Associate Professor Tonya M. Evans served as the course planner for a Pennsylvania Bar Institute continuing legal education program titled Entertainment Law in the 21st Century that will take place on Thursday, June 14th at the CLE Conference Center of the Wanamaker Building in Philadelphia. ….
Widener Law adjunct Alexander Murphy, Jr. and Justin B. Wineburgh of Cozen O’Connor, a 1997 graduate of Widener Law, join Professor Evans as faculty presenters for the program along with a host of outstanding attorneys. National Football League Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice F. Smith will participate in a discussion on the Role of Unions in Sports and Entertainment.
NOTE: I am using this as a teachable moment to connect my students with practitioners in the field. So several students from my entertainment law class will also attend and hopefully (hint, hint) guest blog about their experiences. 🙂
Entertainment Law in the 21st Century Effective representation in an ever-changing industry
June 14, 2012 – Live in Philadelphia, Simulcast in all other PBI locations
Course Planner: Professor Tonya M. Evans
6 Total CLE credits, 1 of which may be applied toward Ethics
An effective and successful twenty-first century entertainment lawyer does much more than draft, review and negotiating contracts, license rights and account for revenue. Today’s entertainment lawyer must have a command of how to successfully exploit and protect client assets and rights in a global economy and for an ever-increasing duration of time.
Twenty-first century entertainment law representation involves emerging multimedia platforms and complex relationships with myriad interest-holders, implicates a host of state, federal and international laws and collective bargaining agreements, and requires short-term, long term and postmortem planning to maximize and to protect the value of a client’s assets for the full duration of those rights, especially when those rights survive the death of the owner.
Today’s entertainment lawyer must develop a core competence in intellectual property, labor and antitrust law and estate planning, as well as familiarity with a host of others. This course uses an outstanding faculty to present an overview of the areas of core competency as follows: intellectual property assets, established and emerging media, contractual issues and key clauses in various fields within the entertainment industry, the role of unions, the ethics of representation and agency, and hot topics coverage. This course is appropriate for generalists and specialists alike.
Now that the semester is quickly coming to a close, my entertainment law students reflect in a recent interview on their experiences. They note the skills they’ve learned and the legal doctrine they’ve mastered during the process; from privacy to piracy to a “virtual practice” and everything in between:
“Arrielle Millstein of wRap JhAM Associates says, “Professor Evans introducing our Entertainment Law class to blogging on legal topics has opened my eyes. With the state of the job market, applicants need a beefed up resume to even get an interview, I think that Professor Evans really provided us with the knowledge and experience on how to create and ‘market’ ourselves through an effective blog allowing future employers prior to interviews to know that we know and keep up with a specific area of law.” Continue reading “UPDATE: Widener Law’s Entertainment Law Students Reflect on Skills & the Law”→