Local Outreach Efforts

Cleveland, OH

Join the Sports Lawyers Association and Britton Gallagher for a discussion on Protecting the Pro Athlete: A Panel Discussion on Employment Issues & Financial Assets.

Attendees will learn:

Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with other practitioners in the sports industry.


When: September 10, 2015

Where: Progressive Field (Hard Hitters meeting room)
2401 Ontario Street
Cleveland, OH 44115

5:30-6:30 p.m:   CLE Panel Discussion
6:30-7:00 p.m:   Buffet and Networking
7:05 p.m:             Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers


Tickets for SLA members are $50, non-members are $61.
Ticket includes the seminar, a club seat to the game and all you can eat buffet during the game.

Click here to register

Questions: Contact Jani Memorich or at (216) 658-7812

Washington, DC

The New Global Paradigm for Entertainment, Arts and Sports

The New Global Entertainment, Arts and Sports Symposium is overseen by a diverse committee of industry leaders, attorneys, academicians, and students who share a universal interest in improving the entertainment, arts, and sports industries by discussing the challenges and opportunities that exist in these industries. The Committee realizes that improvement comes only when like-minded individuals interact with each other to discuss new ideas, new objectives, new challenges, and new strategies with which to better the industries.

Thus, the Symposium is designed to be a conference of some of the country's preeminent business executives and lawyers whose goal is to provide the highest quality business and legal education and create networking opportunities for those who work in the entertainment, arts and sports industries and those who would like to enter those fields, including students.

This year's event is expected to bring together individuals from throughout the sports and entertainment world, such as lawyers, representatives of major and mini motion picture studios, production companies, television companies, distributors, music companies, publishers, sports leagues and teams, coaches, athletes, and artists of every kind, including singers, musicians, writers, directors, producers and actors.

Event Details:

Date:   September 18 - 19, 2015
Where:   Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001

DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director of National Football League Players Association
Michele Roberts, Executive Director of National Basketball Players Association
Donald Fehr, Executive Director of National Hockey League Players Association
Tony Clark, Executive Director of Major League Baseball Players Association
Charles King, Former William Morris Super Agent (represented Tyler Perry)
Leigh Steinberg, Sports Agent, has represented 300+ pro athlete clients
Donald Dell, Lagardere Unlimited
Bill Strickland, Stealth SME
Joseph Dimona, Broadcast Music, Inc.,
Karen Holm, Disney/ABC Cable Networks Group
Rhonda Edwards Powell, Scripps Networks LLC
Melanie Jones, Discovery Communications
Aleena Maher, Viacom Media Networks
Crystal Morales, Turner Entertainment Networks
Danielle Robinson, Radio One
Ricky Anderson, Anderson & Smith P.C
Professor Timothy Davis, Wake Forest University School of Law
Professor Jeremi Duru, American University Washington College of Law
Professor Serona Elton, University of Miami
Professor Tonya Evans, Widener University School of Law
Brandon Wright, University of Maryland
Edward Woods, Edward Woods, P.C.
Denise Brown Henderson, Entertainment attorney/Business Incubator
Bret Kanis, Sports Agent, Hightower Law Firm
Reggie Osse, Wade Osse Waldon, LLP
Jonathan Goins, Lewis Brisbois
Loren E. Mulraine, The Mulraine Group
Andrew Brandt, ESPN
Daryl Washington, The Washington Law Firm

Event Schedule

Registration Cost


(on or before August 1, 2015)

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Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
For those seeking CLE Credit: Howard University School of Law directly applies for and ordinarily receives CLE credit for programs in CA, MD, NY, PA, VA, VI, WA, WI, and WV. These states sometimes do not approve a program for credit before the program occurs. This course is expected to qualify for 18.50 CLE credit hours (including 1.0 ethics hours) in 60-minute states, and 22.20 credit hours (including 1.2 ethics hours) in 50-minute states. Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission in other states. For more information about CLE accreditation in your state, visit

Havana, Cuba

November 8 - 13, 2015

The Sports Lawyers Association is organizing a delegation to visit Cuba for the purpose of researching Sports Law to understand the Cuban sports industry and its legal regulation.

This initiative started under the leadership of former SLA President Glenn Wong and is now supported by the SLA Board of Directors and current SLA President Matt Mitten. As the International Committee Co-Chairs of the Sports Lawyers Association, we are pleased to be able to offer this member benefit (you have to join the SLA to attend), and invite you to join in this unique opportunity.

Although the US and Cuba are moving rapidly towards normalizing relations, travel to Cuba remains restricted by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the United States Treasury Department. This delegation will be travelling under OFAC regulation 31 CFR £515.564 General license for professional research. This license supports our access to the highest level sports law professionals in Cuba.

Each member of the delegation must be in compliance with the General License issued by OFAC authorizing full-time professionals to conduct a full-time schedule of research activities in Cuba with the likelihood that this research will be publicly disseminated. To ensure compliance, each participant in the program will be required to provide a resume and sign an affidavit attesting to his or her status as a full-time professional, paid or unpaid, in the field of research.

For those interested in sharing your experience in Cuba, a parallel program of people to people activities will be developed for guests accompanying you on this enriching program. Guests will experience the culture and lifestyle of Cuba, through interactions with the people of Havana.

Travel arrangements will be arranged through our cooperation with Professionals Abroad, a division of Academic Travel Abroad. The 60-year-old organization handles the logistical arrangements for prestigious organizations, such as National Geographic, The Smithsonian, The American Museum of Natural History and many top professional associations and universities. Academic Travel Abroad is licensed by the OFAC as a Travel Services Provider for US travel to Cuba.

This delegation will convene in Miami, Florida on November 8, 2015 at which time we will depart for Cuba. We will return to the United States on November 13, 2015. Delegates will participate in professional meetings and site visits each day; the final meetings and topics for discussion will be determined by the research interests and composition of the team and the SLA leadership.

You may also be able to extend your trip by a few days to visit other areas of Cuba, subject to an additional charge.

The estimated cost per delegation member is $4,995 U.S.D. This cost includes roundtrip international air arrangements between Miami and Havana; group transportation, meetings, accommodations in double-occupancy rooms, most meals, and essentially all other costs associated with participation. The estimated cost per guest is $4,995 U.S.D. and also includes roundtrip international air arrangements between Miami and Havana; group transportation, meetings, accommodations in double-occupancy rooms, most meals, and essentially all other costs associated with participation. Delegates will also be required to have a valid passport.

For U.S. citizens, expenses associated with this program may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. You should consult with a tax advisor to determine if tax deductibility is applicable to you.

Due to the extensive planning and communication involved in coordinating a program of this nature, please respond with your intentions regarding this invitation as soon as possible. Please RSVP to Professionals Abroad at 1-877-298-9677 or via the web A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your place on the team as space is limited. In the event that you are unable to accept this invitation, an alternate delegate candidate will be invited. You may also recommend a colleague as your alternate for the program. I look forward to hearing from you regarding your participation.

If you have questions regarding the delegation, contact our Program Representative at Professionals Abroad, at 1-877-298-9677. For additional program details, to RSVP, or to recommend a colleague to be invited please visit

We are pleased to be involved in this exciting opportunity and hope that you will strongly consider participating in the delegation and joining us in Cuba.

Jeffrey Benz
Vicky Neumeyer
SLA International Committee Co-Chairs

Preliminary Agenda

Deadline to register is October 8th

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