Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Section

A Memo from Section Chair Evan Mayor:

Dear Members,

We have a packed Spring 2020 calendar of events!  I wanted to write you to let you know our upcoming schedule, and also to address a few other issues.

Spring Schedule of Events

Below is a lineup of ELIPS’ CLE and networking events for this Spring.  We have more events in the works for later in the Spring, and we will circulate by email more details on the events listed below as the dates get closer. 

  • Co-sponsored CLE – Thursday, January 30 at the L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown“Washington in the West” – Come hear from USPTO Director Andrei Iancu, PTAB Chief Judge Scott Boalick, and more than 30 other distinguished speakers coming together for a full-day MCLE conference (co-sponsored by ELIPS).  Reduced pricing for ELIPS members - Use Discount Code “Partner2020”.  Six MCLEs includes breakfast, lunch and reception.  For more info, visit:  https://www.laipla.net/washington-in-the-west/ 

  • CLE – February 19, 12:30 p.m. at Lawry’s“FCPA and Anti-Bribery Enforcement: Key Considerations for Media and Entertainment Companies Operating in a Global Economy” – Program providing practical anti-bribery/anti-corruption guidance for entertainment and media companies seeking to navigate complex and often murky international markets from King & Spalding Partner Brian Michael, a former federal prosecutor and former Deputy General Counsel and Group Chief Compliance Officer at 21st Century Fox. 
    Sign up here:  https://customers.lacba.org/Interactive/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=021920ELI


  • Networking – February 26, 6:30 p.m. at Bar Verde in the Nordstrom at Westfield Century City Mall“Mix, Mingle, and Schmooze” – Join us for an evening of networking with your peers and colleagues. Bring your cards!


  • Networking – March 25, 6:30 p.m. at Bar Verde in the Nordstrom at Westfield Century City Mall“Mix, Mingle, and Schmooze” – Join us for an evening of networking with your peers and colleagues. Bring your cards!


  • CLE – March 31, 12:30 p.m. at Lawry’sWhere’s My Money?”- Top entertainment litigators Tony Basich and Julie Shepard at Jenner & Block will discuss how “backend” participation interests work, the ins and outs of litigating participation disputes, and recent cases and developments.
    Sign up here:  https://customers.lacba.org/Interactive/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=033120ELI2


  • CLE – April 15, 12:30 p.m. at Lawry’s“First Amendment Law Roundup” –Jean Paul Jassy of Jassy Vick Carolan LLP, Kelli Sager at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, and UCLA Law professor Eugene Volokh will discuss the most recent developments and trends in First Amendment law and their impact on the entertainment industry.
    Sign up here: https://customers.lacba.org/Interactive/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=041520ELI&WebsiteKey=d1ad4c15-b0de-4a6e-9a08-bebf7733938b

  • CLE – May 2020 - Production Legal Bootcamp – Panelists will dive into the many hats of a production lawyer: from negotiating and drafting talent agreements, to guild sign ups, to location and vendor agreements, to IP releases, music and composer agreements, and, finally, delivery.Look out for an email with more details and how to sign up as the date gets closer.


  • Additional Mixers – look out info on other networking events this Spring!

Feedback/Get Involved

This is your section, and we’d like to hear from you about how to make it better.

  • Do you have any feedback on our Fall 2019 events, or a CLE event idea? 
  • Would you like to participate in our volunteer monthly Executive Committee meetings, where we plan events and do other work for the section? 
  • Would you like to speak at one of our career panels at area law schools? 
  • Have you written an article on entertainment/IP issues that you’d like to be considered for publication in our journal? 

Please reach out to me about getting more involved at Evan.Mayor@gmail.com.

Get Others to Join ELIPS

As a member of ELIPS, you can bring a guest for FREE to any regular, one-hour CLE program.  If your guest signs up for a LACBA membership at the event, they will receive a free section membership ($50 value) their first year.  Call LACBA member services at (213) 896-6560 to sign your guest up.

Also please feel free to forward this email to anyone you think would like to join our section and to attend one of our events this fall.  More information on joining LACBA and ELIPS can be found here:  https://www.lacba.org/sections/sections/join-this-section.


As the chair of ELIPS for Spring 2020, I’m excited to meet each and every one of you at one of our networking or CLE events.  Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or comments.


Evan Mayor


The Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Section focuses on a wide variety of entertainment and intellectual property law issues including copyright, patent, trademark, new media, licensing, unfair competition, libel, privacy, and right of publicity issues. The section consists of and welcomes all types of intellectual property and entertainment lawyers in these and other fields, including transactional and litigation lawyers, in-house counsel, and lawyers in private practice.

With an ELIPS membership, you will receive invitations to and discounts for seminars and events relating to issues of interest to our members, which cater to all skill levels—from the nuts and bolts of intellectual property law to emerging issues in the fashion industry. Attending ELIPS events helps you keep current on the latest issues and further provides the opportunity to meet a broad network of IP and entertainment law practitioners and in-house counsel. If you are not already a member, we encourage you to join this valuable section.


Our Subcommittees
  • Copyright, Trademark, and Right of Publicity
  • Film/Television
  • Internet Law
  • Licensing
  • Litigation
  • Media Law
  • Music
  • Patent
  • Sports Law
  • SubSCREEN is a subsection of ELIPS that usually hosts small and informal events in a variety of venues for attorneys and other players in the film, television, and new media industries. Formed in 1998, SubSCREEN has afforded participants practical education and networking opportunities. "SCREEN" refers to any screen that can display content.



Section news will be added here as it becomes available.

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ELIPS Executive Committee Meetings 

Meetings held on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

The Executive Committee meets every month to plan events and do other work for the section. The Committee invites all who are interested in getting more involved to attend. Dinner is provided at the meetings. Please contact Fatima Jones for more information or to RSVP.