Entertainment Law Initiative

Breakfast With ELI 2014
Join us for the 2014 Breakfast With ELI on October 22 in New York with a keynote presentation by Maria Pallante, Register of Copyrights of the United States and Director of the U.S. Copyright Office.

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The GRAMMY Foundation, in concert with some of the nation's most prominent entertainment attorneys, has established the Entertainment Law Initiative to promote discussion and debate about the most compelling legal issues facing the music industry today. ELI also endeavors to support future careers in entertainment law by seeking out the nation's top law students and giving them invaluable networking and educational opportunities.

Three major components comprise ELI: an annual breakfast program in New York City called "Breakfast with ELI," a national writing competition for law students, and a high-profile luncheon during GRAMMY Week.

ELI Executive Committee Members

Ron Wilcox
ELI Executive Committee Chair

Ken Abdo

Jay Cooper

Sandy Crawshaw-Sparks

John Frankenheimer

Susan Genco

Jeff Harleston

Robin Mitchell Joyce

Joel Katz


Michael Kushner

Chuck Ortner

Don Passman

Michael Reinert

Henry Root

Bobby Rosenbloum

Nancy Taylor

ELI Service Award Recipients

  • 2006 – Al Schlesinger
  • 2007 – Paul Marshall
  • 2008 – David Braun
  • 2009 – Jay Cooper
  • 2010 – Joel Katz
  • 2011 – John Frankenheimer
  • 2012 – John Branca
  • 2013 – Chuck Ortner
  • 2014 – Don Passman

2014 Entertainment Law Initiative Scholarship Recipients

Matt Borden

(ELI Competition Winner)
Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
The Day The Music Died: Digital Inheritance And The Music Industry

Mihajlo Babovic

William Mitchell College of Law
Last Call At The Oasis: Modifying The Noninteractive Webcast Royalty System To Support Sustainability

Sam Guthrie

University of Virginia School of Law
Lyrical Restraint: Lyrics Sites And Copyright Infringement

Eric Lauritsen

Duke Law School
Richard Cheese, Seu Jorge, and the Scope of Permissible Changes Under Section 115 Licenses

James H. Richardson

UCLA School of Law
Create A Compulsory License Scheme for On-Demand Digital Media Platforms

See past winners »

For information about the ELI Writing Competition or seating at the ELI Luncheon contact loren.fishbein@grammy.com.

For information about upcoming events, visit the Entertainment Law Initiative Facebook page.

ELI is co-sponsored by the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries.