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Recent Industry Expert Conversations

As part of a comprehensive Project to develop and enhance the School of Law’s offerings to students and graduates, EMS-Straus has been working with the Sports and Entertainment Law Society’s (SELS) leaders to bring industry expert speakers to campus for luncheon briefings on the work they do, current industry issues and to advise on career paths based on their own professional experiences. During the 2012-13 academic year, these industry experts came to campus to participate in such briefings and have spoken on the following topics:

Eyal Aharonov, Entertainment Lawyer, Attorney at Aharonov Law Group. Formerly at Trancas International Films, Inc., Adamson Ahdoot LLP, Doniger Burroughs APC. JD, Entertainment,Entrepreneurship at Pepperdine University School of Law
Laura McDonald, Entertainment Lawyer, Independent Artist Management, Denver Music Examiner for Examiner.com. JD, Pepperdine University School of Law, B.A., University of Notre Dame.
Catherine Baggett, Entertainment Lawyer, Music Business & Legal Affairs at The Walt Disney Company. Formerly with Rhino Entertainment, and Carroll, Guido & Groffman LLP. JD, Pepperdine University School of Law

Panel Topic: Carving Your Path in the Entertainment Industry;
Recent Grads Weigh In

Rodney Smith, Distinguished Professor of Law, Director of Center for Sports and Law Policy, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego

Topic: Gladiators in the 21st Century; Violence and Injuries in Athletics

Vikki Karan, Head of Client Services, William Morris Endeavor, Beverly Hills. Previously at the Endeavor Agency, NYU Stern School of Business, Virus 23. JD, Law, Entertainment, International Entertainment Law at Pepperdine University School of Law

Topic: The World of an Agent

Steven Stern, Senior Vice-President of Music at APM Music, Los Angeles. Previously with Media Ventures with Hans Zimmer. Education: Music Theory and Classical Guitar at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Film Music Composition at Berklee College of Music

Topic: Law and Custom Music Houses

Josh Luchs, Former NFL Player Agent, Author of Illegal Procedure; A Sports Agent Comes Clean on the Dirty Business of College Football.

Topic: Confessions of an Agent

Gordon Firemark, Solo Entertainment Law Practitioner, Los Angeles. Previously Entertainment Law Update Podcast, Academy for New Musical Theater. JD, Southwestern University School of Law

Topic: Ahead of the Curve; Utilizing Technology in a Solo Entertainment Law Practice

Paul Friedman, Senior Vice-President of Music Affairs, SONY Pictures Entertainment, Culver City. Previously with King, Holmes,Paterno & Berliner, LLP; Codikow, Carroll, Guido & Groffman; Fox Music. MBA at Tulane University-
A.B. Freeman School of Business

Topic: Studio Development, Licensing and Use of Music in Film,
Television and Digital Platforms

Stuart Volkow/Mark Heninger, Independent Consultants and Entrepreneurs

Topic: Developments in Entertainment & Media Technology

Kim Richardson, Vice President, Legal Affairs at Universal Studios Hollywood

Topic: An Insider's View of a Studio

William Nix, Creative Projects Group

Topic: An Insider's View of Sports Leagues and their Business Models

Mark Crandall, Google Attorney

Topic: An Insider's View of Privacy and Issues in Google's Search and Ventures

Dennis Gilbert, The Gilbert Group

Topic: Wealth Planning and Management for Athletes and Entertainers

Jeffery Mangels, Butler & Mitchell LLP and CAA Sports,
a division of Creative Artists Agency

Topic: How to Get a Job in Sports Law