Student Organization Spotlight: Arts, Entertainment & Sports Law Society

by Jaime Welsh

The Arts, Entertainment, and Sports Law Society is one of the most active student groups on campus. The group aims to stay responsive to student interests and tries to facilitate opportunities for students to gain experience in these areas.

AESLS is well-connected with what is going on in these areas of the law.  The group’s advisor, Professor Lewis Kurlantzick, teaches Sports and the Law at the Law School. Pam Bass, AESLS’s co-president, is the Law Student Division liaison to the American Bar Association’s Forum Committee on Entertainment and Sports Industries. Bass said that she endeavors to “keep an ear to the ground for what’s going on nationally and hot topic areas.” The group is also connected to the Sports and Entertainment Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, the current head of which is UConn Law alumnus Donald. P. Tutson, Jr.

AESLS’s fall kick-off event is the annual ESPN Meet & Greet, which gives students the opportunity to network with ESPN attorneys.

“ESPN is one of the most powerful players in the sports and entertainment world, so to afford student the opportunity to interact with [them] is tremendous,” Bass said.  She said that five to eight attorneys are expected to attend, some of whom are UConn Law alumni.

Bass is enthused for this event because not only does it show students what they can do with a UConn Law education, but the attorneys who attend are truly interested in speaking with students.  One anticipated attendee, Allison Cantor, is a 2010 graduate and a past president of AESLS. This year’s ESPN Meet & Greet will be held on October 17th at 5:30pm, in the Starr Reading Room.

In the past, the ESPN event has been held at local bars and restaurants.  Instead, AESLS is planning to recreate a sports bar atmosphere in the Reading Room. AESLS decided to hold this year’s event on the law school campus in order to allow evening students the opportunity to attend.

Other AESLS events this year will include bag lunch discussions, increasing negotiation skills through competitions, and a spring symposium.

Not only is AESLS giving students a great leg-up on opportunities, but they are also making UConn Law part of the national conversation regarding Sports Law issues. Last spring, they hosted a well-attended panel discussion on NFL Concussion Litigation.  This coming spring, AESLS is planning for “a full-day symposium looking at issues that are similar, but also distinct between arts, entertainment, and sports law,” Bass said.

If you are even mildly interested in these areas, involvement in AESLS will provide you with an amazing opportunity to join the legal community.