Osgoode Entertainment & Sports Law Association’s 18th Annual Conference


Metro Toronto Convention Centre,  Friday, March 4, 2016
Eric Macramalla, Trevor Whiffen, Doug Maclean & Sander Shalinsky among headliners

TORONTO, February 29, 2016 - Many of the biggest names in sports law and entertainment law in Canada will be part of the Osgoode Entertainment & Sports Law Association’s 18th Annual Conference on Friday, March 4, 2016 starting at 9 a.m. at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in downtown Toronto.|

The conference, which is presented by Cassels Brock, will address player negotiations, ethics in sport governance, and talent management in the music industry. It will consist of six unique panels and feature the theme of “informing and inspiring sport and entertainment lawyers of today and tomorrow.”

TSN Legal Analyst Eric Macramalla, one of Canada’s most respected voices on the legal aspects of sport, will be among the high-profile speakers. In addition to being a partner at Gowlings in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, Macramalla as TSN’s Legal Analyst hosts the radio show, Offside: The Business & Law of Sports. Macramalla is also regularly called upon to provide legal commentary for other television, radio and print media outlets such as CTV, CBS and NBC, and is one of the best Twitter follows for trending topics in sports.

Macramalla will be speaking on a panel titled “Legal Issues and Ethics in Sport Governance,” where he and fellow panellist David Goldstein of Cassels Brock will engage many of the high-profile legal issues that have arisen in sport over the last year including concussion litigation, commissioner discipline and ‘deflategate’ proceedings.

The entertainment side is headlined by Sander Shalinsky, Founder and Managing Partner of Shalinsky & Company. Shalinsky has been one of Canada's pre-eminent entertainment lawyers for almost two decades, having counselled hundreds of artists and record labels as well as internationally renowned producers and songwriters. Currently, his client list is topped by recent Grammy winner, The Weeknd, and also features Serena Ryder, Finger Eleven, Danny Fernandes and Mia Martina.

The Law Society of Upper Canada has accredited the conference for 1.2 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Hours. Other speakers to be featured include Trevor Whiffen, a partner at Dickinson Wright LLP and governor of the London Knights; Kelly Jenkins, Senior Director, Business Affairs at Temple Street Productions; Doug Maclean, sports media personality and former National Hockey League President and General Manager; Doug Murray, a partner at Taylor Klein Oballa LLP; Adam Larry, Director, Licensing & Associate Counsel at the National Hockey League Players’ Association; Tara Parker, a partner at Goodmans LLP; and Matthew Shuber, Vice President, Business Affairs & Legal Counsel at Toronto Blue Jays.

Tickets can be purchased online at: www.oesla.ca

About Cassels Brock
Cassels Brock is a Canadian law firm of more than 200 lawyers based in Toronto and Vancouver, focused on serving the transaction, advocacy and advisory needs of the country’s most dynamic business sectors. Cassels Brock’s sports law practice was ranked as the #1 Sports Law practice by Best Lawyers in Canada for 2009 and 2010. The entertainment law group is also one of the most well-established of its kind in Canada, and represents some of Canada’s best known performers.

About the Osgoode Entertainment & Sports Law Association
The Osgoode Entertainment & Sports Law Association provides students with the opportunity to integrate interests in music, motion pictures, television, sports, broadcasting, publishing, and other creative industries, with their legal studies.

About York University
York University is known for championing new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Our 52,000 students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Meaningful and sometimes unexpected careers result from cross-discipline programming, innovative course design and diverse experiential learning opportunities. York students and graduates push limits, achieve goals and find solutions to the world’s most pressing social challenges, empowered by a strong community that opens minds. York U is an internationally recognized research university – our 11 faculties and 24 research centres have partnerships with 200+ leading universities worldwide.

Media Contact:
Virginia Corner, Communications Manager, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, 416-736-5820 or vcorner@osgoode.yorku.ca