Announcement: Howard U Entertainment/Sports Law conference, Sept. 18-19

On September
18-19, 2015 Howard University School of Law is hosting a national conference focusing on entertainment,
arts, and sports law. It will be held at the Marriott Marquis in Washington,
DC. The conference agenda is below. Online registration is available here: The gala
dinner and awards ceremony honoring Professor Spencer Boyer is on Friday night.
The tickets for that event are available here:
New Global Paradigm for Entertainment,
Arts, and Sports Law Conference Agenda
September 18, 2015
9:00 am
– 9:10 am – Opening remarks
Holley-Walker, Dean, Howard University School of Law
“Nick Pittman, 
Partner, The Pittman Law Firm. P. C.
9:10 am
– 10:30 am
The New
Frontier in Sports Agency
This panel will provide a wide-ranging discussion on the business
of sports agency, including the changing landscape of player agency and the
benefits, if any, of sports participation or legal training in handling sports
agency issues and the changing standards that apply to agents
Mason P. Ashe, President, Ashe
Sports & Entertainment Consulting, Inc.
, Director, Moorad Center
for Sports Law, Villanova University; Columnist, Sports Illustrated,; NFL Business Analyst, ESPN
Donald Dell, Group
President, Lagardère Unlimited Americas
Rand E. Sacks,Principal, The
Sacks Group, PLLC
Leigh Steinberg,Principal, Steinberg
Sports and Entertainment
William “Bill” Strickland, Senior
Managing Partner, Stealth Sports, Stealth SME
am – 11:50 am
and Protecting Intellectual Property Rights Globally
Experienced practitioners and academicians will discuss the top
legal and business trends in the intellectual property area of the
entertainment and sports industries. Discussions will include those issues
surrounding the many challenges in obtaining and protecting intellectual
property rights domestically and internationally, and litigating infringement
and contract cases. 
Tonya M. Evans,
Associate Professor of Law, Widener University Commonwealth Law School
Russell Frackman,
Partner, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
Jonathan D. Goins,
Partner, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
E. Mulraine
, Bone McAllester Norton P.C. and
Professor of Law, Belmont University College of Law
11:50 am
– 12:00 pm
12:00 pm
– 1:20 pm (Lunch)
the NCAA’s Legal Division
Donald Remy, Esq., NCAA Executive Vice President and Chief Legal
1:30 pm
– 3:15 pm
Topics in Television and Digital Media 
This panel will include discussion of trending topics
surrounding business and legal affairs matters across all aspects of
television and digital media, including negotiation of deals for the
acquisition of original and off-network television series and movies;
television production of scripted, reality, sports and live programming;
digital programming, content creation, production and advertising; current
regulatory and other legal positions, policies and trends in the areas of
conventional and subscription television broadcasting, radio broadcasting,
telecasting via satellite communications, multi-point distribution or cable
television, as well as other related programs or informational delivery
Rhonda Edwards-Powell, Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, Scripps
Networks Interactive Inc.
Aleena Maher, Senior
Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, Viacom Media Networks
Crystal Morales, Vice President, Business
Affairs, Turner Broadcasting System
3:15 pm
– 3:30 pm
3:30 pm
– 5:30 pm
Chat with Players’ Association Executives
This panel includes player association executives and
practitioners discussing the challenges and successes of player associations on
issues such as collective bargaining, player compensation, antitrust issues,
player safety and player discipline issues. 
Anthony “Tony” Clark, Executive
Director, Major League Baseball Players Association (“MLBPA”)
Donald Fehr, Executive
Director, National Hockey League Players’ Association (“NHLPA”)
Michele A. Roberts,
Executive Director, National Basketball Players Association (“NBPA”)
DeMaurice F. Smith, Executive
Director, National Football League Players’ Association (“NFLPA”)
7:00 pm
– 10:00 pm
and Awards Gala
September 19, 2015
9:00 am
– 10:30 am
Business of Entertainment & the Arts 
This panel includes business executives, academicians and
practitioners who will offer views on a broad range of business and
legal topics related to the entertainment industry. Whether you are thinking
about starting a business or are facing the challenges of being in business,
this panel will be informational.
, Associate Professor,
University of Miami Frost School of Music and Vice President, Business
Solutions at Warner Music Group
Charles King, CEO
and Founder, Macro Ventures and Former William Morris Super Agent
Edward Woods, Senior
Partner, Edwards Woods, P.C.
am – 11:45 am
the Company’s Business and Legal Affairs Division
This panel will provide an insider’s view into the company’s
business and legal affairs division, as well as outline specific examples of
business developments that require both the application of traditional legal
skills as well as collaboration with business counterparts.
Joseph Dimona, Vice
President Legal Affairs, Broadcast Music, Inc.
Melanie S. Jones, Director,
Business & Legal Affairs, Discovery Communications, LLC.
Danielle Robinson, Counsel,
Radio One
am – 12:00 pm
pm – 1:25 (Lunch)
Speaker: TBD
1:30 pm
– 3:00 pm
Primer on Counseling Entertainment Industry Clients
Experienced attorneys and business executives will debate the key
legal, business and ethical issues that confront entertainment
clients. The panelists will discuss practicing entertainment law in a
secondary market versus a primary market and how to gain knowledge and
experience starting out in entertainment law. The panel will also provide
overviews on the predominant issues involved in personal management and agency
contracts, artist-record company agreements, producers and writer agreements,
TV and Film contracts, music publishing and book publishing and much more.
Ricky Anderson, Managing
Partner, Anderson and Smith, P.C.
Reggie Osse, Partner, Wade Osse Waldon, LLP;
Radio Personality, The Combat Jack Show
3:00 pm
– 3:15 pm
3:15 pm
– 4:45 pm
Topics in Sports Law
From safety concerns to injury issues, from play to discipline,
from on-the-field to off-the-field activities, and everything in-between, these
Panelists will discuss issues involving sports figures, teams,
leagues, and colleges ontoday’s and tomorrow’s hottest topics.
Executive Associate Dean for
Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, Wake Forest University School of
N. Jeremi Duru,
Professor of Law, American University’s Washington College of Law
Bret M. Kanis,
Hightower Law Firm
Daryl Washington, The Washington Law
Firm, P.C.
Brandon Wright, Director
of Compliance, University of Maryland 

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