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Matal v. Tam: The First Amendment and Football CLE (EYL170926)
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When: Tuesday, September 26, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Where: CBA Law Center
30 Bank Street
New Britain, Connecticut  06051
United States
Contact: Member Service Center

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Presented by the Young Lawyers Section

Seminar Code: EYL170926

CLE Credit
CT: 2.0 CLE Credits
NY: 2.0 CLE Credits (AOP)

About the Program
The recent United States Supreme Court decision in Matal v. Tam held the prohibition in Section 2(a) of the Lanham (Trademark) Act on registration of trademarks that are disparaging of ethnic, racial, or social groups to be unconstitutional on First Amendment grounds. Implications of the decision from both trademark registration and First Amendment perspectives will be discussed. Learn what trademarks may now be registered, what avenues there are to encourage sports teams into altering their nicknames and logos to the extent they offend particular groups, and what the First Amendment implications are for government actions dealing with private speech.

You Will Learn

  • About Section 2(a) as it was previously applied and what types of trademarks are now able to be registered on the official register
  • What types of government approval constitute government speech and what do not
  • About movements outside of the trademark registration context (via contract with a conference or sports governing organization or through public pressure) that seek to encourage professional clubs, universities, and high schools to change their sports nicknames (e.g., NCAA rules on the subject)       

Who Should Attend
Practitioners interested in sports law, intellectual property, or First Amendment scholarship.


 Daniel R. Cooper
Cooper & Kurz

Alison Caless
Cantor Colburn LLP
  Frank J. Duffin
Wiggin and Dana
New Haven

Cost: Includes a light dinner and parking in the public garage at 35 Bank Street
           Member $75
           Non-Member $150
           Student Member $25

Materials for this seminar will be e-mailed to registrants prior to the seminar for download. No paper copies will be prepared. Please note that refunds will not be granted once course materials have been received.

The Connecticut Bar Association/CT Bar Institute is an accredited provider of New York State CLE. This program qualifies for transitional and non-transitional credits. Financial hardship information available upon request.



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