Nominate the women that have inspired you!

What is this event about?

The Brooklyn Entertainment & Sports Law Society invites you to submit nomination(s) for our evening Honoring Women in Entertainment. BESLS will honor prominent women attorneys, agents, producers, law professors, and law students at the top of their field who serve as role models for the next generation of legal and industry professionals to follow in their footsteps.

Can you nominate yourself?

At this time, we are not accepting self-nominations.

However, there are no limitations on requesting to be nominated by someone who knows your work!

Are there any eligibility requirements for nominees?

The only eligibility requirement is that your nominee self-identifies as a woman and that she be involved in some professional capacity in the world of entertainment. We are seeking to honor a diverse group of women; your nominee may only have been practicing a short while, or she might have been engaged in her line of work for decades. We are interested in significant contributions to the field and how mentoring skills have had and will have an effect on future leaders in the industry. BESLS does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion,  sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability, and marital status.

Why are we putting on this event?

According to the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), "Equity partners in multi-tier law firms continue to be disproportionately white men". In 2015, "only 17.4% of equity partners were women." In this same vein, the American Bar Association (ABA) reports that as of 2016 "the typical female equity partner in the 200 largest firms earns 80% of the compensation earned by the typical male partner." However, the ABA also reports that an average of 52.7% percent of law school graduates in 2015 self-identified as women and this statistic tells us that women are attempting to enter the profession at a greater rate than their male counterparts, but not being likewise recognized with regard to positions of leadership or pay.  The entertainment industry is no different and is arguably more male-dominated than the legal world as a whole.  According to a new Hollywood Diversity Report, "men are hired to direct movies 90 percent of the time." Even more staggering, the report also confirms that "those holding executive positions at TV studios are...71 percent male, and the executives at film studios are...100 percent male." In light of the overwhelming statistics demonstrating the challenges that women professionals face on a daily basis, our Executive Board is presenting this event to recognize and celebrate extraordinary achievement and contributions by women in all areas of the entertainment industry. BESLS believes that women have been largely under-served and under-recognized and our organization plans to make this our capstone event at Brooklyn Law School each fall.

When, where, and how will the event take place?

After a brief welcome reception, awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • In-House Counsel of the Year
    • This award celebrates the intricate dedication and specialized work of general counsel, in-house counsel or members of an in-house counsel team.
  • Entertainment & Sports Innovator of the Year
    • This award honors a ground-breaking professional who has served as a trailblazer in emerging areas of entertainment and sports.
  • Entertainment & Sports Mentor of the Year
    • This award celebrates a leader in their field whose nominator has demonstrated that she has had a significant and lasting impact on their career path and continually embraces young professionals to guide them on their journey.
  • Entertainment & Sports Law Student of the Year
    • This award recognizes a law student who has demonstrated her commitment to pursuing entertainment & sports law and has already taken concrete steps to excel in their chosen field.
  • Entertainment & Sports Law Professor of the Year
    • This award honors a professor of law who is leading the way in legal education in the field of entertainment and sports law and demonstrates exceptional stewardship of her students.
  • Rising Star Award
    • This award celebrates a recent law school graduate and early career professional who is already making an impact in fashion, film & tv, music, sports, or any combination thereof.
  • Distinguished Achievement Award
    • This award category honors a mid-career professional who has been making momentous strides and big waves in fashion, film & tv, music, sports, or any combination thereof.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
    • This award celebrates an unstoppable woman who has devoted her entire career to entertainment and who has made noteworthy and considerable contributions to her field.

The award ceremony will be followed by a round-table meet and greet with each of our honorees. Refreshments and light fare will be served in the Subotnick Center, 10th Floor of Brooklyn Law School at 7:00PM on Tuesday, November 15, 2016.

If you have any questions or issues with the nomination form, please email lauren.davis@brooklaw.edu.

The deadline to submit your nomination(s) is Tuesday, November 1 at 5:00PM.


Information About You
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Do you live/work in the NYC metro area? If not, do you believe you would be present in NYC on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 7PM?
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Information About Your Nominee
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Please write a paragraph or two describing why you feel your nominee should be recognized for her achievements. Specific anecdotes about how this person served as a mentor to you and/or statement of contributions to the field are encouraged.
Any Press Articles about your nominee or Other Awards Received that we should be aware of? Please provide relevant links or feel free to email PDFs or other documents to lauren.davis@brooklaw.edu
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