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2013 CLE Luncheon Schedule

Past Events

November 15, 2013
Pro Sports Contract Negotiations: Packaging and Presenting the Deal
Paul Sheehy, President and General Counsel at ProStar Sports Agency

The ESPN ticker buzzes by with breaking news that a team and player “have agreed to terms on a 5 year, $50 million contract extension.” How did that happen? What approach did each side take to arrive a that number? How is that contract actually valued by each side, and why is there typically a difference in valuation? What at-the-table and away-from-the-table moves did each side use or experience as part of the deal set up?

This luncheon session will walk through actual contract negotiations for high profile professional athletes conducted by Paul Sheehy, president and general counsel at ProStar Sports Agency. Paul has been certified by the NFL Players Association since 1988, and has negotiated hundreds of NFL player and NFL and NCAA coaching contracts throughout his career. He has also taught negotiating, dispute resolution, and sports law at the graduate school level at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business. He has been a member of the Colorado Bar since 1997 and was admitted to the California Bar in 1990. Paul holds a B.S., MBA, and JD, and has also participated in the renowned Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation.


Thursday, June 6, 2013
"Creative Commons: An Introduction to the Creative Commons Licensing Scheme"
Speaker: Justin Konrad, Hutchinson Black & Cook, LLC

Since 2002, Creative Commons copyright licenses have become a de facto industry standard among creative artists and content companies seeking to loosen the presumptive “all rights reserved” approach of U.S. copyright law and encourage greater use and distribution of their works.  With hundreds of millions of works already licensed and available to anyone with an internet connection, it is becoming ever more important to understand the uses and limitations of a CC-licensed work.  This CLE provides an introduction to what a Creative Commons license is and what it isn’t, why the Creative Commons concept has found success among content creators and consumers, and how practitioners can help their clients to understand and utilize this popular approach to copyright licensing.

Justin C. Konrad is a partner with Hutchinson Black and Cook, LLC in Boulder, Colorado, practicing in the areas of intellectual property, business law and entertainment law.  Justin graduated from Harvard University in 1997 with a degree in philosophy, received his JD from the University of Colorado School of Law in 2006, and clerked for Judge David Ebel at the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.  Prior to his legal career, Justin was a professional session and touring guitarist and a recording engineer/producer who worked with local and national artists and whose credits include a Grammy Award-winning album.   In his legal practice Justin represents individuals, startups, emerging companies and established businesses in corporate, licensing, and other transactional matters with an emphasis on the internet/media, music, television, film, and literary publishing industries.


Monday, April 29, 2013
"Bidding for an Olympic Games: Legal Parameters"

Speaker: Rana Dershowitz, general counsel of the United States Olympic Committee

The discussion will explore the process of bidding for an Olympic and Paralympic Games, including some of the legal requirements involved.  The discussion will focus on certain unique challenges the United States faces in the bidding process.

Rana Dershowitz is general counsel of the United States Olympic Committee. Dershowitz oversees the organization’s legal functions and assumes all necessary functions as corporate secretary for the USOC board of directors. She also serves as the USOC’s ethics officer, coordinating with the USOC Ethics Committee, which was established by the board.

Prior to joining the USOC, Dershowitz served as a vice president and, prior to that, director of legal and business affairs at Madison Square Garden, L.P, handling a broad range of legal and business matters for the NBA’s New York Knicks, the NHL’s New York

Rangers, and the WNBA’s New York Liberty, Madison Square Garden Network and Fox Sports Net New York.
Before Madison Square Garden, Dershowitz was an associate at the renowned New York entertainment law firm of Grubman, Indursky & Schindler, P.C. and, prior to that, at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. Dershowitz also served as an adjunct professor of sports law at New York Law School.

Dershowitz is a cum laude graduate of Harvard College, Phi Beta Kappa, and received her law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where she was executive editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and a staff member of the Harvard Journal on Legislation.