Local university hosts entertainment and sports law conference (includes video story)

The University of Miami kicked off the 2024 Global Entertainment & Sports Law and Industry Conference on Thursday, April 4.

The two-day event is for aspiring and current lawyers looking to go into entertainment or sports law. Attendees were given opportunities to network and gain insight into industry challenges. Held at the university’s Shalala Student Center, the conference was open to all law students enrolled in South Florida law schools. Attendees sat through different panel discussions and heard from industry professionals who work as general counsels for various organizations. 

“Every year, what I try to do is host the panel with a variety of different counsels,” said John Ruzich, chief administrative officer and chief legal officer of Legends, a hospitality group that works with professional sports organizations.

Ruzich’s panel lineup included Jason Cohen, general counsel for the Dallas Cowboys, and Marlene Nations, the senior vice president of legal affairs for Hollywood Park, which owns the retail space that Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium sits on.

“I have the privilege of working with six of our amazing students to put together this amazing event with our entire community, advisory board and students,” said Greg Levy, coordinator of the event and associate dean of Law Academic Affairs and Student Services.

The Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law master’s program started nine years ago after the school saw an increase in students looking to enter the fields.

April 5 is the last day of the conference. Activities will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Stanley Beaubrun is a senior whose interests include traveling, going to the beach, and reading books. After graduation he  hopes to work in television and radio.