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2011 Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium

Date of Symposium:  February 15, 2011

  5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. | Cocktail Reception 8-9 p.m.)


Panel 1 will focus on Rule 3.6 (Trial Publicity) of the ABA’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct. Specifically, it will address the motivating forces behind Rule 3.6 and its impact in the sports and entertainment fields.  Mr. John Vorperian, Cable TV host and producer of Beyond the Game, will serve as the moderator on this panel.  Mr. Vorperian will address the history of the rule’s enactment and discuss the rule’s provisions in detail.  Professor Michael McCann of Vermont Law School will address the rule from a journalist’s perspective.  The remainder of this panel is comprised of renowned attorneys who have represented high-profile clients and attracted extensive media attention in connection with their representation.  The panelists will discuss the positive and negative effects of the rule on their litigation experiences. 

Moderator: John Vorperian, Cable TV host & producer of Beyond the Game.

Time/Location Description/Information
5:00-5:55 pm Christopher D. Adams, Esq.
Member — Walder, Hayden & Brogan, P.A.
  Darren Del Sardo, Esq.
Partner — Damico, Del Sardo & Montanari, L.L.C.
  Ellen C. Marshall, Esq.
Of Counsel — Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis L.L.P.
  Michael McCann, Esq.
Professor — Vermont Law School


Panel 2 will concentrate on the labor concerns surrounding the sports and entertainment fields.  In particular, we anticipate discussion of the labor issues facing the NFL, NBA and NHL as each league advances toward the expiration of its respective collective bargaining agreement.   The panel will address the current MLS Collective Bargaining Agreement that went into effect last year.  Further, the panel will discuss the possibility of a labor stoppage and explore its potential effect on league operations.  We, also, will hear from a representative of the Writer’s Guild of America East, who will discuss the various labor issues the entertainment industry has faced, including the 2007 writers’ strike.   In addition, the discussion will focus on the MBA negotiations currently underway in relation to the Writers Guild’s collective bargaining agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). 

Moderator: Matthew D. Pace, Esq., Herrick, Feinstein LLP.

Time/Location Description/Information
6:00-6:50 pm
Jessica Berman, Esq.
Associate Counsel — National Hockey League
  Ann Burdick, Esq.
Senior Legal Counsel — Writers Guild of America East
  Marc Edelman, Esq.
Assistant Professor — Barry University's Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
  Alan C. Milstein, Esq.
Member/Shareholder — Sherman, Silverstein, Kohl, Rose & Podolsky, P.A
  William Z. Ordower
Vice President — Major League Soccer

6:55-7:05 pm BREAK


Time/Location Description/Information
7:10-8:00 pm
Jeffrey B. Gewirtz
Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer
New Jersey Nets Basketball/Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment

Mr. Gewirtz will discuss recent trends in the sports industry, as well as the Ted Stevens Olympic & Amateur Sports Act, specifically 36 U.S.C. § 220506, granting the United States Olympic Committee the exclusive right to use the name, symbol, and emblem of the United States Olympics.  In addition, Mr. Gewirtz will address his experiences in the sports industry and provide advice on how to be successful as a sports attorney. 


Time/Location Description/Information
8:00-9:00 pm
Cocktail Reception for the panelists and attendees following the event.