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Entertainment Arts & Sports Law Section

Dear EASL and IP Section Members:

On Saturday, February 23rd, the EASL and IP Sections will be co-sponsoring a Pro Bono Clinic at Dance/NYC's 2019 Symposium. The Clinic will take place between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Hunter College, 695 Park Avenue, NYC.

If you are a licensed attorney and would like to volunteer for one or more of the 30 minute time slots, please email Elissa D. Hecker at and specify your contact information (name, firm/company, phone number and email address), which time slot(s), area(s) of expertise, and whether you are an EASL and/or IP Section member.

We are looking for volunteers with experience in the following general areas:

  • 501(c)(3) vs. LLC/Corp structure issues, choice of entity for incorporation- for- vs. not- for-profit (please specify if you have not-for-profit incorporation experience)
  • Basics of corporate setup
  • Agreements in general, including collaboration and ownership, performer, film crew, independent contractor language, etc.
  • Copyright questions for choreographic works, protection of choreography
  • Licensing
  • Business related, general contract questions
  • Fair Use issues
  • General entertainment
  • Intellectual Property (copyright and trademarks)
  • Immigration, visas

If you do not have pro bono liability insurance, you may be covered under EASL and IP’s policy for this Clinic. Please notify Elissa if you need such coverage.

As the only full-day gathering of the dance community in the metropolitan area, the Symposium aims to share information and innovation and to stimulate awareness, interest, and ongoing engagement in dance. It will make use of multiple studios for panel discussions, case studies, interactive workshops, a networking lunch, and more. For more information about the Symposium, please visit

Thank you,

Elissa D. Hecker
EASL Pro Bono Steering Committee Co-Chair

Debra Resnick
IP Pro Bono Committee Chair


Dear EASL Member:

We are pleased to extend a new benefit to you as part of your EASL Membership. We've partnered with the team at SXSW® and are offering EASL members access to SXSW® badges at a discounted price for registrations to the 2019 SXSW® conference and festival. This goes for any kind of badge to this year's SXSW® event.

Scheduled for March 8th - 17th, 2019, SXSW® has evolved into one of the premier global conferences of its kind and we're excited to offer this discounted access.
All badges provide access to CLE Sessions (March 8-17).

To receive this benefit, you must contact Kristina Maldonado at by March 1, 2019.

Lastly, you must have renewed your NYSBA and EASL Membership for 2019 to qualify for this benefit. To check on your membership status, please contact Kristina Maldonado at:

Protecting Artist's Legacya third session in the series of professional education events for the artists

March 13, 2019
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.; followed by a Q&A and a wine and cheese networking reception with the panelists. 

31 Mamaroneck Ave, 9th Floor
White Plains, NY 10601

This event is complimentary, however, registration is required. 

Please join us for an informative and practical discussion of the ways to protect an artist’s legacy through advance planning.  The speakers will give an introduction into wills and artists’ foundations, and provide suggestions as to issues to take into account. The panel discussion with be followed by a Q&A and a wine and cheese networking reception with the panelists.



Adam Buchwalter, Esq., Wilson Elser 

Amy Lehmann, Esq., VLA

Judy Siegel, Esq., Pro Bono Partnership



Jana Farmer, Esq., Wilson Elser

Nisa Ojalvo, Esq., LVMH



Questions? Please contact Kristina Maldonado:

EASL's 8th Annual Legal Aspects of Producing:  An Inside Approach to Navigating the Theatrical World 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 -Thursday, March 28, 2019 

The Theater Center
210 West 50th, 4th Floor
New York, NY

5:30PM – 9:15PM (each night) 


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

This program approved for up to 7.0 credit hours, in the area of professional practice for experienced attorneys only.  This program will not qualify for newly admitted attorneys because it is not a basic practical skills program. 

For the eighth straight year, The Theater and Performing Arts Committee of The Entertainment Arts and Sports Law Section (EASL) of the New York State Bar Association, in collaboration with The Commercial Theater Institute (CTI), the industry’s leading training program, is proud to host an intensive 2-evening CLE seminar focusing on the roles that theatrical lawyers have in guiding both new and seasoned industry professionals through all of the stages and legal aspects of theater producing.  

Led by the top entertainment lawyers in the business, the first evening will cover the acquisition of underlying rights and securing contracts with the dramatists, as well as the engagement of other members of the creative team.  The second evening will focus on capitalizing development and production of stage plays and musicals, including new avenues for fundraising unavailable to producers a few years ago, as well as a panel discussion addressing emerging trends and “hot topics” in the industry (including recent movements by the actors’ union to have their members share in net profits, new case law regarding fair use and changes in fundraising techniques and documentation, among other issues relevant to practitioners).    


For more information: Kristina Maldonado at| CTI Alumni Looking to Register Please Fill out the Registration Form or contact Kristina Maldonado at 518-487-5588

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

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

More information coming soon! 

Purchase the entire program or just the panels you are interested in! 


(if you are interested in just certain panels click on the panel title above) 

Bundle and SAVE: EXCLUSIVE Member Benefit - Bundling/Discount for Recorded Products 
Bundle your recorded CLE program purchases and save up to 40% off of your cart total! Here’s how it works: 

Select your recorded programs by format ( online video/audio streamingDVD/CD) and place them in your shopping cart.  The more products/credits you place in your shopping cart, the bigger the discount: 4 credits or more earns you 10% off of your shopping cart total; 8 or more credits earn 20% off; 10 or more 30% and 12 or more a maximum of 40% in savings.  


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 

Full Program Description  


Bundle and SAVE: EXCLUSIVE Member Benefit - Bundling/Discount for Recorded Products 
Bundle your recorded CLE program purchases and save up to 40% off of your cart total! Here’s how it works: 

Select your recorded programs by format ( online video/audio streamingDVD/CD) and place them in your shopping cart.  The more products/credits you place in your shopping cart, the bigger the discount: 4 credits or more earns you 10% off of your shopping cart total; 8 or more credits earn 20% off; 10 or more 30% and 12 or more a maximum of 40% in savings.  


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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