BJESL Conference Agenda

Speakers are being added regularly   Thursday, November 5

5:30 p.m.

Welcoming Remarks


5:40 p.m.

Women on the Rise
(eligible for Anti-bias CLE credit)

Jessica Borison, Youtube, Sports Partner Manager

Kirby Porter, Will Ventures, Marketing and Community Manager

Krista Whitaker, Proskauer Rose LLP, Corporate Associate

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

Moderator: Samya Abdela(‘18), Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Associate

6:45 p.m.

The Business of Esports

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

Justin M. Jacobson, The Jacobson Firm, P.C., Vice President

Harris Peskin, ESG Law, Partner

Luke Zelon, NXT UP Esports, Founder

Moderator: Jonathan Zhang, Berkeley Law, Class of 2023

  Friday, November 6

9:50 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks


10:00 a.m.

A Year in Review: Amateur and Professional Sports

D’Lonra Ellis, Oakland Athletics, General Counsel

Adam Lauridsen, Keker Van Nest & Peters, Partner

Sean Monroe (‘96), O’Melveny, Partner

Jeanifer Parsigian, Winston Strawn LLP, Litigation Associate

Moderator: Rob King, ESPN, SVP and Editor at Large

11:05 a.m.

Keynote: Advancing Racial Justice in Sports

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

Leigh Steinberg (’73), Steinberg Sports & Entertainment, Sports Agent

Moderator: Jami Floyd, WNYC Radio, Host

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12:10 p.m.

Best Practices for Getting Stories Made and Streamed

Andy Ferugson (’10), CBS Television Studios, Director, Business Affairs

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

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

Nicole Roxanne Foster, Amazon Studios, Corporate Counsel

1:15 p.m.

The Evolution of Corporate Citizenship

Braeden Anderson, Sidley Austin LLP, Associate

Monique Francis, Creative Artists Agency, Social Impact Executive

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

India Pinkney, National Endowment for the Arts, General Counsel

Moderator: Cloey Hewlett, Cal Alumni Association, Executive Director

2:20 p.m.

Establishing an MLS Team During a Pandemic

Sarah Chai (’15), Major League Soccer, Senior Manager, Player Relations

Eric Hagen, Austin FC, General Counsel

Anastasia Danias, Major League Soccer, General Counsel

Ena Patel, Angel City, Head of Soccer Operations

Moderator: Taylor Wells-Maberry, Major League Soccer, Senior Coordinator, Player Engagement

3:25 p.m.

Keynote: State of the Music Industry

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

Moderator: Peter Menell, Berkeley Law, Koret Professor of Law, Co-Director of Berkeley Center for Law & Technology

4:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks