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New England Sports, Entertainment, & IP Law Symposium

What: 1st Annual New England Sports & Entertainment/IP Law Symposium at Maine Law

When: Saturday, April 2, 2011 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Where: Moot Court room at Maine Law


  • Catherine Bigley McGovern: Dr. McGovern teaches Entertainment Law and Theatre Law at DePaul University College of Law. Her consulting practice is focuses on Art Law, Entertainment Law and Cultural Property. She has an active practice in mediation and arbitration in the Arts and Cultural Property areas. Dr. McGovern has been trained by The California Lawyers for The Arts and the Academy of Dispute Resolution Attorneys and has a particular sensitivity to the concerns and interests of artists in all disciplines.
  • Peter McGovern: Director of the Center for International Business and Trade Law and administrative coordinator for the seven Centers for Excellence at the John Marshall Law School. Professor McGovern has served as Professor and Dean at the John Marshall Law School, Acting Dean at the University of South Dakota School of Law and Dean at Valparaiso University School of Law and St Thomas University School of Law. He teaches Elder Law, Estates and Trusts, International Commercial Dispute Resolution, and Transactional Negotiations.
  • Rita Heimes: Director of the Center for Law & Innovation and a Research Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Intellectual Property Clinic, Copyright Law and Trademark Law at the University of Maine School of Law. In addition to serving entrepreneurs seeking trademark and copyright advice with the IP Clinic, Rita serves as co-chair of the Research Council at USM, and as a governor-appointed member of the Maine Innovation Economy Advisory Board which acts as an advisory committee to the state‚Äôs Office of Innovation. Rita has practiced IP law, environmental law and commercial litigation.

Cost: Free. Food will be provided.

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.