GEMALaw's signature event is the GEMALaw Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium. Started in conjunction with the launch of GEMALaw, 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.

Sixth Annual GEMALaw Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium

The Sixth Annual GEMALaw Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium will be held on Friday, February 8, 2013 on the Georgetown Law campus.

This year's Symposium Agenda:

10:00am-10:15am: Opening Remarks

10:15am-11:30am: Media Rights in Professional Sports
A look at the business and legal aspects of media rights deals from the perspective of professional sports teams, leagues, and media companies.

Moderator: Matt Winkler, Associate Dean, Georgetown University, Sports Industry Management Program

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Jeff Gewirtz, Executive Vice President of Business Affairs & Chief Legal Officer, Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center
  • Richard Brand, Partner, Arent Fox; Adjunct Professor, Georgetown Law
  • Raquel Braun (L’10), Associate Director, Business and Legal Affairs, Fox Cable Networks (International Sports and Emerging Networks Group)
  • David Donovan (L’84), Partner, WilmerHale; Former General Counsel, Washington Redskins M

11:30am-11:45am: Special GEMALaw Announcement
Raquel Braun (L'10), Co-Director, GEMA LA; Founder & Alumni Advisor, GEMALaw

11:45am-1:00pm: The Current State of Independent and Studio Filmmaking
A discussion of how financing, production, and distribution differ between independent and studio films.

Moderator: Gillian Caldwell (L'92), President, Gillian Caldwell Consulting, LLC

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Jody Arlington (C'93), PR Manager, SilverDocs; Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University
  • Cooper Campbell Jackson (L'94), Senior Vice President, Business Affairs, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Andy Kim (C'93), Chief Financial Officer, The Weinstein Company; Adjunct Professor, NYU Stern School of Business

1:00pm-1:30pm: Lunch

1:30pm-2:45pm: Law & Order: Legal Issues in Television Production
A discussion of the legal issues affecting television production and the role of lawyers and non-lawyers in accommodating these legal considerations.

Moderator: Franklin Walker (L'94), Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs/Entertainment Law, National Geographic Channel

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Alonzo Barber (L'06), Counsel, Black Entertainment Television (BET)
  • Nicole Bernard (L'90), Senior Vice President, Audience Strategy, Fox Group
  • Laura Farina (C'83, SIM '12), Member, SmithDehn LLP; former Vice President, Litigation, Risk Management and Rights Group Management, Discovery Communications
  • Elizabeth Hillman (C'90), Senior Vice President, International Communications, Discovery Communications

2:45pm-3:30pm: Presentation of Alumni Achievement Award to
Andrew Brandt (L'85)
NFL Business Analyst for ESPN

Please join us for a Reception following the Symposium McDonough, 2nd Floor Lobby

Please direct all questions to Michael Telis & Rob Seiden at

Previous Symposium Schedules and Materials

The Fifth Annual GEMALaw Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium: Access the schedule and detailed information.

The Fourth Annual GEMALaw Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium: Coming soon

The Third Annual GEMALaw Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium: Coming soon

The Second Annual GEMALaw Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium: Coming soon

The First Annual GEMALaw Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium: Coming soon


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