Entertainment/ Intellectual Property Law

      Lesli D. Harris, Chair              Vanessa D'Souza, Vice-Chair

Upcoming Events:

What Your Music Clients Need to Know About 2018's Music Modernization Act
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act is the most significant piece of copyright legislation in decades, updating U.S. music law for the digital age.  The Copyright Office has been busy implementing the Act over the past year.  Copyright Office Assistant General Counsel, John Riley, will present a summary of the Music Modernization Act and outline the Office’s past and future implementation efforts and what these changes mean for your clients.

John Riley, Copyright Office Assistant General Counsel

Wednesday, January 22, 2019

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

NOBA Office
650 Poydras Street, Suite 1505
New Orleans, LA 70130

1 hour of CLE credit 

NOBA member discount: $35
Non-member price: $55
(includes lunch)
*All credit card transactions will be charged a 3% convenience fee.


  1. Contact NOBA at (504) 525-7453 or
  2. Email Briana Nelms
  3. Mail payment to the NOBA Office, 650 Poydras Street, Suite 1505, New Orleans, LA 70130
  4. NOBA members can pay online by clicking here
  5. Non-Members can pay online by clicking here
    *We take everything but American Express. All credit card transactions will be charged a 3% convenience fee. 

Please note our updated cancellation policy:
Payment is expected before the start of programs in order to attend. Cancellations must be received in writing two days in advance in order to receive a refund. No shows are not eligible for refunds and will be charged for the program, plus an administrative billing fee.



Recent Events:

On July 6th, 2018 NOBA IP and Entertainment lawyers gave pro bono assistance at the intellectual property clinic in New Orleans. The legal needs included Legal needs include advice on arts-related legal matters, including trademarks, copyrights, patents, and contracts, among other issues. 

On September 3, 2015, the Committee held a CLE & Social at Martin Lawrence Galleries. Walter Wolf III discussed a variety of topics involving fine art objects including forgeries and transfer of ownership of fine art objects. Sherry Kohlert, certified fine art appriaser, shared her knowledge regarding appraising v. authentication and using and handling insurance disputes and damage claims involving valuable art pieces.

On April 23, 2015, James Thornton and Donna Santiago spoke on How to Win Using Musical Concepts  and the All Rights Deal.

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.