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3rd Annual Nova Southeastern University Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium

In a little bit less than two weeks from now, I will be sitting on a panel at the Nova Southeastern University Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium. If you will be in South Florida, I hope to see you there. For more information about the entire event, see below.

What: Third Annual Nova Southeastern University Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium: “Seeing the Future Through 20-20 Vision”

When: Saturday, February 20, 2010 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)

Where: Shepard Broad Law Center – Davie, Florida (map)

9:30-10:00: Check-in and Breakfast

10:00-10:20: Opening Remarks

10:20-11:10: Mediation in the Entertainment and Sports Industries
This panel will cover techniques and uses of mediation in IP, entertainment and sports law. This panel will also discuss ethical concerns for mediators, lawyers, and clients involved in mediation.

John Bradley, Managing Member, John F. Bradley, PA
Jeff Grubman, Mediator, Arbitrator, Managing Member, Jeffrey Grubman, PA
Paul Lopez, Mediator, Arbitrator, Director, Tripp Scott, PA
Justin Wineburgh, Member, Cozen O’Connor Tom Player, Owner, Player Entertainment law

11:10-12:00: Publicity Rights of Amateur Athletes

This panel will discuss the balancing of the rights of student athletes against the ever increasing commercialism of the NCAA.

Larry Most, Director of Advertising and Sales, Fox Sports

12:00-1:20: Luncheon
Excellence in Sports Award
Keynote Address by Tim Hardaway

1:20-2:10: Film and Television in Florida

Why is Florida behind other states in terms of funding for the arts, tax rebates and incentives? What needs to change for Florida to be on par with the rest of the country?

Don Mandrik, President, Georgia Production Finance, LIP
Ivan Parron, Parron and Associates, PL
Noel Paynter, COO, Film Production Capital, LLC
Hackie Reitman, CEO, Prochild Elder Entertainment, LLC

2:10-2:20: Break

2:20-3:10: Redemption: Athletes Overcoming Their Indiscretions
Modern day athletes find themselves in a lot of trouble, both legally (criminal and civil) and otherwise. Oftentimes, attorneys are needed to ameliorate the situation and clean up the mess. Depending on the athlete and circumstances, the path back to respectability may be long and arduous. Alternatively, some athletes seem to get off easier than others in both the eyes of the law and/or the public. This panel will examine both ends of the spectrum, distinguishing and analyzing the individual circumstances.

Alan Fertel, Partner, Pathman Lewis, LLP
Darren Heitner, CEO, Dynasty Athlete Representation
Jason Weiss, Associate, Arnstein & Lehr, LLP
Theodore Curtis, Professor of Sports Management, Lynn University

3:10-4:00: Adult Entertainment

This panel will address ethical and other concerns of Adult Entertainment as a unique sub-industry. The focus of this panel will be the similarities and differences between the law for adult entertainment for instance online websites like hdpornvideo xxx and entertainment law as a whole, including 1st amendment issues.

Allen Bennett, Associate, Christopher & Weisberg, PA
Kim Kolback, Sarah Steinbaum, PA
Jason Weiss, Associate, Arnstein & Lehr, LLP
Richard Wolfe, Erhenstein, Charbonneau & Calderin

Cost (Registration Form):

  • NSU Law Students ($15 – Pre-Registration | $20 – On-Site)
  • Law Students (other schools) ($25 – Pre-Registration | $35 – On-Site)
  • NSU Students (non-law) ($25 – Pre-Registration | $35 – On-Site)
  • General Admission ($35 – Pre-Registration | $45 – On-Site)
  • Attorneys for CLE ($80 – Pre-Registration | $90 – On-Site)

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.