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Cleveland-Marshall College of Law's 9th Annual Entertainment and Sports Law Symposium


Cleveland-Marshall College of Law's 9th Annual Entertainment and Sports Law Symposium

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law's 9th Annual Entertainment and Sports Law Symposium hosted by Cleveland-Marshall College of Law's Entertainment and Sports Law Association (4 CLE credits, including 1 "Professional Conduct" credit, pending approval)

Presented by the Lake County Captains

Panels Sponsored by The Cleveland State University Alumni Association, the Cleveland Marshall College of Law Alumni Association, Donna Caputo Ramsey LLC, and our media sponsor LawInSport.

The event will host a unique four-panel set that will cover a wide range of topics including the Evolution of Player Safety in Professional and Amateur Sports, a Legal Snapshot of the Entertainment Industry, Ethics in Collegiate Athletics, and the world of esports.

CLE Credit: 4 CLE hours, including 1 "Professional Conduct" credit, pending approval.

The Symposium will run from 12:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., with a reception to follow until 6:30 p.m. Check-in will be from 12:00-12:15 p.m., and the program will begin promptly at 12:15 p.m. Please allow at least a 15-minute window to provide time to register, find your seat, access the Wi-Fi network, and take care of any other administrative or logistical needs.


Check in: 11:30-12:15 p.m.

Greeting and Introduction: (12:15-12:30)

Snacks, water, and coffee will be available throughout the Symposium

Panel 1: Evolution of Player Safety in Professional Sports (12:30-1:30 p.m.)

Moderator: Peter Carfagna, Founder, Magis, LLC and Professor of Law, Harvard School of Law

Sophie Gage, Counsel, Business and Legal Affairs, NFL Players Association.

Tammi Gaw, Founder and Executive Director, Advantage Rule LLC

Dr. Jim Rosneck, Orthopedic Surgeon, Cleveland Clinic and Assistant Team Physician, Cleveland Cavaliers

Zoltan Mesko, Co-Founder, Exero Labs and former NFL Player, New England Patriots 

This panel will focus on the Evolution of Player Safety in Professional and Amateur Sports, including the comparative regulations of player benefits in the NFL, NBA (as agreed upon in their collective bargaining agreements), and the NCAA;  how those regulations have developed throughout the 20th century; injury ates and policies amongst the leagues; health benefits and compensation for such injuries; and much more. 

Panel 2: Entertainment Law Today: A Snapshot of the Industry  (1:40-2:40 p.m.)     

Moderator: Angelin Chang, Professor of Music and Law, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Peter Strand, Partner, Mandell Menkes LLC and Chair-Elect for the Forum on Entertainment and Sports, American Bar Association

Paul Farberman, President, Paul Farberman Entertainment

Neeta Ragoowansi, SVP, Business Development & Legal Affairs/Co-Founder at NPREX (National Performing Rights Exchange)

This panel, which is set up as a legal snapshot of the entertainment industry, will focus on the newly passed Music Modernization Act, becoming an entertainment lawyer, ethics of an entertainment attorney, music publishing 101, the basics of recording agreements, and song writes and song rights: what is songwriting and who owns what rights in songs created by collaboration.

Panel 3: Ethics in Collegiate Athletics (3:20-4:20 p.m.)

Moderator: Rafael Hernandez Brito, "El Alcalde", Bilingual Play by Play Announcer of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Spanish Play by Play Announcer for the Cleveland Browns

Ricky Volante, Chief Executive Officer, The Historical Basketball League Enterprises, Inc.

Patrick Hruby, Contributing Writer to Media Outlets including The Atlantic, ESPN the Magazine, The New York Times, and the Washington Post. 

Theresa Walton-Fisette, Associate Professor, Kent State University

Susan Stone, Partner, Kohrman Jackson and Krantz

Kristina Supler, Partner, Kohrman Jackson and Krantz

Our third panel will discuss pertinent ethical issues in collegiate athletics. These issues include navigating legal ethics issues within collegiate athletics regarding amateurism and influence from professional sports; concussion litigation against the NCAA and its member institutions; and the Department of Justice investigation into college athletics.

Panel 4: The Rise of the esports Industry (4:30-5:30 p.m.)

Moderator:Melissa Bailey, Attorney, Brooks Pierce

Krista Hiner, Attorney, ESG Law

Hal Biagas, Executive Director, NA LCS Players Association

Anthony Muraco, Director of Gaming Operations, Cleveland Cavaliers

Our last panel will discuss esports, also known as professional video gaming, and its emerging role in the entertainment and sports law domain. This panel will cover areas such as players’ rights, ownership of intellectual property, league regulation, and franchising.

Cocktail Reception: (5:30-6:30 p.m.)

Sponsored by Professional Athletes & Entertainers (PAE)

Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served

Ticket Prices are as follows

Students and C-M Law Faculty (any and all students in any and all programs) free: must show student ID at check-in.

Attorneys: $25 pre-order, $30 at the door

Non-attorneys: $20 pre-order, $25 at the door

Law School Location

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law is located at 1801 Euclide Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115. The Moot Court Room is on the first floor of the Law School, adjacent to the Atrium. If you enter through the entrances off of Euclid Ave. or East 18th St., you will need to go up one floor.  


Please find information regarding parking for this event here:

Contact Information

If you have any questions before the Symposium, please contact:

Aaron Caputo: President, YSAhIG0gISBjYXB1dG8gfCBjbWxhdyAhIGNzdW9oaW8gISBlZHU=

Kyle Stroup: Vice President of Sports, ayAhIHN0cm91cCB8IGNtbGF3ICEgY3N1b2hpbyAhIGVkdQ==

Please Note

Tickets are non-refundable.

For those attending, neither the Entertainment and Sports Law Association or Cleveland-Marshall College of Law are resposible for lost or stole items left.


Feel free to contact ESLA's President Aaron Caputo at YSAhIG0gISBjYXB1dG8gfCBjbWxhdyAhIGNzdW9oaW8gISBlZHU=.

Thank you again to all of our sponsors:

The Lake County Captains

The Cleveland State University Alumni Association

The Cleveland Marshall College of Law Alumni Association

Donna Caputo Ramsey LLC


Professional Athletes & Entertainers (PAE)

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