ALUMNI DINNER 2019
On Thursday, March 21, Brooklyn Entertainment & Sports Law Society (BESLS), Intellectual Property Law Association (IPLA) & Art Law Association (ALA) hosted their annual alumni dinner. The alumni dinner provided students, faculty and alumni with a forum to discuss their experiences and interact with and learn from others with similar interests. Additionally, three alumni, all of which have paved the way for BLS students through their achievements in their respective industries, were recognized.
The alumni highlighted their experiences at BLS that aided them in their success. In particular, the alumni emphasized the importance of creating a network within the BLS community, such as through joining societies such as BESLS, IPLA & ALA and gaining wisdom from both peers and experienced alumni and faculty. Moreover, Kenneth Anand (’02) discussed creating opportunities for yourself; in particular, there was no Head of Business Development & General Counsel at YEEZY Apparel LLC. but Anand helped make this position a reality for himself. Overall, the speakers discussed finding a field or skill you’re passionate about and running with it.
At the dinner, BESLS honored Erica Carter (‘15) for her achievements in the Entertainment Law industry. Erica Carter is Associate Counsel at Sesame Workshop, a non-profit organization responsible for the production of many educational children’s programs, including the production of Sesame Street. Erica spoke candidly about her experiences at Brooklyn Law School as well as her experiences regarding getting her foot in the door into the entertainment law industry.
Additionally, IPLA honored, Kenneth Anand (‘02). While studying at Brooklyn Law School, Mr. Anand co-founded the BLS’s Entertainment Law Society, which has now grown to be the Brooklyn Entertainment & Sports Law Society. Mr. Anand is now Head of Business Development & General Counsel at YEEZY Apparel LLC.
Lastly, ALA honored Joseph Patella (’96). Mr. Patella has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as a “super lawyer” since 2012 and currently represents auction houses, national museums, art collectors and foundations in a wide variety of matters that address issues such as title, restitution, authenticity, copyright, fraud and breach of warranties.
The dinner truly provided current and former BESLS, IPLA & ALA members with an opportunity to better understand the very multidisciplinary as well as interdisciplinary field of law. This one-on-one networking event also gave current students the opportunity to talk to seasoned professionals, getting an idea for how they garnered such success in their field. From representing Kanye West to defending auction houses, this event showed us all just how far reaching the field of law and the legal profession can be.