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Professor Fischer and Recent Alum Author Special Report for Newseum



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Catholic University law school Professor Susanna Fischer and Seth Williams, a 2014 LL.M. graduate of the Columbus School of Law, are the co-authors of new case analysis posted on Sept. 24 by the Newseum Institute to its web site.

“The Implications of Talent Agent Licensing” is a lengthy examination of First Amendment and other legal issues raise by National Conference of Personal Managers v. Brown, a 2012 lawsuit from California that challenges the constitutionality of California’s licensing statute for talent agents. Under state law, talent agents who obtain employment for artists and performers in the entertainment industry must have a state-issued license, but the law does not apply to personal managers or others who in support capacities in the entertainment industry. 

According to the Fischer/Williams report,
“The profession of personal management will be affected by a determination of whether personal managers are subject to the Talent Agencies Act’s licensing scheme. This will also likely impact other entertainment industry professionals who may obtain employment for artists, such as attorneys… A decision in favor of personal managers in National Conference of Personal Managers v. Brown may also lead to constitutional challenges to other professional licensing regimes such as those for attorneys or accountants.”

The Newseum describes the recent posting as “Another in a series of reports on First Amendment legal issues produced in cooperation with the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America as part of an ongoing cooperative project.”