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Duke Law School’s 2nd Annual Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium

What: Duke Law School’s 2nd Annual Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium – The Business: Recent Developments and New Challenges in Sports, Entertainment and the Law


Where: Duke Law School 3043 (map)

Schedule of Events

9:00 – 9:20: Registration and Networking Breakfast

9:20 – 9:30: Opening Remarks

9:30 – 10:15: Collective Bargaining Panel

  • David Feher, Partner, Co-Chair of Sports Litigation Practice, Dewey Leboeuf, New York Office
  • Gary Roberts, Dean and Professor of Law, Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis

10:20 – 11:05: New Age, New Problems: Athletes’ Rights of Publicity and Other IP Issues Panel

  • Curt Clausen, Associate, Skadden Arps, New York Office
  • Gary Roberts, Dean and Professor of Law, Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis

11:10 – 11:55: Entertainment Law Firm Panel

  • T. Robert Zochowski, Jr., Corporate Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • Adam Cooper, Corporate Associate, O’Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Alma Asay, Litigation Associate, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

12:00 – 12:30: Immigration Issues in Professional and Amateur Sports Presentation

  • Robert Seiger, Partner, Jackson Lewis, Philadelphia Office

12:30 – 1:30: Networking Lunch

1:30 – 2:15: Structuring Complex Sports Transactions Panel

  • Chris Melvin, Partner, Nixon Peabody, New York Office
  • David Connolly, Partner, Shearman &Sterling, New York Office
  • Richard Brand, Partner, Chair of Sports Practice Group, Arent Fox, Washington DC Office

2:20 – 3:05: Entertainment In-House Panel

  • Rick Baker, VP, Business and Legal Affairs, Content Distribution & Marketing, MTV Networks
  • Clifton Knight, Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, Direct Brands
  • Jill Greenwald, Assistant General Counsel, ABC
  • Mavis Fowler-Williams, Adjunct Professor, Columbia Law School & former Director of Business Affairs at CBS News and Nickelodeon                                

3:10 – 3:55: General Counsel Panel

  • William Traurig, General Counsel of Carolina Hurricanes
  • Scott Wilkinson, General Counsel of Atlanta Hawks

4:00 – 4:45: Working With Talent in Sports and Entertainment Panel

  • Gregg Clifton, Partner, Co-Chair of Collegiate and Professional Sports Industry Group, Jackson Lewis, Phoenix Office
  • Mark Watkins, Intellectual Property Partner, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP

4:45: – 4:50: Closing Remarks

4:50 – 6:00: Formal Networking Reception in Star Commons

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.