Media & the Law Seminar
Each year, the University of Kansas School of Law and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Media Law Committee host the Media and the Law Seminar in Kansas City, along with other local events, to facilitate and encourage dialogue about the latest legal issues and developments in media, law and technology.
The 29th Annual
Media & the Law Seminar
Fair Play or Out of Bounds?
The Use and Abuse of the First Amendment in Sports, Entertainment and Popular Culture
Featuring Special Guest Luncheon Speaker Don Fehr, Executive Director of the National Hockey League Players’ Association and former Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players’ Association
Friday, April 29, 2016
8 a.m. — 4:15 p.m.
InterContinental Hotel at the Plaza - Kansas City, Missouri
Lawyers know that having fun can be hard work. While sports, entertainment, and the Internet may be diversions that most folks use to unwind, they are rife with potential legal pitfalls for publications, artists, and fans alike. The current state of pop culture - and the way we talk about it online - is quickly changing the legal landscape on important issues like defamation, privacy, and intellectual property. At this year's seminar, we will focus on the intersection of law and pop culture, discussing topics such as right of publicity issues related to NCAA athletes in video games and creative works, lessons to be learned from celebrity defamation and copyright cases, protecting free speech rights in the era of Internet lynch mobs and online harassment, and more.
Panel 1: In the Game - The Right of Publicity Takes on the First Amendment
Sandra Baron - Senior Fellow, Yale Law School's Information Society Project and Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression, New York, NY
Kevin W. Goering - Partner, Norwick Schad & Goering, New York, NY
Louis P. Petrich - Partner, Leopold, Petrich & Smith, Los Angeles, CA
Panel 2: Copyright - The Future Ain't What It Used to Be
Katherine Spelman - Partner, K&L Gates, Seattle, WA
Dale Cendali - Partner, Kirkland & Ellis, New York, NY
Regan A. Smith - Associate General Counsel, U.S. Copyright Office, Washington, DC
Panel 3: Don't Feed the Trolls - Balancing Victims' Rights, Privacy, and the First Amendment in Responding to Internet Harassment
Roger Myers - Partner, Bryan Cave LLP, San Francisco, CA
Mary Anne Franks - Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, FL
Sarah Lacy - CEO, Pando Daily, San Francisco, CA
Andrew Losowsky - Project Lead, The Coral Project at Mozilla, New York, NY
Panel 4: Monday Morning Quarterback - Lessons From Recent High-Profile Trials
Steve Mandell - Partner, Mandell Menkes, Chicago, IL
Steven M. Hayes - Attorney, Steven M. Hayes PC, New York, NY
William B. Kilroy - former juror/real estate investor, Frankfort, IL
Leita Walker - Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels, LLP, Minneapolis, MN
Panel 5: Free Speech vs. Safe Speech - What the Campus Unrest at the University of Missouri and Elsewhere Can Teach Us About the First Amendment
Daxton "Chip" Stewart - Associate Dean and Associate Professor, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX
Carl Kenney - Pastor at Bethel Church, Adjunct Professor, Missouri School of Journalism, Columbia, MO
Earnest Perry - Associate Professor, Missouri School of Journalism, Columbia, MO
Catherin Sevcenko - Associate Director of Litigation, Foundation for Individuals Rights in Education, Washington, DC
Bruce Johnson - Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Seattle, WA
Lucian T. Pera - Partner, Adams and Reese LLP, Memphis, TN
Don Fehr is the Executive Director of the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA). Since assuming the post in 2010, Don has focused on building active participation by players in their union, and has travelled extensively to meet and consult with players around the league. Don serves as chief negotiator in collective bargaining with the NHL.
Before joining the NHLPA, Don spent 33 years with the Major League Baseball Players Union (MLBPA), the last 26 as Executive Director. Over this time, Don successfully maintained unity through one lockout and two strikes; litigated the collusion cases of the 1980s which led to the owners paying $280 million in damages to the players; won the bad-faith bargaining case that ended the 1994-95 strike and subsequently negotiated an agreement; and negotiated new agreements with MLB in 2002 and 2006. These achievements resulted in an extended era of uninterrupted play, and new levels of stability in baseball labor relations.
Don helped build the strength of baseball's union by keeping the players involved and informed, and developing a strong consensus on all important issues. His goals are the same at the NHLPA.
"Fehr is one of the leading figures in American sports law. He has been involved with some of the largest sports stories of the last few decades, including the arbitration decision that created free agency in Major League Baseball, a successful challenge to MLB owner collusion, the 1994-95 MLB strike, and the 2012 NHL lockout." Bryan Clark, Associate, Vedder Price
Thursday, April 28, 2016
4 — 5:45 p.m.
Lights! Action! Insurance! - Insuring Sports, Stars and Super Events
Tom Curley - Partner, Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, LLP, Washington, DC
Emily Caron - Vice President, Media Liability Claims, OneBeacon Technology Insurance, Overland Park, KS
Robert Frost - President, Frost Specialty, Inc., Nashville, TN
Bob Latham - Partner, Jackson Walker LLP, Dallas, TX
Judith E. Pottorff - Corporate Counsel, Kansas Athletics, Inc., Lawrence, KS
|Thursday, April 28, 2016|
|Lights! Action! Insurance! - Insuring Sports, Stars and Super Events
(if attending the Seminar on Friday, April 29, 2016)
|Lights! Action! Insurance! - Insuring Sports, Stars and Super Events||$40|
|Friday, April 29, 2016|
|Full-Time Journalist, Educator or Student||$60|
|Member of the Public||$110|
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- Westport - A fusion of local eateries, fashionable boutiques and hot night spots compounded with remnants of the neighborhood's historic past, this entertainment district boasts a rich history as the oldest established community in Kansas City. More than 150 years ago, Westport marked the passage into the western frontier and set the foundation for what it is today: a thriving shopping center and entertainment district.
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About the Seminar
Since 1987, the Media and the Law seminar series has brought together lawyers, judges and others to discuss legal issues and trends in media, law and technology. Initiated by leadership in the Kansas City media liability insurance community, the seminar is planned by local area media lawyers, journalists and educators and coordinated by the University of Kansas Professional & Continuing Education staff. From the latest First Amendment litigation to emerging social media risks, the "hot topics" of each year are explored and debated by a panel of experts and distinguished speakers.
For questions, contact:
The University of Kansas
Professional & Continuing Education
Regents Center 125
12600 Quivira Road
Overland Park, KS 66213
Phone: 785-864-5823 or (toll free) 877-404-5823