Miami Marlins and Miami Law Join Forces for Symposium


Co-hosted by the Miami Marlins in their new ballpark, a symposium Saturday organized by the Entertainment and Sports Law Society at the University of Miami School of Law will feature officials from the Miami Marlins, the Miami Dolphins, the National Football League, the Florida Panthers and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, as well as attorneys, academics, executives and other representatives of the entertainment and sports industries.

Among the 30 eminent experts set to address 15th Annual Entertainment and Sports Law Symposium are Derek Jackson, vice president and general counsel, Miami Marlins; Wayne Partello, senior content and creative director, Miami Dolphins; Michael Yormark, president and CEO, Florida Panthers; Stephen Starks, legal affairs director, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency; Jose Sariego, senior vice president of business and legal affairs, HBO Latin America Group; Yaphett Powell, director of business and legal affairs, International and Emerging TV Networks, FOX; Jeff Gewirtz, executive vice president and chief legal officer, Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment; Jan Paulsson, a University of Miami law professor and one of the world's top arbitrators; and Gregg Brandon, vice president and general counsel, XOS Digital.

Another Miami Law professor, Jill Pilgrim, will also take part, as will Serona Elton, an Assistant Professor of Music Business and Entertainment Industries at UM.

The symposium's panels will include: "Alternative Dispute Resolution in Professional and International Sports: The Role of Mediation, Arbitration and Negotiation in Labor Issues"; "Protecting Your Client's Image: The Use of Intellectual Property Law to Represent a Client's Business and Personal Interests"; "The Stadium as a Center for Entertainment and Sports: An Overview of the Business and Legal Issues That Arise in Event Planning at the Modern Stadium"; and "From the Television Screen to the Computer Screen: Distributing Entertainment and Sports Content in Today's Digital Age."

Jason Sosnovsky, president of the law school's Entertainment and Sports Law Society, said it would be "a relevant and informative symposium for all of South Florida's entertainment and sports community," with speakers from across the country. "This year's symposium is especially exciting," he said, "because of the venue – the new Marlins Park."

The event will take place on Saturday, April 14, at the Marlins Ballpark, 501 Marlins Way, Miami. Registration and a breakfast begin at 8 a.m., with the first panel set to start 40 minutes later. The panel will wrap at 3 p.m., after which participants will be treated to a tour of the new ballpark and, later, to watch the Miami Marlins play the Houston Astros.