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2nd Annual Pace Law School Sports & Entertainment Law Forum

What: Pace Law School’s 2nd Annual Exposition on IP, Sports & Entertainment

When: September 25, 2012 (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Where: Tudor Room of Preston Hall at Pace Law School (78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10603)

In addition to the two panels (listed below), Mark Roesler (CEO and Chairman of CMG WORLDWIDE), will serve as the keynote speaker. Mr. Roesler is perhaps best known for representing the estates of historical celebrity figures such as Amelia Earhart, Arthur Ashe, Bettie Page, Jackie Robinson, James Dean, Malcolm X, Mark Twain, and Marilyn Monroe.


  • 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Registration
  • 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM: Keynote Address: “The Evolution & Future of Celebrity IP Rights”
    • Mark Roesler (CEO & Chairman at CMG WORLDWIDE)
  • 9:50 AM – 10:50 AM: Panel: “The Future of The U.S. Patent System: After The America Invents Act”
    • Jaime Siegel (VP & Senior IP Counsel at SONY CORP. OF AMERICA)
    • Manny Schecter (Chief Patent Counsel at IBM)
    • Moshe Malina (Chief Patent Counsel at CITIGROUP)
    • Steven Klocinski (Senior Patent Counsel at MASTERCARD)
  • 10:50 AM – 11:00 AM: Networking Break
  • 11:00 AM – 11:55 AM: Panel: “Ownership of Image & Likeness: Disparities between Athletes, Leagues, Teams”
    • Jean Afterman (SVP & Asst. General Manager at NEW YORK YANKEES)
    • Mark Roesler (CEO & Chairman at CMG WORLDWIDE)
    • Peter Welch (VP & Associate General Counsel at TAKE-TWO INTERACTIVE)
    • Marjorie De La Cruz (Legal VP of Marketing, North America Beverages at PEPSICO)
    • Heather Greenberg (Associate General Counsel at THE TOPPS COMPANY)
  • 11:55 AM – 12:05 PM: Networking Break
  • 12:05 PM – 1:00 PM: CLE Discussion: “Ethics & Civility in the Practice of IP, Sports & Entertainment Law
    • Gary Munneke (Professor of Law at PACE LAW SCHOOL)

Register here.  For more information, please contact: [email protected][email protected], and/or [email protected].

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.