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Entertainment & Sports Law


Lesli D. Harris, Chair


Upcoming Events:


New Orleans Bar Association Strikes Up the Band

Join us for a two hour CLE program at the New Orleans Bar Association office on April 23, 2015:

Jazz Up Your Case - How to Win Using Musical Concepts

Speaker: James Thornton, Law Office of James G. Thornton, LLC

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Through both intellectually stimulating and novel music theory-based approaches, litigators will receive practical assistance in how to create purposeful emphasis through chord structure, harmony, tension/resolution, voicing, melody, and rhythm.  Using a combination of PowerPoint, auditory examples, and class participation, this jazzy CLE is designed to increase lawyers’ practical skills in creating memorable presentations, examinations, and arguments that are designed to showcase the attorney’s command of the law and facts of his case with resounding respect and dignity for the Court, client, opposing counsel, witnesses, and the jury.


“Money – That’s What I Want”

Speaker: Donna Santiago, Attorney at Law

1:10 – 2:10 pm

This presentation will focus on where the money is in the music business and the All Rights Deal:

  • Touring
  • Publishing
  • Licensing
  • Merchandise
  • Distribution
  • Recording
  • Endorsements/Sponsorship


Speakers: James G. Thornton & Donna Santiago

Date: April 23, 2015

Time: 12 noon - 2:10 pm

Location: Adams & Reese, 701 Poydras Street, Suite 4500 (please note: you have to check in downstairs on the first floor)

CLE: 2 hours of Continuing Legal Education credit

Cost: $50 - NOBA Member Discount: $50; $90 - Non-member 

To Register:

  1. Email Katie Vutera
  2. Call NOBA at (504) 525-7453
  3. Mail payment to NOBA at 650 Poydras Street, Suite 1505, New Orleans, LA 70130
  4. Members can pay online by clicking here.

*Cancellations must be received two days in advance in order to receive a refund, less an administrative fee. No shows will be charged.

Recent Events:

On September 17, 2014, the Committee held a CLE "It's a matter of character: Recent developments in the copyright of literary and movie characters" with speaker, Walter Wolf.

Shoe Wars II: CLE for the Sole

October 12, 2012 - rescheduled for December 18, 2012