Category: GEMA, GEMA Event

Title:The 14th Annual GEMALaw Sports, Entertainment, and Media Law Symposium

The Sports, Entertainment, & Media Law Symposium is our annual flagship event, where we feature practitioners from the industry engaging in discussions regarding the latest trends and issues in the fields of sports, entertainment, and media. The 2021 Symposium was the first online iteration of the event, and we were very excited to bring our event to a wider audience this year. The event this year also featured a new format, with two panels, a fireside chat, and a networking hour for all of our panelists and attendees.

Downloadable Schedule:

Information regarding our prior Symposiums, attended by over 300 students and practitioners, can be found at

Thank you to everyone who attended the 14th Annual GEMALaw Symposium!


Friday, February 26, 2021 | 10:30 AM – 3:10 PM

10:30 AM – 10:35 AM (EST) Opening Remarks

  • Douglas Emhoff, Distinguished Visitor from Practice, Georgetown University Law Center

10:35 AM – 10:55 AM (EST) Fireside Chat

  • Courteney Monroe, President, National Geographic Global Television Networks
  • With: Jeffrey Schneider, EVP Business Affairs and Operations, National Geographic Partners

11:00 AM – 12:10 PM (EST) Panel 1: The Future of Sports Through COVID

  • Moderator: Professor Brad Snyder, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Abby Blomstrom, EVP & GC, Monumental Sports & Entertainment
  • Lisa K Levine, GC National Women’s Soccer League
  • Betsy Philpott, VP & GC Washington Nationals
  • Peter Zern (L’98), Partner, Covington & Burling – Sports

12:10 PM – 12:20 PM (EST) Presentation of the Alumni Achievement Award in Entertainment

12:20 PM – 1:00 PM (EST) Break

1:00 PM – 1:55 PM (EST) Networking Hour & Breakout Rooms

2:00 PM – 3:10 PM (EST) Panel 2: Streaming Wars and Creator Deals

  • Moderator: Jeffrey Schneider, EVP Business Affairs and Operations, National Geographic


  • Joe Anderson (L’09), Senior Attorney, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
  • Brittany Hveem, Head of Business Affairs, Hulu
  • Tehmina Jaffer, Anonymous Content
  • Stacey Lager, Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs – Digital, Discovery Inc.
  • Brian Lazarus (L’99), Partner, Ziffren Brittenham