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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Legal Ethics

Bruce Johnson - Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Seattle, WA
Lucian T. Pera - Partner, Adams and Reese LLP, Memphis, TN

Luncheon Program

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

Bonus Session

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

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General Information

CLE and Insurance CE Credit
A total of 9 CLE credit hours, including one hour of ethics, has been approved in Kansas, Missouri, New York and California. A total of 2 Insurance CE credit hours has been approved in Kansas and Missouri for the Thursday bonus session. The seminar support staff will provide on-site assistance to attendees who plan to apply for CLE credit from other jurisdictions.
Registration Fees
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Lights! Action! Insurance! - Insuring Sports, Stars and Super Events
(if attending the Seminar on Friday, April 29, 2016)
No Charge
Lights! Action! Insurance! - Insuring Sports, Stars and Super Events $40
Friday, April 29, 2016
KCMBA Lawyer $330

Non-KCMBA Lawyer
(registered by March 22, 2016)


Non-KCMBA Lawyer
(registered after March 22, 2016)

Full-Time Journalist, Educator or Student $60
Member of the Public $110

Luncheon Only
(available after March 22, 2016; preference will be given to seminar registrants)

Note: A lawyer who works full-time for a non-profit organization, academic institution or government agency, or who has special financial need, may apply for a discounted fee. The application must be submitted in writing to the KCMBA Media Law Committee in care of the seminar coordinator, Pam Hicks, phicks@ku.edu.
Friends of the annual Media and the Law Seminar are welcome to offer financial support and apply for recognition as contributors. Contributions are used to defray annual seminar expenses. To become a recognized contributor, one must have established interests in common with the seminar co-sponsors, evidence of support for the media law traditions and values represented by the seminar, and ability to help meet expenses. If the co-sponsors accept an application to be a recognized contributor, the applicant will receive information about the procedure for supporting the seminar and receiving recognition. An application to be a recognized contributor for a forthcoming seminar may be submitted to the seminar coordinator, Pam Hicks, phicks@ku.edu.
29th Annual Media and the Law Seminar Contributors
AXIS Insurance
Fox Rothschild LLP
Holland & Knight LLP
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
KU School of Law Media, Law and Technology Program (in memory of Landon Rowland)
Larry Worrall
Lathrop & Gage LLP
Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP
OneBeacon Technology Insurance
Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke LLP
Vedder Price
Media, Privacy and Advertising Law Committee of the Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the ABA
Location & Parking
InterContinental Hotel at the Plaza, 401 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri
Hotel guest valet parking is $20 a day or self-park for $15 a day. Participants commuting to the seminar can park during the day at the InterContinental at no cost.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the InterContinental Hotel at the Plaza, 401 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri, until 5 p.m. March 28, 2016. After that date, room availability and rate cannot be guaranteed. Make your reservations by calling 866-856-9717, or register online at www.kansascityic.com. To receive the special seminar rate of $189, mention that you will be attending the University of Kansas Media and the Law Seminar, or use the group code M16 when registering online.
Kansas City Attractions
Thinking of enjoying the weekend in Kansas City after the seminar? There are attractions and events for everyone, including:
  • Country Club Plaza - Across the street from the InterContinental Hotel at the Plaza, the 15-block district is one of Kansas City's popular retail, dining and entertainment destinations.
  • 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.
  • Crossroads Arts District - Kansas City's eclectic enclave hosts boutique shops, one-of-a-kind restaurants, creative businesses, studios and art galleries.
  • Kansas City Power & Light District - Spread over a half-million square feet, the Kansas City Power & Light District is the Midwest's premier entertainment epicenter. With more than 50 unique and captivating shops, restaurants, bars and entertainment venues, the district offers something for everyone.
For additional information on the above attractions and Kansas City events, visit www.visitkc.com.
Program Accessibility
We accommodate persons with disabilities. Please call 785-864-5823 or mark the space on the registration form, and a University of Kansas Professional & Continuing Education representative will contact you to discuss your needs. To ensure accommodation, please register at least two weeks before the start of the seminar. The University of Kansas is committed to providing programs and activities to all persons, regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability and veteran status. In addition, university policies prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, marital status and parental status.
Nondiscrimination Policy
The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University's programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.
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The University of Kansas Professional & Continuing Education does not share, sell or rent its mailing lists. You have our assurance that any information you provide will be held in confidence by the University of Kansas Professional & Continuing Education. We occasionally use mailing lists that we have leased. If you receive unwanted communication from KUPCE, it is because your name appears on a list we have acquired from another source. In this case, please accept our apologies.
Refund and Cancellation Policy
A full refund of registration fees, less a $50 administrative fee, will be available if requested in writing and received by April 22, 2016. No refunds will be made after that date. A $30 fee also will be charged for returned checks. (Please note that if you fail to cancel by the deadline and do not attend, you are still responsible for payment.) The University of Kansas Professional & Continuing Education reserves the right to cancel the seminar and return all fees in the event of insufficient registration. The liability of the University of Kansas is limited to the registration fee. The University of Kansas will not be responsible for any losses incurred by registrants, including but not limited to airline cancellation charges or hotel deposits.

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
Edwards Campus
Professional & Continuing Education
Regents Center 125
12600 Quivira Road
Overland Park, KS 66213

Phone: 785-864-5823 or (toll free) 877-404-5823
Email: kupce@ku.edu


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