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Hollywood lawyers, DOMA, image ownership among featured topics at ABA business law meeting


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Hollywood lawyers, DOMA, image ownership among featured topics at ABA business law meeting

By John Glynn

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 — Even Hollywood needs lawyers. Or perhaps we should say, Hollywood especially needs lawyers. Legal issues abound in LA — from the daily drama of the Hollywood business deal to a celebrity’s fight to protect her image to the effects of gay marriage — and the American Bar Association will examine all these topics at the Business Law Section Spring Meeting.

Business Law Section Spring Meeting

April 10-12

JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE
900 West Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Program highlights include:

“Lights, Camera ... Lawyers! The Many Roles for Business Lawyers in Hollywood” — This panel will address all the drama, laws and regulations that make up the daily lives of Hollywood lawyers.
Friday, April 11, 8 – 10 a.m.

“Credit for the Next Generation of Young Consumers: Too Little, Too Much, Too Confused?” — This program will cover the unique financial services issues that will confront the next generation of consumers and how government and industry respond. Topics will include student loan debt, access to credit, and the effects of shopping trends and expectations about credit.
Friday, April 11, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

“Gay Marriage and the Repeal of DOMA: What Every Business Lawyer Needs to Know” — Kathryn J. Kennedy, director of the Center for Tax Law and Employee Benefits at the John Marshall Law School, Robert Neis, deputy benefits tax counsel for the Department of Treasury’s Office of Tax Policy, and U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge John Olson will discuss the effect of the Supreme Court’s DOMA decision on key business laws.
Saturday, April 12, 8 – 10 a.m.

“Mickey Mouse, Sports Stars, Celebrities, Billions of Dollars at Stake, Who Owns the Rights to an Individual’s or a Character’s Image?” — This program will explore the issue of ownership of an individual’s or character’s image and the pivotal decision of O’Bannon v. NCAA.
Saturday, April 12, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

A complete agenda can be found online.

This event is free and open to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Emily Ortman at

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