5/4: Defending Celebrity Clients in Criminal Matters from Media to Law Enforcement for a Non-Criminal Law Practitioner

Veteran attorneys Blair Berk and Shawn Holley – who have represented O.J Simpson, Mel Gibson, Paris Hilton, Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, and Lindsey Lohan among others – will discuss the nuts and bolts of representing celebrity clients and handling high-profile cases. In addition to sharing stories from the “trenches”, Holley and Berk will discuss the ethical implications of engaging the media and examine the relative pros and cons of doing so. Further topics to be discussed: cameras in the courtroom, gag orders and the myth of “celebrity justice”. With more than 40 years between them handling high-profile cases, Holley and Berk will also offer important advice and guidance for the non-criminal practitioner with a celebrity client who has been arrested or who is being investigated by law enforcement.

Panel:

Shawn Holley, Esq., Partner, Kinsella, Weitzman, Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP
Blair Berk, Esq., Partner, Tarlow & Berk, PC


When: Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Where: Lawry’s the Prime Rib (Directions, Free Underground Parking)

$0 – Members of The Order of Distinguished Attorneys
$45 – BHBA Members who pay in advance*
$245 – Non-BHBA Members who pay in advance*
Interested in Membership? Try it Free, No Commitment, for 30 days

Entertainment Law Section Chairs: Leigh Leshner, Esq. & Alexander Rufus-Isaacs, Esq.
Program Co-Chairs: Doron F. Eghbali, Esq.


* Advanced registration closes 24 hours prior to event time. Registrations received thereafter include a $25 additional fee. Full refund with 48 hours notice. Raincheck with 24 hours notice.

This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1.5 Hours of Participatory Credit (.5 in Legal Ethics) and the Beverly Hills Bar Association certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.

Copyright © 2016. All Rights Reserved.

2016 Entertainment Lawyer of the Year:
Darrell D. Miller
Managing Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP

Featuring performances by Ludacris, Brandy, and Donald Lawrence

For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (310) 601-BHBA (2422) or visit https://www.bhba.org/index.php/component/content/article/365.

2016 Entertainment Lawyer of the Year Flier 2

Thanks to Everyone Who Attended Shake, Rattle & Roll!

Left to right: Mark Rifkin, Randall Newman, Howard King, E. Michael Harrington, Dinah Perez, Henry Gradstein, Pierre Pine

Left to right: Mark Rifkin, Randall Newman, Howard King, E. Michael Harrington, Dinah Perez, Henry Gradstein, Pierre Pine

Mark Rifkin, Henry Gradstein, E. Michael Harrington, Howard King

Left to right: Mark Rifkin, Henry Gradstein, E. Michael Harrington, Howard King

4/21: Mediation in the Entertainment Industry: Preserving Relationships and Dealing with Conflict

John Schulman, former Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Warner Bros. Entertainment, explains the relevancy, need and particularity of mediation in media and entertainment. Join John for a candid discussion about the why mediation is THE MOST important dispute resolution process in the entertainment industry, where preservation of relationships for future projects is key. Learn how to de-escalate conflict in a creative world and why doing so is ‘good business’.

Speaker:

John Schulman, Esq.
Former Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Warner Bros. Entertainment

When: Thursday, April 21, 2016 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Where: Beverly Hills Bar Association (Directions, Parking at 241 No. Canon Drive)

$0 – Members of The Order of Distinguished Attorneys
$25 – BHBA Members who pay in advance*
$225 – Non-BHBA Members who pay in advance*
Interested in Membership? Try it Free, No Commitment, for 30 days

Section on Conflict Resolution Chair: Joel L. Fishman, Esq.
Program Co-Chair: Jennifer Winestone, Esq.
Entertainment Law Section Chairs: Leigh Leshner, Esq. & Alexander Rufus-Isaacs, Esq.

* Advanced registration closes 24 hours prior to event time. Registrations received thereafter include a $25 additional fee.Full refund with 48 hours notice. Raincheck with 24 hours notice.

This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1 Hour of Participatory Credit and the Beverly Hills Bar Association certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.

Copyright © 2016. All Rights Reserved.

4/20: Shake, Rattle, and Roll: The Cases That Rocked Music in 2015

When: Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Where: Lawry’s The Prime Rib (Directions, Free Underground Parking)

2015 presented several landmark copyright cases that rocked the music industry, including the controversial “Blurred Lines” case between the heirs of Marvin Gaye against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke, the “Flo & Eddie” class action cases regarding the protections afforded to pre-1972 sound recordings and the “Happy Birthday to You” case. The panelists who were involved in each of these cases will delve into the heart of these important decisions, discuss the issues unique to each of these cases and how the rulings have impacted the music industry and how business will be done moving forward. This program will also discuss the role and importance of musicologists and how they provide insight into how music is analyzed in copyright infringement cases and how expert testimony can weigh heavily on the jury’s eventual decision.

Henry Gradstein (litigator, “Flo & Eddie” cases)
Howard King (litigator, “Blurred Lines” case)
Randall Newman (litigator, “Happy Birthday to You” case)
Dr. E. Michael Harrington (musicologist and expert witness on cases for Dixie Chicks, Deadmau5, Lady Gaga, Tupac Shakur, etc.)
Moderator: Dinah Perez – Law Office of Dinah Perez

$0 – Members of The Order of Distinguished Attorneys
$45 – All Attendees who pay in advance*

Interested in Membership? Try it Free, No Commitment, for 30 days

Entertainment Law Section Chairs: Leigh Leshner, Esq. & Alexander Rufus-Isaacs, Esq.
Program Co-Chairs: Dinah Perez and Pierre Pine

Register Here!


 

* Advanced registration closes24 hours prior to event time. Registrations received thereafter include a $25 additional fee.Full refund with 48 hours notice. Raincheck with 24 hours notice.

This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1.5 Hours of Participatory Credit – and the Beverly Hills Bar Association certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.

Copyright © 2015. All Rights Reserved.

3/16: Rastafarians and Tattoos – Fair Use and Clearances Involving Art

**Please register at bhba.org or 310-601-BHBA (2422).

Our distinguished panel will discuss recent developments in copyright law and clearance issues involving contemporary artwork, street art, fashion and tattoos. It will cover recent lawsuits and court decisions, fair use and opinion letters, what needs to be cleared for film and TV, and other hot topics.

Panel:
Alexandra Darraby, Principal, The Art Law Firm
Lou Petrich, Member, Leopold, Petrich & Smith, P.C.
Elizabeth Masterton, SVP, Legal Affairs, 20th Century Fox

Moderator:
Sarah Conley Odenkirk, Attorney, and Associate Director of the Center for Management in the Creative Industries at Claremont Graduate University in partnership with the Sotheby’s Institute of Art

Program Chair:
Alexander Rufus-Isaacs, Partner, Rufus-Isaacs, Acland & Grantham, LLP


 

When: Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Where: Lawry’s The Prime Rib (Directions, Free Underground Parking)

$0 – Members of The Order of Distinguished Attorneys
$45 – BHBA Members who pay in advance*
$245 – Non-BHBA Members who pay in advance*
Interested in Membership? Try it Free, No Commitment, for 30 days

Entertainment Law Section Chairs: Leigh Leshner, Esq. & Alexander Rufus-Isaacs, Esq.

Advanced registration closes 24 hours prior to event time. Registrations received thereafter include a $25 additional fee. Full refund with 48 hours notice. Raincheck with 24 hours notice.

This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1.5 Hours of Participatory Credit – and the Beverly Hills Bar Association certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.

Copyright © 2015. All Rights Reserved.

3/7: The First Amendment Bubble: How Privacy and Paparazzi Threaten a Free Press

The rise of non-traditional internet journalists and news outlets has led to some “push the envelope” tactics that have impacted conventional journalists and the lines between privacy and publicity have blurred. Courts, once deferential to journalists and the public’s right to know, are revisiting their deference, which could negatively impact not only conventional journalists but also the First Amendment itself. Professor Amy Gajda of Tulane Law School is recognized internationally for her expertise in media law and she brings her background as an award-winning television news anchor and reporter, whose work was published in newspapers including “The New York Times” to her insight into the tensions between regulation and protected expression. Professor Gajda’s book “The First Amendment Bubble: How Privacy and Paparazzi Threaten a Free Press” was published in 2015 by Harvard University Press. Please join us as we welcome Professor Gajda, who will be here to discuss her important and timely work.

Amy Gajda, Professor of Law, Tulane University Law School
Susannah Jefffers, Esq., Loeb & Loeb LLP (moderator)


When: Monday, March 7, 2016, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Where: Beverly Hills Bar Association (Directions, Parking at 241 No. Canon Drive)
$0 – Members of The Order of Distinguished Attorneys
$25 – BHBA Members who pay in advance*
$225 – Non-BHBA Members who pay in advance*
Interested in Membership? Try it Free, No Commitment, for 30 days

Entertainment Law Section Chairs: Leigh Leshner, Esq. & Alexander Rufus-Isaacs, Esq.
Program Chair: Susannah Jefffers, Esq.


* Advanced registration closes 24 hours prior to event time. Registrations received thereafter include a $25 additional fee. Full refund with 48 hours notice. Raincheck with 24 hours notice.

This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1.5 Hours of Participatory Credit – and the Beverly Hills Bar Association certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.

Copyright © 2015. All Rights Reserved.

2016 Entertainment Lawyer of the Year:
Darrell D. Miller
Managing Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP

Want to help put on some panels?

The next Ex Comm meeting will take place Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 8:30 AM in the offices of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, 9420 Wilshire Boulevard, 2nd Floor, Beverly Hills, CA. 90212. Parking is available at the City parking lot on Canon and Beverly Drives.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

UPCOMING PANEL on Video Game Deal Making: Playing To Win

Position yourself to make the best possible video game deals for your clients. A world class panel of video game legal and business pros will update you on industry trends – from globalization to digital currency – as well as interesting new litigation matters and deal points.

Join our distinguished speakers:

  • Gerard Fox, Esq., Law Offices of Gerard Fox, Inc.
  • Wayne Kazan, Esq., Weintraub, Tobin, Chediak, Coleman, Grodin Law Corporation
  • Vincent Scheurer, Owner, Sarassin LLP
  • Enrico D’Angelo, VP Product Management at Activision

Moderator:

  • Cedar Boschan, Principal, Royalty and Litigation Support, Green Hasson Janks

WHEN –  Wednesday, July 16, 2014 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

WHERE – Beverly Hills Bar Association (Directions)
1 Hour of MCLE Credit
Section Chair: Judith Dornstein, Esq.
Section Vice Chair: Susannah Jeffers, Esq.
Program Co-Chairs: Cedar Boschan & Cristina Massa, Esq.