Category: GEMA, GEMA Event

Title:11th Annual GEMALaw Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium

RSVP for the GEMALaw Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium to be held on February 9, 2018. The GEMALaw Symposium is a full day event featuring various panels addressing hot button issues in the sports, entertainment and media industries.

The Symposium also provides students an opportunity to interact with prominent Georgetown alumni in the media, sports and entertainment industries, while also allowing alumni to network with each other. During the Symposium, GEMALaw presents a distinguished alumnus with the GEMALaw Alumni Achievement Award.

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The 11th Annual GEMALaw Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium
Friday, February 9, 2018 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Georgetown Law | Hart Auditorium 

Questions? Contact Mahin Aminian ( & Rachael Connelly (

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10:00-10:15 AM
Opening Remarks, Mahin Aminian & Rachael Connelly, GEMALaw Co-Presidents

10:15-11:45 AM
Trending Topics in Untraditional Mediums (Live Events, Theater & Reality TV)

  • Moderator: Jeffrey D. Schneider, EVP, Business & Legal Affairs, National Geographic Partners
  • Joseph Anderson (L’09), Attorney, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
  • Julie Angell (L’06), Associate, Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo, P.C.
  • Paul Mecurio (L’85), Comedian, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
  • Bo Pearl (L’98), Managing Partner, O’Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Danielle Schiffman (L’11), Director of Business & Legal Affairs, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
  • Amaryllis Seabrooks, Business Affairs Executive, William Morris Endeavor

12:00-1:30 PM
How New Media and Evolving Audience Demands Affect Sports Law

  • Moderator: Brad Snyder, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Jonathan Amoona (L’09), Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Tim Browne (L’01), Counsel, Bass, Berry & Sims PLC
  • Zach Leonsis (MBA’15), Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Monumental Sports & Entertainment
  • Riana Positano (L’11), Senior Counsel, Legal & Business Affairs, The Madison Square Garden Company
  • Aaron Swerdlow (L’11), Of Counsel, Gerard Fox Law, P.C.
  • Peter Zern (L’98), Partner, Covington & Burling LLP

1:30-1:45 PM
Presentation of the Alumni Achievement Award to Raquel Braun (L’10)
Senior Director, Business & Legal Affairs, FOX Sports and Founder, GEMALaw

1:45-2:30 PM
Networking Lunch

2:30-3:30 PM
The New Age of Copyright & Clearances

  • Moderator: Jay Rosenthal (LL.M ’89), Partner, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
  • Erich Carey, VP & Senior Counsel, National Music Publishers Association
  • Hans Hertell (L’09), Special Counsel, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
  • Richard Stone, Partner, Co-Chair of Content, Media & Entertainment, Jenner & Block
  • Regina Thomas (L’99), Global Lead, Copyright & Media Law, AOL + Yahoo = Oath, Inc.
  • Aaron Wais (L’01), Partner, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

3:30-3:40 PM
Closing Remarks

3:40-5:00 PM
Networking Reception

*Additional Speakers Pending
CLE Credit Available

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by February 7, 2018 to Mahin Aminian and Rachael Connelly via email or by contacting (559) 970-4498 or (310) 430-2750.