Section Spotlight -

The Florida Bar Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section

  •  Tell us a little bit about your section?
    • The Florida Bar Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section (aka “EASL”, pronounced like an easel that you paint on) provides a myriad of benefits to its members, including CLEs, webinars, sporting and networking events, and the coveted EASL email listserve.  EASL members share technical and legal knowledge relating to the entertainment, arts and sports law industries.
    • EASL’s goal is to cater to the needs of all of our members.  We discuss legal issues and provide CLEs covering a wide range of entertainment, arts and sports law topics that benefit everyone, including contracts, copyright, trademark, and rights of publicity, to name a few.
    • This past June, our 2016 annual EASL retreat took place at the gorgeous Streamsong Golf Resort, with CLE topics that included fashion law, legal issues in golf and tennis and tax implications, labor and employment law issues in entertainment with a focus on unions, and talent agency statute issues in entertainment contracts.   EASL members also enjoyed socializing and performing at our annual retreat talent show, which included some memorable karaoke performances!
    • The EASL listserve is a valuable resource for our members, which facilitates discussion and issue spotting on legal topics pertaining to entertainment, arts and sports.  EASL members can send an email to the listserve with a question and expect a generous amount of responses from other members who have insight on that particular issue for all to see.  Through the email listserve, EASL members also stay informed about upcoming events, cases, and news.
    • EASL also keeps its website up to date at www.easl.info with upcoming events and section information, and maintains active social media accounts on facebook, twitter and linkedin.
  • Why would a young lawyer benefit from membership in your section? And how do you join?
    • If you chat with some of our current young lawyer members, they will tell you that EASL has some of the most generous attorneys in the Florida Bar when it comes to mentoring and taking young lawyers under their wing.  For every young lawyer starting out, reaching out to a more experienced attorney in the entertainment, arts and sports law industry for assistance on a matter is the best way to learn.  We are a closely knit community of attorneys who lean on each other frequently for support.
    • To join:
      • When paying your annual bar membership fees, select the option to join the Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section, and the additional fee of $35.00 will be added into your total charges.
      • At some time other than when you pay your annual bar membership fees, follow the steps below:
        • Login to the Florida Bar website
        • Select My Florida Bar
        • In the box on the screen called “I Want To”, click on the “Join A Section” option
        • Check the box next to the Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law section
        • Choose to pay the $35.00 EASL membership fee by credit card or check, and complete the check out process.
      • Once you join EASL, please contact this year’s EASL Chair, Charlotte Towne at legal@charlottetownelaw.com to ensure you are added to the email listserve immediately, if you are interested in getting involved in EASL committees, and if you have any questions.
  • Any upcoming events that young lawyer members (or non-members) of your section can participate in?
    • Yes!  The following is not an exhaustive list, as we are still in the process of planning a busy, exciting year:
    •  EASL currently has five webinars planned for the year, which is an easy, inexpensive way to attain CLE and ethics credits at the comfort of your desk over lunch.  The topics and dates are:
      • Data Breach Litigation – September 29, 2016
      • Educating Your Client on the Pitfalls of Social Media – November 21, 2016
      • The Most Commonly Overlooked Provisions of General SAG Agreements – January 18, 2017
      • Porn Parodies – March 13, 2017
      • Time for a Change: Music Royalty Contract Clauses – May 8, 2017
      • Registration information will be made available soon on the EASL website at www.easl.info.
    • EASL members will receive a 10% discount off the registration fee for the ABA Forum on Entertainment & Sports Industries Annual Meeting, Improving Your Odds in Entertainment and Sport Law, October 6-8, 2016 at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada
    • EASL is also planning a copyright law focused CLE along with the Miami Chapter of the Copyright Society of USA on December 7, 2016 in Miami, and two hockey sporting events with the Florida Panthers and Orlando Solar Bears in early 2017 which will include CLEs with the teams’ respective counsels, owners and other special guests.  Registration information will be made available soon on the EASL website.
    • Networking events and mixers throughout the state will be organized throughout the year, which will provide additional opportunities for our young lawyer members to mingle with other EASL members.