» 2018 Entertainment & Sports Law Symposium

March 30, 2018
10 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Kennedy Hall

General admission: $20
Chapman alumni and students from other universities may contact LawEvents@Chapman.edu for discounted tickets.
Chapman students receive complementary admission.

Chapman University is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider and certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 3 units of general MCLE credit (see more information below).

Symposium Schedule 


Welcome (10 a.m.)

  • Matt Parlow, Dean of the Fowler School of Law

Panel 1: New Frontier: Successful Integration of Virtual Reality in the Sport Industry (10:15 - 11:45 a.m.) 

More than ever, teams and leagues are relying upon virtual reality to promote their products, expand the fan experience and improve player performance. What trends exist in this area and what is the limit to how virtual reality can be used in the sport industry? What legal and ethical issues must be considered in sport organizations’ utilization of virtual reality to drive sales, fan engagement and player performance? This panel will evaluate current industry uses of virtual reality and the law applicable to virtual reality use in sport to propose standards of best practice for the industry to adopt moving forward.

Moderator: Professor Kathy Heller, Fowler School of Law 

  • Dr. Michael Casale, Chief Science Officer, STRIVR
  • Kristy Gale, Founder and CEO, Hypergolic LLC
  • Andrew Hale, Senior Counsel, NextVR
  • Jonathan Lowe, Senior Vice President of Business Development and Brand Strategy, AEG Sports
  • Rob Zuer, Vice President of Ticket Sales and Service, Denver Nuggets 

1.5 MCLE Credits


Keynote Luncheon (12-1:15 p.m.)

  • Rob Pelinka, General Manager of the Los Angeles Lakers

Panel 2: Representing the Professional Athlete (1:30-3 p.m.)

What qualities, education and professional background do professional athletes desire in the agents and individuals who represent them? What are the needs of athletes at the various stages of their careers? How do professional athletes expect their hired representatives to manage those needs? The purpose of this panel is to understand the mindset of a professional athlete in hiring and maintaining agents and other representatives so that these professionals can be better prepared to successfully recruit and zealously represent clients.   

Moderator: Alicia Jessop, Esq.

  • Derek Anderson, NCAA Men's Basketball National Champion and Retired NBA Champion
  • Gregory Camarillo, Retired NFL Wide Receiver and Coordinator of Student-Athlete Development at USD
  • Festus Ezeli, NBA Champion
  • Jermaine Grace, Linebacker, Indianapolis Colts
  • Adam Kennedy, Retired MLB World Series Champion
  • Geoff Schwartz, Retired NFL Offensive Guard

Panel 3: Student-Athlete Welfare 2.0: What's Next in Protecting NCAA Athletes? (3:15 - 4:45 p.m.)

Since the early 2000s, the NCAA has faced a litany of legislation challenging its model of amateurism and aimed at creating greater protections both on and off of the playing field for NCAA athletes. What is the status of pending litigation and how do the experts see cases being decided? In the wake of the 9th Circuit’s decision in O’Bannon v. NCAA and the NLRB’s decision in the Northwestern University football team’s unionization attempt, what other legal avenues exist to best protect NCAA athletes’ rights? This panel will discuss the landscape of NCAA-related litigation, while also presenting both legal and non-legal mechanisms that can be utilized to promote NCAA athletes’ welfare.

Moderator: Dean Matt Parlow, Fowler School of Law

  • Ramogi Huma, Executive Director, National College Players Association
  • Melissa Maxman, Partner, Cohen & Gresser LLP
  • Ed O'Bannon, NCAA Men's Basketball National Champion and retired NBA player
  • Amy P. Perko, CEO, Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Jason Setchen, Sport Attorney, Jason A. Setchen, P.A.

1.5 MCLE Credits


Book signing by Ed O’Bannon and reception to follow

Keynote Speaker

+ - Rob Pelinka

More info coming soon!

Keynote Speaker

Rob Pelinka

General Manager 
Los Angeles Lakers