March 05, 2020

About Us

OUR MISSION is to educate lawyers in the legal principles and transactional aspects of entertainment and sports law; to provide a platform for the discussion of issues affecting these fields, and to foster excellence in the practice of law in these fields. The forum is governed by a seven-member governing committee. Because of the diverse subjects covered by the forum, the governing committee created the following divisions: Arts & Museums; Digital Media and New Technologies; Electronic Gaming; International; Literary Publishing; Litigation; Licensing and Merchandising; Motion Pictures, Television, Cable, and Radio; Music and Personal Appearances; Sports; Theater and Performing Arts; and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.


Forum Leadership

The Forum Executive Committee, elected by the Forum membership, is comprised of the Chair, Chair-Elect, and Immediate Past Chair who are vested with the powers and duties necessary for the administration of the activities of the Forum.

The 6-person Governing Committee members-at-large, elected by the Forum membership, provide support to the Executive Committee in the operations of the Forum.

Overall, the Forum leadership consists of:

  • The Officers (Chair, Chair-Elect, Immediate Past Chair)
  • Six (6) Governing Committee Members-at-Large
  • Eleven (11) Operational / Administrative Committee Chairs
  • Tweleve (12) Division Chairs
  • Annual Meeting Activities and Planning Chairs
  • Regional Meeting Planning Chairs
  • Liaisions from Other Related Entities
  • Forum Liaisions to Other Related Entities
  • Forum Past Chairs

Yolanda Muhammad
Forum Director
(312) 988-5794

Bernadette Steele
Forum Manager
(312) 988-5658

Ryan Baffield
Forum Technology Specialist
(312) 988-5666

Yasmin Koen
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (312) 988-5653


American Bar Association
Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries
MS 18.2
321 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL  60654-7598

Telephone:  312.988.5658
Fax:  312.988.5677