March 31, 2020 ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries

The Forum Comes to Memphis!

April 4, 2019
The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
Memphis, TN


The ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries is bringing its Spring Governing Committee Meeting to Memphis. In connection with that event, the Forum is sponsoring a program on Thursday, April 4, 2019, that begins with a luncheon featuring renowned author Robert Gordon whose books Memphis Rent Party and Respect Yourself tell the stories of Stax Records and Memphis’s rich musical tradition. The program includes three hour-long CLE panels, including the State of the Entertainment and Sports Industries, Ethics and a Litigation Update. The program concludes with a reception, and the entire afternoon will take place at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, just off the Courthouse Square in downtown Memphis.

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University of Memphis
Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
1 North Front Street
Memphis, TN

There is no official hotel for this event. Attendees are responsible their own accommodations.


Lunch & Keynote Speaker | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Robert Gordon, Writer, Producer & Director

Emmy and Grammy Award winning writer Robert Gordon is the author of 6 books, and producer/director of 8 feature documentaries. He has focused on the American south—its music, art, and politics—to create an insider’s portrait of his home that is both nuanced and ribald.

Sponsored by Mandell Menkes

State of the Industries: Entertainment and Sports in 2019 | 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
As technology continues to change the ways that people consume content, the entertainment and sports industries are faced with new opportunities, new challenges, and new legal issues. Come join this panel of high-level attorneys from the music, film and sports worlds, as we look at where we are in 2019, and where we are headed from here.

Ethics - Wearing Two Hats and Handshake Deals: Dealing with the Fact that the Ethics Rules Govern Sports and Entertainment Lawyers Too | 2:45 pm to 3:45 pm
This panel will explore how different conflicts in the entertainment and sports industries are potentially more complicated where one lawyer represents multiple clients or different types of acts in the same space – particularly if the lawyer is also acting as an agent for one or more of the clients. The panelists will also discuss lessons learned from the Johnny Depp case about how “Hollywood” is not different for lawyers on issues such as rules regarding contingent fees.

Litigation Update | 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Leading litigators in the fields of entertainment and sports law will discuss recent judicial decisions affecting sports and entertainment law and offer insight into resolving disputes in those areas.

Reception | 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Thank you to the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law for graciously donating their space for this program.

The Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries would like to extend a special thank you to the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law for providing the space to hold this CLE program.

A limited number of scholarships to defray tuition expenses are available for this program. For attorneys who qualify will receive a 50% reduction in the course fee(s). This does not include any reduction in meals, lodging, or travel costs associated with the course. To request an application or receive additional information, please contact Bernadette Steele at Scholarship applications must be received by the ABA no later than February 8,2019 prior to the program presentation.

The ABA will seek 3.0 hours of CLE credit including 1.0 hours of ethics credit for this program in 60-minute states and 3.60 hours of CLE credit Including 1.2 hours of ethics credit for this program in 50-minute states. Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules. 

Cancellation Policy|
Registrants who are unable to attend the program will receive a refund of the registration fee less a $50.00 administrative fee if a written cancellation is received by Friday, March 1, 2019. After March 1st, no refunds will be granted. Substitutions are permitted. Cancellations may be sent by email to the Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries at The ABA reserves the right to cancel any program and assumes no responsibility for personal expenses.