The New York State Bar Association’s Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section welcomes Section members and visitors. EASL Section’s more than 1,700 members represent varied interests, including some of the sexiest issues grabbing headlines being debated in Congress and being heard by the courts. The EASL Section provides substantive case law, forums for discussion and debate and information-sharing in the EASL e-community.

The section has a large, active and diverse membership, with lawyers occupying every corner of the entertainment, art and sports law fields, at every level, from law students and first-year attorneys to senior partners at leading national and international firms and senior legal and business affairs executives at multinational media corporations. While the majority of our members are located in New York City and around the state, we also have members in 28 other states and 20 countries, notably in Canada, China, most European countries and the UK, Japan, Korea and throughout the Pacific Rim.

The section is comprised of 28 committees, chaired by the members of the Executive Committee—all leading entertainment, art and sports law practitioners—and each committee hosts frequent, outstanding, and frequently oversubscribed CLE programs.


Meet the Chair

Barry Werbin is Chair of the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section (EASL) of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA).

Barry heads up Herrick, Feinstein LLP’s intellectual property and technology practices, and  concentrates his litigation and transactional practice in trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, unfair competition, false advertising, publicity and privacy rights, trade secrets, domain name issues, digital rights protection, content and data licensing, Internet and e-commerce issues, marketing and publishing agreements, IP due diligence, software licensing and development, IT support agreements, website development and hosting, and data security breaches.

Barry has been Co-Chair of  the NYSBA EASL Section’s Publicity, Privacy and Media Committee, and a long-time member of the EASL Executive Committee.  Barry was Chair of the Copyright & Literary Property Committee of the New York City Bar Association (2010-2013) and was Co-Chair of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A, New York Chapter (Sept. 2017- Aug. 2019). He is currently a member of the INTA’s Commercialization of Brands Committee.  Barry is also Co-Chair of Fordham Law School’s Intellectual Property Alumni Affinity Group and is a member of the Fordham Art Law Society Advisory Board.  Barry lectures on copyright law and software at St. John’s Law School and Brooklyn Law School.

Contact the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section Liaison

To learn more about this Section, please contact Dana Alamia
(518) 487-5607

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EASL Journal

Diverse opinions contribute to the vitality of the law, and for every topic there are many issues to be addressed. The Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal is a forum for ideas and a repository for legal analyses and theories. The EASL Journal presents topics that EASL attorneys address on a daily basis, and provides comprehensive overviews of both large issues that affect a majority of the EASL Section membership and analyses of more specific issues that affect only a few. In addition to contributions from practicing attorneys, the EASL Journal accepts articles from laypersons involved with issues that affect many in the EASL fields. Edited by Elissa D. Hecker, Esq., the EASL Journal is published three times a year by the Entertainment, Art and Sports Law Section and distributed to Section members free of charge.

The EASL Journal is published as a benefit for members of the Entertainment, Art and Sports Law Section and is copyrighted by the New York State Bar Association. The copying, reselling, duplication, transferring, reproducing, reusing, retaining or reprinting of this publication is strictly prohibited without permission.
© New York State Bar Association. All rights reserved. ISSN 1090-8730 (print) ISSN 1933-8546 (online)

The Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal encourages article submissions on topics of interest to members of the Section. Writing an article for a NYSBA Section publication is a great way to get your name out in the legal community and advertise your knowledge. Our authors are respected state-wide for their legal expertise in such areas as copyright law, protection and infringement; orphan works; music publishing; estate planning for art collectors; and celebrity contracts.

MCLE credit may also be earned for legal-based writing directed to an attorney audience upon application to the CLE Board. NYSBA Guidelines for Obtaining MCLE Credit for Writing as well as a Publication Credit Application are available.

If you have written an article and would like to have it considered for publication in the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal, please send it in electronic document format (pdfs are NOT acceptable), along with biographical information to its Editor:

Elissa D. Hecker, Esq.



Law students, take note of this publishing and scholarship opportunity: The Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (EASL) has established the Phil Cowan Memorial Scholarship!  Created in memory of Cowan, an esteemed entertainment lawyer and a former Chair of EASL, the Phil Cowan Memorial Scholarship fund offers up to two awards of $2,500 each on an annual basis in Phil Cowan’s memory to a law student who is committed to a practice concentrating in one or more areas of entertainment, art or sports law.

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