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Georgetown Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium

What: 3rd Annual Georgetown Entertainment & Media Alliance (GEMA) Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium

When: April 16, 2010 (8:15 a.m. –

Where: Georgetown University, McDonough Room 200

Cost: Attorney receiving CLE credit ($159, $179), Attorney/Practitioner w/out CLE credit ($99, $129), Non-Georgetown Student ($19, $39), Georgetown Student (Free, Free).  First number is applicable if you register before April 7th.  Second price is if you wait until after that date to register.  Click here to register.


8:15 – 9:00 a.m. – Networking Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:10 – 10:55 a.m. – Adapting to New Media: A Look at the Legal Barriers Faced by the Entertainment and Media Industries in Adapting their Business Models to Include New Media.

  • Dan Brenner, Partner, Hogan and Hartson
  • Erin Dozier – Associate General Counsel, National Association of Broadcasters
  • Bennett Fidlow – Partner, Schroder, Fidlow, Titley & Davis, PLC
  • Mark MacCarthy – Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University
  • Jon Sichel – Acting General Manager, Travel Channel Media

11:00 – 12:30 p.m. – The Future of the Music Industry: A Look at the Drastic Changes to the World of Music.

  • Robyn Guilliams – Attorney, Fettmann, Tolchin & Majors, P.C.
  • Marcus Johnson – Founder, Three Keys Music Label
  • Colin Rushing – Attorney, SoundExchange

12:30 – 1:30 -p.m. – Lunch

1:35 – 3:05 p.m. – Privacy v. Publicity: A Look at the Competing Interests of an Athlete and Entertainer’s Right to Privacy versus the Media’s Right to Speak Freely.

  • Meaghan Kent – Attorney, Venable LLP
  • Terence Ross – Partner, Crowell & Moring
  • Alicia Shephard – Professor, Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies; Ombudsman, National Public Radio

3:10 – 3:35 p.m. – Networking Break

3:40 – 5:10 p.m. – Labor and Arbitration in Sports: A Look at the Role of Arbitration in the Sports Industry.

  • Donald Fish – Assistant General Manager, Director of Legal Affairs, Washington Capitals
  • Damon Jones – Vice President and General Counsel, Washington Nationals
  • James Oldham – Professor, Georgetown Law; Labor Arbitrator
  • Benjamin Zelenko – Senior Counsel, Baach, Robinson and Lewis PLLC

5:10 – 6:30 p.m. – Reception

7:05 p.m. – Washington Nationals Game – Tickets will be sold in conjunction with Symposium registration at a discounted rate.

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.

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