Lindsay Stafford Mader 2015-02-25 17:49:29
A look at 17 panel discussions and CLE offerings geared toward attorneys. Though it might be difficult to believe upon encountering the streets of Austin flooded with young hipsters, the annual South by Southwest Festival is a burgeoning event for legal education. Step inside the bustling Austin Convention Center during the third week of March and take the escalators to the much calmer third level, and you’ll find attorneys and legal professionals clad in anything from suits and ties to T-shirts and jeans—and even a few showing off their tattoos. Since 1998, SXSW has been offering continuing legal education to Texas and out-of-state attorneys, and this year will feature 12 hours of programming. “From the start, the goal has been to provide entertainment and emerging-technology attorneys—both established practitioners and those new to these fields—with technical and practical information designed to help them update and enhance their professional skills,” said Nels Jacobson, a lawyer and graphic artist who co-chairs the SXSW CLE program with the Midwest firm of Lommen Abdo. We compiled a sampling of 17 legal-focused events taking place at the 2015 SXSW Festival, including some CLE presentations held in Room 9ABC of the Austin Convention Center, as well as additional sessions scattered around downtown. More information is available at schedule.sxsw.com and sxsw.com/music/conference/cle. To get into the Film and Interactive CLE sessions, attendees need a Platinum, Gold, Film, or Interactive badge; for a Music CLE session, a Platinum or Music badge is required. No additional registration is necessary; attorneys need only show up and sign in. INTERACTIVE FRIDAY, MARCH 13 3:30-4:30 p.m. Protecting Great Ideas Without Stifling Innovation. Panelists discuss how non-compete agreements and IP laws impact the fast-paced world of tech startups and tell businesses how they can protect their ideas without discouraging innovation. SATURDAY, MARCH 14 9:30-10:30 a.m. Startup Success: From Formation to Exit. Presented by Gardere Wynne Sewell, this session covers startup companies’ most common legal issues and crippling pitfalls, including incorporation, IP, labor and employment, funding, dispute resolution, and seeking outside counsel. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Facebook, Twitter, and the Future of Free Speech. Jeffrey Rosen of the National Constitution Center, Nicole Ozer of the American Civil Liberties Union, and attorneys with leading social media platforms discuss Internet free speech issues and the future of online censorship. SUNDAY, MARCH 15 11 a.m.-noon Will Your Next Lawyer Be a Machine? Panelists review the effect of legal industry technology that is improving lawyers’ efficiency while also competing for the performance of commoditized functions. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Legal Hackers: A Global Movement to Reform the Law. Leaders of the legal hacking movement explain how their goal to intersect technology and the law is changing the legal industry for the better. MONDAY, MARCH 16 9:30-10:30 a.m. What’s Next? Surveillance Reform Post-Snowden. A debate on the controversial balance between national security and privacy, including the value and impact of recent presidential, congressional, and judicial reforms. 11 a.m.-noon We Deserve a Second Chance: Ex-Prisoners Speak. Community leaders and former prisoners suggest best practices to be adopted by law enforcement for transitioning prisoners back into society and reducing recidivism. 5-6 p.m. Stealing Other People’s Stuff: A Primer. This standing-room-only event from last year returns to examine legal cases involving the “borrowing” of digital content. TUESDAY, MARCH 17 12:30-1:30 p.m. Privacy in the Age of Drone Fever. Lisa Ellman, former drone policy adviser to President Barack Obama, posits that the domestic use of drones should meld policy and innovation in a way that the public can trust and benefit from. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Lessons in Life: Work Learned Living in My Office. Oklahoma attorney Chris Smith tells the story of transforming his law practice from a laptop in a coffee shop to a multi-state firm. FILM SUNDAY, MARCH 15 11 a.m.-noon Confronting Injustice. Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, shares his experience of working to secure relief for dozens of minority and poor prisoners and to improve the criminal justice system. IN CONJUNCTION WITH INTERACTIVE TUESDAY, MARCH 17 2-3 p.m. Other People’s Money: Investors and Crowdfunding. A primer on how to stay in the legal clear while structuring and using equity financing to fund film projects. CLE MUSIC FRIDAY, MARCH 20 2-3 p.m. Art Laws and Outlaws: Legal Issues in Music Graphics. Law and design experts discuss promotional art legal issues for graphic artists, bands, concert promoters, dealers, and more. CLE 3:30-4:30 p.m. Unhappy Together—The Turtles With Sirius XM. Three entertainment attorneys dissect the “Flo & Eddie Cases”— brought by founding members of the rock band the Turtles against Sirius XM for not paying royalties on broadcasts of sound recordings made before 1972—which could mean big bucks for many heritage artists and their record companies. CLE 5-6 p.m. How Musicians Get Paid: The View From D.C. Policy experts relay “the talk on the Hill” about a possible reformation of the licensing system for the performance, reproduction, and distribution of songs and sound recordings. SATURDAY, MARCH 21 12:30-1:30 p.m. Litigation: The Cases We Need to Know. Copyright co-ownership disputes, record label joint ventures, publicity rights, attorney fees in music royalty disputes, talent discoverers’ rights, and battles over band names. CLE 2-3 p.m. Still Screaming About Streaming. Current and former attorneys with the National Music Publishers’ Association, Pandora, and SoundExchange examine how non-interactive streaming—once hailed as the “savior” of the music industry—is impacting artists, songwriters, publishers, labels, and music services. CLE
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