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January 7, 2011

Oregon Law to host second annual Sports and Entertainment Law Conference

The University of Oregon School of Law will host its second annual Sports and Entertainment Law Conference on Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. The conference will take place from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the White Stag Building in Southwest Portland. Law students, graduate students, and legal and business professionals will be exposed to various aspects of both the sports and entertainment law industries through an informative series of panel discussions throughout the day. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits will be offered for practicing attorneys.

The conference will kick off with an exploration of the legal aspects surrounding Mixed Martial Arts. Panelists are Frank Mahar, legal counsel for Genesco; Ken Ellner, in-house counsel for Strikeforce; Brad Darcy, executive director of the Oregon State Athletic Commission; and Steve Pacitti, who currently represents various MMA fighters and their managers. The second panel of the day will focus on the numerous legal issues surrounding the day-to-day operations of a professional sports team. The panel will include speakers from several Pacific Northwest professional sports teams including Doug Piper, president of the Portland Winterhawks; Allan Benavides, general manager of the Eugene Emeralds; and Karen Bryant, CEO of Seattle Storm.

The first afternoon panel will explore entertainment and music law in the Pacific Northwest and the legal barriers and incentives surrounding bringing Hollywood into the region. Panelists include Anne W. Glazer, partner at Portland’s Stoel Rives law firm, Intellectual Property and Technology Group; Robyn Williams, executive director of the Portland Center for the Performing Arts; Matthew Hooper of Portland law firm Bullivant Houser Bailey, co-chair of Arts, Entertainment and Sports Group; Vince Porter, executive director, Oregon Film; and Jill Cohen, of Portland law firm Davis Wright Tremaine, chair of the Entertainment Transactions Practice. The second panel of the afternoon will concentrate on the legal issues dealt with by sports businesses. Paul Loving, who represents adidas America, and John Motley, associate general counsel at Columbia Sportswear, will lead the discussion. The final panel of the day will explore NCAA legal compliance issues. The panel will feature former sports agent Josh Luchs, who famously admitted that he paid dozens of college football players thousands of dollars; Director of Compliance at Oregon State University Jackie Babich; and Washington State University Compliance Officer Steve Robertello. Former University of Oregon wide receiver Keenan Howry will round off the panel by offering a player’s perspective.

The Sports and Entertainment Law Conference was planned and organized by members of the University of Oregon School of Law’s Sports & Entertainment Law Forum (SELF). SELF is a group for Oregon Law students passionate about the world of sports and entertainment law. SELF is dedicated to expanding student understanding of the dynamics and issues involved with sports and entertainment law by bringing in guest speakers, providing forums for sports and entertainment news and discussions, organizing the annual Sports and Entertainment Law Conference, and working with the University of Oregon School of Law administration to develop course offerings focused on sports and entertainment law.

To register for the 2011 Sports and Entertainment Law Conference, visit www.oregonselc.com.

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