GEMALaw Symposium Spotlights Alumni

February 19, 2013 — “What law school did for me was give me options — options in the way to think, options in the way to live, options on the way to organize thoughts,” said Andrew Brandt (L’85), this year’s winner of the Georgetown Entertainment and Media Law Alliance’s Alumni Achievement Award.

After receiving the award from GEMALaw’s co-president Rob Seiden (L’13) at the organization’s annual symposium on February 8, Brandt told the audience how he rose from a law student interning for the sports management firm ProServe in the 1980s to the vice president of the Green Bay Packers and now the NFL business analyst for ESPN. 

The ceremony followed panels on media rights in professional sports, the current state of independent and studio filmmaking, and legal issues in television production. Law alumni participants included Raquel Braun (L’10), David Donovan (L’84), Cooper Jackson (L’94), Gillian Caldwell (L’92), Alonzo Barber (L’06) and Nicole Bernard (L’90).

Braun, who founded the law version of the Georgetown Entertainment and Media Alliance while a student at the Law Center, announced the formation of an inaugural GEMALaw Advisory Board consisting of 20 alumni around the country. Members will include Braun of Fox Cable Networks, Bernard of the Fox Group, Steve Dormer (L’98) of Universal Pictures, Alec Scheiner (F’92, L’97) of the Cleveland Browns, Erin Dozier (L’98) of the National Association of Broadcasters, Sam Feist (L’99) of CNN, Eric Woolworth (C’87, L’91) of the Miami Heat and Hilary Lane (L’89) of NBC. 

“They are prominent people who have been in this industry for a while,” Braun said. “They have made their way in and now they are ready to give back.”