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Entertainment & Sports Law Symposium

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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.

2023 Entertainment & Sports Law Symposium

Friday, April 7

Symposium Schedule

8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Check-in & Breakfast

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Keynote Address
Stephanie Allain, President, Producers Guild of America and Founder of Homegrown Pictures

10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Panel One: The Athlete Entrepreneur
More than ever, athletes of all levels and across all sports are pursuing entrepreneurship. Through conversation with athlete entrepreneurs and athlete advisors, this panel will explore what it takes for an athlete to find success in business. Athletes will discuss what elements of their athletic careers primed them for success in business. The panel will also explore how attorneys and other advisors can best assist athletes in engaging and succeeding in entrepreneurship.

Alana Beard, Former WNBA Athlete and Founder and CEO of Transition Play

Will Blackmon, Former NFL Athlete and Founder and CEO of The Wine MVP

Charles Frazier, Senior Vice President of Sports and Entertainment at City National Bank

Taylor Griffin, Former NBA player and Head of Athlete Relations at Patricof & Co

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

12:45 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Panel Two: Sport League Start Ups
In recent years a flurry of new sport leagues have arisen in North America. This panel will engage executives and leaders of new and growing sport leagues to understand the strategies utilized to successfully scale an impactful sport brand. From women's sport leagues to pickleball, fan controlled gaming, basketball and beyond, panelists will examine the successes and challenges newly launched sport leagues face to highlight the business, technological and legal strategies employed to best situate new leagues for success.

Brian Michael Cooper Esq., Partner at Frost Brown Todd and Former NBA G-League and XFL Team President

Patrick Dees, Co-Founder and Chief Gaming Officer at Fan Controlled Sports & Entertainment

Hilary Meyer, Senior Vice President of Impact at Athletes Unlimited

Paul Rabil, Co-founder of the Premier Lacrosse League and former professional lacrosse athlete

Past Keynote Speakers

DeMaurice Smith
Executive Director, National Football League Players' Association (NFLPA)

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

Kevin Beggs
Chair of the Lionsgate Television Group and Lionsgate Chief Content Integration Officer

Image Stephanie Allaine, President, Producers Guild of America and Founder of Homegrown Pictures
2023 Keynote Speaker

Stephanie Allain

Stephanie Allaine’s Homegrown Pictures is a film and television production company dedicated to creating content by and about women and people of color with authentic stories, depictions and representation. Allain, who made history in 2020 when she became the first Black woman to produce the Academy Awards (for which she was Emmy-nominated), has produced Hustle & Flow, Something New, Peeples, Beyond The Lights, Dear White People, French Dirty, Burning Sands, Juanita and Really Love. Her films have been nominated for numerous awards with wins from Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Film Independent Spirit Awards, NAACP and others. In television she executive produced four seasons of Justin Simien’s Netflix series, Dear White People, and is currently in production on her first documentary Untitled Billy Preston.