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Entertainment & Sports Section

The 2015/2016 CBA Section Co-Chairs:

Stephen T. Erwin (
Dave Ratner (
Leigh Augustine (

CBA Staff Liaison: Rebecca Spence

The Entertainment and Sports Section provides a forum for discussion and education on the wide variety of issues related to the practice of entertainment and sports law in Colorado. The Section offers resources to members representing parties in the athletic and creative arts industries, whether in private practice, as in-house counsel, or in a policy-making role. We also aim to expand the practice of entertainment and sports law and foster the growth of the creative arts and athletic industries in Colorado.


Our section hosts monthly CLE luncheons featuring informative presentations by industry practitioners from around the country. These events touch upon timely topics of interest and issues of relevance to entertainment and sports attorneys. Our meetings are hosted in a roundtable format and often include interesting discussions and lively Q&A. We encourage practitioners from all areas of the law to participate - many of our attendees are not traditional "sports and entertainment lawyers" but have an interest in the particular topic or in learning more about the practice.





Upcoming Events:

The Entertainment & Sports Section is pleased to continue its 1-hour lunch CLE program in 2014. The luncheons feature informative presentations by industry practitioners that touch upon timely topics of interest, and typically include Q&A style discussions of issues of relevance to entertainment and sports attorneys.  

Upcoming CLE Luncheons - - Mark your calendars!!!

Thursday June 12, 2014
"Under the Bridge: The Anatomy of Copyright Trolling Lawsuits"
Speaker: Christina E. Saunders

The copyright “troll” label first appeared around 2010, when so-called copyright trolls emerged to enforce copyrights in what has been described as a “litigation-centric business model,” whereby plaintiffs pursue claims of copyright infringement in manners considered unduly aggressive or opportunistic, and generally without either producing or legitimately licensing the work it owns for paid distribution. This CLE lunch program will provide a discussion of the history of copyright trolling lawsuits, along with the present procedural, substantive and ethical issues of copyright trolling lawsuits involving online piracy via BitTorrent peer-to-peer file sharing technology.

Christina Saunders is an attorney at Sparkman Foote Minor LLP, where her practice areas include intellectual property, business and corporate law, with special emphasis on startup companies, entertainment, and the arts. Ms. Saunders has worked significantly defending against copyright trolling lawsuits in Colorado, where she has represented over a hundred individuals and businesses faced with copyright lawsuits involving the download of online content on BitTorrent. Ms. Saunders was named amongst ColoradoBiz Magazine’s top 25 Young Professionals in Colorado for 2011, and was selected as a Colorado Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2014. Ms. Saunders holds a J.D. from the University of Utah, and a B.A. from Bates College.


Thursday October 9, 2014
"Rock 'n' Roll Law"
Speaker: Jim Jesse

Details to follow....


All luncheons take place in the Colorado Bar Association Executive Conference Room at 1900 Grant St., Suite 900, Denver, CO 80203 from Noon to 1:15 P.M.  Cost (including lunch) is $15 for Section Members, $20 for non-Section Members, $30 for Non-CBA Members and $10 for Students (free without lunch). 

RSVP by calling (303) 860-1115 ext. 727 or by emailing before Noon on the business day preceding the scheduled luncheon date.  Cancellations of less than twenty-four (24) hours and no-shows will be billed for the cost of the program. Checks may be sent to the CBA, 1900 Grant St., Suite 900, Denver, CO 80203. Checks should be made payable to the Colorado Bar Association, and should indicate the attendee’s name as well as the name of the program to be attended. 

Watch for announcements and details regarding upcoming CLE luncheon events in your Inbox.

And make sure to keep your contact information current w/ the CBA! 


The Entertainment & Sports Section is planning a ½ day CLE program to take place in the spring of 2015. The faculty will be well-represented by diverse practitioners and speakers from around the country. More details to follow...