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Current Ethical Issues for Entertainment Lawyers




Approved for CLE credit in: AK,AZ,CA,IL,ME,MO,ND,NY

This program will focus on the ethical issues faced by transactional entertainment lawyers representing clients in music, film, television and theatre. We will discuss the potential impact on entertainment practitioners of the adoption of the New York State Bar Association's proposed Rules of Professional Conduct, now being considered for adoption by the Appellate Divisions in New York. We will also review the Standards of Civility. Hypothetical fact situations will be utilized. For practicing lawyers, the program will provide an update on current practices; for newly admitted lawyers, the program will provide the necessary ethical ground rules.

Provided By: New York City Bar

  • Non-Traditional Fee Arrangements Outside Litigation; Doing Business with Your Client
  • NYSBA Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct¿Update and Summary of Proposed Rules Changes; Civility Standards; Ramifications of Rules Violations; Lawyer Advertising Rules
  • Representing the Music Client-Hypothetical and Discussion
  • Representing the Theater Client-Hypothetical and Discussion
  • Representing the Film and Television Client-Hypothetical and Discussion

  • CLE Credit Information

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    This program is has been approved for credit in AK,AZ,CA,IL,ME,MO,ND,NY

    Experienced attorneys only (non-transitional)

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    Panelist Biographies

    Jonathan A. Lonner

    Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo, P.C.


    Judy Tint Counselor At Law

    Judy Tint is a native New Yorker and lifelong music lover, who considers her career in the music business to have commenced with the acquisition of her first transistor radio at age 7. She has over twenty-five years experience as an attorney, consultant and producer in the entertainment industry, and was associated with two leading entertainment law firms (Pryor, Cashman, Sherman & Flynn and Grubman, Indursky & Schindler) before opening her own practice in 1984, specializing in music-related matters and representing a broad variety of recording artists, songwriters, producers, independent labels, radio personalities, and other music-makers, from newcomers to members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Judy has lectured extensively on various topics in the entertainment field, appearing for organizations including The Practicing Law Institute, Women in Music, CMJ Music Marathon, The New Music Seminar, Columbia Law School, Grammy in the Schools, South by Southwest and North by Northwest.

    Judith B. Bass

    Solo Practitioner

    Judith B. Bass is a solo practitioner dedicated to addressing the needs of clients in the creative community. She concentrates on intellectual property matters and on rights licensing for a variety of companies and individuals in the media and entertainment industries. Her expertise includes all forms of television, documentary and other film projects, animation, magazine and book publishing, the visual arts, music and theater. She also handles many kinds of licensing and merchandising deals as well as advertising and promotional matters. Ms. Bass has over twenty-five years of experience in the media and entertainment industries, both with a big firm and in-house in premier media and entertainment companies. Ms. Bass started her career at the law firm of Rogers & Wells (now Clifford Chance). She then spent over twelve years at Time Inc., first in the Time Inc. Law Department where she ultimately served as Associate General Counsel. She left the Law Department to become the first and only Director of Business Affairs for her clients, Sports Illustrated and Sports Illustrated for Kids Magazines. As Vice President of Business Affairs at CBS Enterprises for over six years, Ms. Bass was responsible for the structuring and negotiation of all contractual arrangements for CBS Broadcast International, CBS Video and CBS Consumer Products. She then served as Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs of Marvel Enterprises, working on matters involving Spider-Man and other members of Marvel's vast character library. Ms. Bass received her law degree from the New York University School of Law where she was Managing Editor of the Journal of International Law and Politics. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Jackson College of Tufts University, and currently serves on the Alumni Executive Board of the Communications and Media Studies Program at Tufts. She is a member of the New York City Bar Association's Entertainment Law Committee, the New York State Bar Association's Entertainment and Sports Law Committee, the ABA's Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, the Copyright Society, the Media Law Resource Center, New York Women in Film and Television and the International Documentary Association.

    David M. Rabinowitz

    Moses & Singer LLP

    Mr. Rabinowitz has been a partner with Moses & Singer since 1985. He is an experienced litigator and trial attorney for civil commercial cases involving contracts, copyright, trademark and unfair competition, employment and employment discrimination, real estate, and decedents' estates and trusts with emphasis on the entertainment, media, banking and business products industries. Mr. Rabinowitz is experienced with arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution procedures, and he has appeared in state and federal courts throughout the United States.

    Mr. Rabinowitz has lectured and participated on panels before the Bar Association of the City of New York, the American Bar Association, The Practicing Law Institute, the Copyright Society of the United States and the Massachusetts Software Council. He is an adjunct professor teaching Copyright Law at Seton Hall Law School. He is a member and former trustee of The Copyright Society. Mr. Rabinowitz has published articles which have appeared in Advertising Age, Entertainment Law Reporter, The Entertainment Publishing and the Arts Handbook, The Bulletin of the Copyright Society of the United States and Practical Lawyer. He has written a series of articles on Internet Law entitled "Web Site Story", which appeared in The American Lawyer's Corporate Counsel Magazine.

    Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1976, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, 1973-1976
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, S.B., 1972

    Richard M. Maltz

    Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein & Selz

    Richard M. Maltz is counsel to Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein & Selz's Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Group. He is one of New York State¿s leading practitioners in the field of legal ethics and professional responsibility, representing lawyers and law firms in a wide variety of disciplinary matters, litigation, and law firm disputes. He has more than 20 years of experience in the field. Mr. Maltz served two years as First Deputy Chief Counsel (1998-2000) and nine years as Deputy Chief Counsel (1989-1998) for the Departmental Disciplinary Committee for the Appellate Division, First Judicial Department. Prior to joining the Committee, Mr. Maltz handled both criminal and civil litigation. Currently, Mr. Maltz is a member of the New York State Bar Committee on Professional Discipline and the New York City Bar Professional Responsibility Committee. He is also Chair of the New York State Trial Lawyer's Ethics Committee. Mr. Maltz is a former Chair of the Professional Responsibility Committee of the New York City Bar (2002-2005) and former Co-Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Westchester County Bar Association. He served as a member of the New York County Lawyer's Ethics Institute and was appointed to the New York State Bar Advertising Task Force. He was also former Chair of the Briarcliff Manor Ethics Board, as well as, a former Referee for the Judicial Conduct Commission. Mr. Maltz is certified to teach an ethics CLE course by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board and he lectures often on disciplinary and ethical issues for New York State, City, and County Bar associations and for private law firms. He has taught professional responsibility at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and has published articles in the New York Law Journal, New York State Bar Journal, and Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics. He has also acted as an ethics expert.

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