The mission of the Young Entertainment Lawyers Committee (“Committee”) is to provide law students and lawyers of all levels interested in pursuing a career in entertainment law with an opportunity to network with and learn from attorneys practicing in various industries of entertainment law. Our Committee strives to achieve this goal by offering its members with both entertaining and educational events that encourage candid communications and foster professional networking.

The Committee generally operates under the “it’s all about who you know” motto and structures its events accordingly. Therefore even though certain events are structured as panel discussions and lectures, the Committee is sensitive to the limitations presented by such forums, which are often perceived as a too “stuffy” or “intimidating” by the Committee’s largely junior member constituents. Alternatively, events which are centered around a theme or collaborative activity are favored by Committee members and are generally more effective at fostering mentorships and partnerships.

Our most recent event was an exclusive guided tour of the Whitney Museum of Modern American Art’s Biennial exhibit which was enjoyed by a sold-out crowd. Another notable event was entitled “Speed-Networking” which allowed junior attorneys and law students to interact with guest attorneys in the film, TV, fine art and theatrical fields. The guest attorneys fielded questions from the attendees during one-on-one sessions and shared their personal success stories. The individual sessions were followed by an informal cocktail hour, which provided all participants with an opportunity to socialize in a friendly atmosphere. The positive feedback from Committee members after this event greatly exceeded our expectations. We look forward to continuing to serve our growing, and increasingly enthusiastic, member base by offering similar events in the year ahead.

For more information, questions or event suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact committee chair, Christine Lauture, Esq.

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