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Student organization to host conference on sports, entertainment law

October 20, 2010

The Sports and Entertainment Law Students Association (SELSA) at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law will host a national conference, “A-Rod to Jay-Z: Sports and Entertainment Law in the 21st Century,” on Oct. 30, in the Great Hall. The conference, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., marks the debut of the law school’s new Sports and Entertainment Law Journal.

The keynote address will be delivered by David Cornwell, a leading sports-industry attorney at Atlanta-based DNK Cornwell, and the leaders in the sports and entertainment law industries will give the following presentations:

• “Ethics in Sports and Entertainment Law,” Myles Link, Peter Kiewit Foundation Professor of Law and the Legal Profession, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
• “Legal Issues in Fantasy Sports,” Dana Hooper, Greenberg Traurig
• “State Film Tax Incentives: A Red Carpet Hit or Miss,” Jaia Thomas, Jaia Thomas Law Office
• “The Law of Ideas: When Copyright, Patent, and Trademark Laws Cannot Protect,” James Marovich, Marovich Law Office
• “Idea Submission,” Allison Brehm & Lee Brenner, White O’Connor Fink & Brenner
• “The Role of the Agent in Sports and the Effects of Changing Regulations,” Gregg Clifton, Jackson Lewis
• “Contest and Sweepstakes Law,” Joy R. Butler, Law Offices of Joy R. Butler
• “Amateurism in Collegiate Athletics,” Elsa Cole, former general counsel for the National Collegiate Athletic Association
• “Joint Authorship, Collaboration, and Playwriting,” Marci Rolnik, Chicago Lawyers for the Arts
• “Antitrust in Sports and American Needle v. NFL,” Matthew Bester, U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division
• “Effect of New FTC Guidelines Regarding Bloggers and Celebrity Endorsers on Television and Marketing,” Tania Hoff, Universal Studios Television
• “Use of Player Likenesses,” Stuart Paynter, Paynter Law Firm, and Leonard Aragon, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro
• Jennifer Hodulik, Paramount Studios
• “Libel Tourism,” Neville Johnson, Johnson and Johnson
• “That's Entertainment: Concerts, Sports, and Torts,” Steven Adelman, Adelman Law Group

Admission, including lunch, is $40 for the general public and $10 for students. Attorneys attending the conference may receive five continuing legal education credits, including one ethics credit, for $160.
There will be a silent auction of sports and entertainment items including tickets to major sporting events, signed photographs and sports memorabilia, and many other items.

SELSA, a student organization at the College of Law, facilitates professional development of students seeking to practice law in the sports and entertainment industries. For more information about SELSA and the conference visit, e-mail, or contact Sam Renaut at (443) 994-8832.