Our 2015 Symposium on Sports and Entertainment Law was held on Thursday, March 26, 2015. Panels included:

Keynote Address: Shawn Holley

Shawn Holley is a partner at Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP. She is one of Hollywood’s preeminent defense attorneys, rising to prominence first as a member of Johnnie Cochran’s defense team representing O.J. Simpson. Since then, Ms. Holley has represented celebrity clients including Kanye West, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, the Kardashian sisters, Amanda Bynes, Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, and Tupac Shakur.

Player Conduct in the NFL

Representatives on all sides of the National Football League player conduct conversation will gather to discuss past instances of discipline, the new player conduct policy, and which player discipline issues might be discussed in the next collective bargaining agreement.

Ben Block, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP (outside counsel to the NFL)
Peter Ginsberg, Managing Partner, Peter R. Ginsberg Law (counsel to players, including Ray Rice)
Heather McPhee, Associate GC, NFL Players Association
Mike McCann (Moderator), Professor of Law, Director of the Sports and Entertainment Law Institute at University of New Hampshire School of Law

The Future of Content Delivery

An examination of the rise of new content delivery systems. This panel will analyze the legal and business issues presented by such systems and will attempt to anticipate the related Intellectual Property issues that may arise in the future.

Rebecca Borden, SVP, Associate GC & Co-Head of IP, CBS
Kevan Choset, Legal Counsel, Spotify
Julian Petty, Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP
Bradley Silver, Assistant GC & Chief Copyright Counsel, Time Warner
Bryan Tallevi, Senior Counsel & Executive Director, NBCUniversal
Chris Bavitz (Moderator), Managing Director, HLS Cyberlaw Clinic at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society

Life After Law: Tackling the Transition & Climbing the Ladder

A frank conversation with sports and entertainment leaders who were trained as lawyers but whose roles are no longer strictly legal. Topics will include their career paths, ways to carve out non-legal job responsibilities while in a legal role, and the value of a law degree.

Jody Mooradian, Senior Associate Athletic Director & Senior Women’s Administrator, Boston College
Bob Simmelkjaer, SVP, NBC Sports
Mike Zarren, General Manager & Team Counsel, Boston Celtics
Steve McKelvey (Moderator), MS Program Director & Associate Professor of Sports Management, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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