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Entertainment & Sports Law Symposium

ยป Entertainment & Sports Law Symposium

The Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law Entertainment and Sports Law Society hosts an annual symposium focusing on the field of sports and entertainment law. The symposium covers substantive areas of law such as intellectual property, contract law, labor law, anti-trust law, and corporate finance. The Entertainment and Sports Law Society endeavors to educate its members on the relevant legal issues that accompany this rigorous practice area. By organizing symposia, the society seeks to work with individuals and organizations within the profession and provide information and assistance concerning potential employment opportunities.

We regret to announce that the annual symposium scheduled for April 9-10, 2020 has been cancelled. Although there have been no suspected cases of COVID-19 at Chapman and Orange County continues to be considered “low risk” for contagion, Chapman University leadership has decided to cancel most campus events out of concern for the well-being of the entire campus community. At this time, this event will not be rescheduled. We appreciate your understanding as we endeavor to keep the health and safety of our students, staff and guests as our highest priority.

Additional information and resources are available on Chapman’s coronavirus website.

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Past Symposia Webcast Archives

2017 Symposium - The Evolution of Sports Business

Panel I: Sports Law 2.0: Broadening the Scope of Sports Law
Keynote Presentation: Los Angeles Dodgers President & CEO Stan Kasten
Panel II: Emerging Trends in Sports: The Business of eSports
Panel III: Keys to Success: Thriving as a Sports Agent in a Highly Competitive Market

2016 Symposium - Relationships, Regulations & Compliance: Forces of Change in Sports Law and Business
Panel I: Relationships Matter: Dealings and Negotiations as a Team Entity Counsel 
Panel II: Finding the Chosen One: The Complexities of Finding, Recruiting and Signing Professional Athlete Clients
Keynote: Shawne Merriman, former NFL linebacker
Panel III: Administrating the Adherence: Developments and Issues with Sports Administration and Compliance
Panel IV: Contract Negotiations and Commanding Calamity: An Agents Role in Navigating Image, Public Faux Pas and Branding

2015 Symposium - Taking Care of Business: How the Evolution of the Marketplace is Changing the Rules of the Game
Panel I: Jack of All Trades: How Business Acumen and Crisis Management Skills have Become Essential to the Role of In-House Counsels
Panel II: Slurs, Student-Athletes and Tattoos: Key Intellectual Property Battles in Sports and Their Implications
Keynote: David Dunn, CEO, Athletes First 
Panel III: How David Beats Goliath in the Age of Corporate Conglomerate Sports Agencies
Panel IV: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going? Fiduciary Duties, Ethics and Conflicts of Interest in Athlete Representation

2014 Symposium - Where Sports and the Law Collide: Understanding the Legal Climate of the Sports Industry
Panel I: How Legal Skills Translate into Sports Agency
Keynote: David Meltzer, CEO, Sports 1 Marketing: Warren Moon Enterprises
Panel II: Contemporary Developments in Athlete Employment Law
Panel III: Legal Issues Facing Today’s General Counsels in the Sports Industry

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Past Keynote Speakers

Ned Colletti
Former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager

Rob Pelinka
Los Angeles Lakers general manager

Stan Kasten
Los Angeles Dodgers president & CEO

Shawne Merriman
Former NFL linebacker 

David Dunn
Athletes First CEO