton – Of Counsel, Sweeney, Johnson & Sweeney
      •   Joseph Molko – SVP, Content Distribution & Marketing, Viacom Media Networks
      •   Khadijah Sharif-Drinkard – SVP & Associate General Counsel, BET Networks
      •   Jim Tanner – President, Tandem Sports & Entertainment
      •   Nadja Webb – SVP, Business and Legal Affairs, Viacom Media Networks
      •   Tatia Williams – VP, Business Affairs, National Basketball Association 
      •   Eve Wright – SVP, US Sports Marketing at Unscriptd.com

      Additional Invited Speakers

      •   Debra Lee –CEO & President, BET Networks
      •   Keith Clinkscales – CEO, Revolt TV
      •   Sean McManus – Chairman, CBS Sports
      •   David Rone – President, Time Warner Cable Networks & Time Warner Cable Sports
      •   Virginia Lazalde McPherson – SVP, Business & Legal Affairs, TruTV
      •   Adolpho Birch – SVP, Law & Labor Policy, National Football League
      •   Marc Lamont Hill – BET, CNN & Huffington Post News Correspondent
      •   Mark Cheatham – Agent, CAA
      •   Darrale Spears – VP, Sony Music

      Tentative Schedule:  
      8:00 – 8:50am – Breakfast
      9:00 – 10:30am - Session 1
      10:45 – 12:15 – Session 2
      12:30 – 2pm – Luncheon – Session 3
      2:15 – 3:45pm – Session 4
      4:00 – 5:30pm – Session 5
      6:00pm – 8:00pm – Networking Cocktail Reception 


      The Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, formed in 1980. BESLA is an organization of lawyers and other entertainment and sports industry executives that supports a more diversified, expert and informed group of entertainment and sports industry professionals.  Our mission is to advance the excellence of professionals in the Entertainment, Sports and related industries.

  • 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.