Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association

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Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association
Abbreviation BESLA
Formation 1980[1]
Purpose/focus "BESLA is an international organization of lawyers and other entertainment and sports industry executives that supports a more diversified, expert and informed group of entertainment and sports industry professionals."[1]
Headquarters Fort Washington, Maryland[1]
Membership >600[1]
Chairman of the Board Edward L. Woods, Esq.[1]
Website http://www.besla.org/

The Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association, usually abbreviated as BESLA, is a professional organization of attorneys along with sports and entertainment executives of color to provide continuing education and other support services to its members.

Organization[edit]

BESLA's headquarters is in Fort Washington, Maryland. Edward L. Woods, serves as Chairman of the Board and Tamela R. Cash-Curry serves as President.[1]

History[edit]

In 1980, during the first annual Black Music Association Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a group of prominent African-American attorneys determined that there was a need for a support organization to help individuals survive in a competitive marketplace. This led to the development of the Black Entertainment Lawyers Association (BELA), later that year. One of the founding members was the late David McCoy Franklin, a pioneering African-American entertainment attorney who had represented such talents as Donny Hathaway, Louis Gossett, Jr. and Richard Pryor. He would serve as the first Chairman of the organization. As African-Americans began to make in-roads into sports representation, the name of the organization was changed to the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA) in 1986.[1]

Today, the organization boasts over six hundred members, which include individuals who hold posts at major corporations and representatives of name talent.[1]

Each year, BESLA holds a major conference on entertainment and sports representation.[2]

Most recently, the 29th Annual BESLA Conference was held in Palm Beach, Aruba from October 21–25, 2009. Filmmaker Reginald Hudlin served as the closing speaker of the conference.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "BESLA's history and mission". United States: BESLA. Retrieved 2009-11-18. 
  2. ^ Stoute, Tasha (2009-08-26). "BESLA ANNOUNCES 29th ANNUAL CONFERENCE FOCUSING ON "DISRUPTERS' FOR CHANGE". BlackPlanet.com. Retrieved 2009-12-12. 
  3. ^ "TJSL Attends BELSA {sic} in Aruba". San Diego, California: Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Retrieved 2009-12-12. [dead link]

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