BJESL Agenda

Speakers being added regularly 

8:30 a.m.

Registration Opens, Continental Breakfast


9:00 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks


9:15 a.m.

Hot Button Developments in Amateur and Professional Sports.
2019 was an exciting year for sports and we expect nothing less in 2020. From Fair Pay to Play to sports betting, this panel will explore key developments in sports and trends to watch.

Richard Brand, Arent Fox LLP, Chair of Sports Practice (Moderator)

D’Lonra Ellis, Oakland Athletics, General Counsel

Paris Austin, Cal Basketball Class of 2020 

Adam Lauridsen, Keker Van Nest & Peters, Partner

Greg Genske (‘98), GEM Sports Agency, MLB Agent

Kevin Masuda, Gibson Dunn LLP, Partner

10:15 a.m.

Has It Gone Too Far or Not Far Enough? The Specter of #CancelCulture.
One of the more interesting cultural phenomena is the idea that a person can be “canceled.” This panel addresses the insurgence of cancel culture and the intentional and unintentional impact on the entertainment and sports industries. With an eye to the future, where is this all heading and what does society expect of the people and organizations they choose to support?

Russell Robinson, Berkeley Law, Faculty Director on Race, Sexuality and Culture (Moderator)

Susan Gutierrez, Proskauer Rose LLP, Partner

Labib Yasir, Fine Brothers Entertainment, Influencer

Waqas Alizai Khan, Donaldson & Callif, Clearance Coordinator

11:15 a.m.

The Impact of Supreme Court Decisions on Brand Infringement.
Achieving brand relevance is one thing; protecting it from fair use is another. What happens when an influencer’s post infringes on the intellectual property rights of another? Thought leaders will breakdown the impact of recent copyright decisions and its trickle down effect in spaces like social media.

Dan Schacht, Donahue Fitzgerald LLP, Partner (Moderator)

Brian L. Heidelberger, Loeb & Loeb LLP, Partner 

Rachel Friedman, Snapchat, IP Counsel 

Doug Bentz, San Jose Sharks, VP of Marketing & Digital

12:15 p.m.

Lunch Fireside Chat  

Savala Trepczynski (‘11), Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, Executive Director (Moderator)

Dr. Damion Thomas, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Curator of Sports

Leigh Steinberg, Steinberg Sports & Entertainment, Sports Agent

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1:30 p.m.

Dealmaking Amid TV Streaming Wars.
In the last two years the amount of streaming platforms available to viewers has increased. This panel will discuss how the growth of streaming has influenced business practices, specifically dealmaking. What are the challenges to making both the networks and talent happy?

David Matlof (‘92), Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof + Fishman LLP, Partner 

Sean Monroe (‘96),  O’Melveny & Myers LLP,  Partner

Darrell Miller, Fox Rothschild, Chair of Entertainment and Sports Practice 

Rey Rodriguez (‘92), Walt Disney Studios, Assistant Chief Counsel

2:30 p.m.

New Kids on the Block: Rising Stars.
They are assets to large firms, leaders helping push companies forward and entrepreneurs building tomorrow’s great businesses. Young attorneys and professionals get honest about the lessons they’ve learned and share insight into how new professionals can carve out space for themselves within an industry that is notoriously hard to get into.

Julian Mitchell, Beats by Dre, Forbes (Moderator)

Joth Bhullar (’19), Pac-12 Networks, Associate Counsel

Kirby Porter, Pepsico, NBA & Hoops Partnerships

Zak Welsh (‘15), Arent Fox LLP, Associate

Sloan Whiteside (‘16), Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof + Fishman LLP, Associate 

Matt Tuffuor, Toasted Life, Co-Founder

3:30 p.m.

The Power of Your Platform and Corporate Responsibility.
Individuals and corporations play a pivotal role in the kind of world we live in. This panel explores the ways individuals use their personal platforms for social good and the evolving roles that corporations have within the communities they operate.

Cloey Hewlett (‘79), Cal Alumni Association, Executive Director (Moderator)

Hannah Gordon, San Francisco 49ers, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel

Taj Clayton, Winston Strawn LLP, Partner

Monique Clifton, Creative Artists Agency, Social Impact Executive

Braeden Anderson, Sidley Austin LLP, Associate

4:30 p.m.

Skin in the Game: Best Practices for Engaging in Esports.
The intrigue in esports and gaming developed fast across a global community. Now that esports is booming, do you have to be a gamer to get involved? This panel will shine a light on the various opportunities for fans, schools, and investors to get engaged in esports, and the legal challenges to consider.

Nick D’Orazio, Inven Global, Director of Strategic Content (Moderator)

Lindsey Mohle, Electronic Arts (EA), Senior Product Counsel 

Brandon Jackson (‘18), Greenberg Glusker Fields  Claman & Machtinger LLP, Associate

5:15 p.m.

 CLOSING KEYNOTE | The State of Music: 1-on-1 with Jeffrey Harleston

Jeff Harleston (‘88), Universal Music Group, General Counsel and EVP of Business & Legal Affairs

6:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks/Reception  
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