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The Evolving Landscape of Drugs and Scandals in Sports and Entertainment

Sponsored by the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law and the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Law Sections

Thursday, October 18, 2018
2:30pm - 5:30pm Followed by a Networking Reception
At Arent Fox, 1301 Avenue of the Americas (52nd - 53rd Streets), 42nd Floor, New York, NY
3 hours of CLE credits in Areas of Professional Practice



2:30 – 2:45pm            Welcome and Introduction - Barry Skidelsky, Esq., New York, NY   EASL Chair
2:45 – 4:00pm            Panel One: This panel will address the intersection of sports and drug laws, touching on the usage of legal and illegal substances to enhance athletic performance, as well as regulatory issues relating to drug approvals and dietary supplements.
1.5 credits of Professional Practice

Moderator:                 Brian Malkin, Esq., Arent Fox, Washington, DC (FDC Chair)

Panelists:                   Rick Collins, Esq., Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry, Mineola, NY
                                   Jay Manfre, Esq., Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry, Mineola, NY 
                                   Cameron Myler, Esq., CAS Arbitrator/NYU Professor, New York, NY
                                   Bill Ordower, Esq., EVP/GC, Major League Soccer, New York, NY
                                   Adolpho Birch, Esq., (invited) SVP/Labor Policy & League Affairs, National Football League, New York, NY

4:00 – 4:15pm            Break

4:15 – 5:30pm            Panel Two: This panel will discuss the legal fallout in entertainment and sports from what has come to be known as the "Me Too" movement. Topics to be covered include a brief overview of NYS and NYC sexual harassment statutes; defending against the firing, arrest, scandal or a controversy involving a celebrity entertainment, sports or corporate media client; the legal status of non-disclosure and arbitration agreements in sexual harrassment cases; and the relevance of inclusion riders in a #MeToo world.
1.5 credits of Professional Practice
Program Co-Chairs: Ann LaBarbera, Esq., Pamela Jones, Esq., Robert Seigel, Esq.

Moderator:                 Eriq Gardner, Sr. Editor, The Hollywood Reporter, New York, NY

Panelists:                   Ben Brafman, Esq., Brafman & Associates, New York, NY
                                    Greg Chiarello, Esq., Outten & Golden, New York, NY
                                    Kalpana Kotagal, Esq., Cohen Milstein, Washington, DC
                                    Jennifer O'Sullivan, Esq., Arent Fox, New York, NY
                                    Kristin Klein Wheaton, Esq., Goldberg Sagalla, Buffalo, NY

5:30 – 7:00pm            Networking Reception

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Discounts and Scholarships: New York State Bar Association members and non-members may apply for a discount or scholarship to attend this program, based on financial hardship. This discount applies to the educational portion of the program only. Under that policy, any member of our Association or non-member who has a genuine basis of his/her hardship, if approved, can receive a discount or scholarship, depending on the circumstances. To apply for a discount or scholarship, please send your request in writing to Kristina Maldonado at: New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207 or

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