Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Using Drones in the News and Entertainment Industries: The Legal and Regulatory Issues

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The Biederman Institute

Using Drones in the News and Entertainment Industries: The Legal and Regulatory Issues

Friday, February 7, 2014
Southwestern Campus

9:00 a.m. - 4:40 p.m.
Reception to follow

Registration Details | Schedule
Brochure (PDF)

Silver Sponsor: Holland & Knight
Also sponsored by: Wolk & Levine LLP and Metanomy

This groundbreaking event will focus on the legal and regulatory themes involved in the use of commercial drones (technically, remotely piloted aircraft systems or RPAS) for the purposes of news-gathering, media, advertising, and entertainment production.

Internationally recognized speakers and panelists from the legal, governmental, technical and media/entertainment industries will discuss a variety of topics, including first amendment/free speech concerns; the application of aviation regulation and law to media activity; dedicated spectrum allocation; flight training regulation and licensing; liability and insurance; privacy; and cross-border use issues.

The conference will address the issues and formulate recommendations for policy and best practices regarding RPAS  as a contribution to future policy/law debates.

Program/Speakers and Moderators

Click here for a copy of the brochure with complete schedule and confirmed speakers and moderators.


There are a limited number of sponsorship opportunities available for law firms, entertainment/media companies, and technology and service providers in the growing RPAS field. Click here for a list of available sponsorship opportunities.


  • $165 - Before January 7, 2014
  • $175 - After January 7, 2014
  • $65 - Government, Public Interest and Non-Southwestern Students
  • Free - Southwestern students
    (Space is limited; RSVP required)
  • No refunds after January 7, 2014

Online Registration click here
Printable Registration Form

Return printed registration forms (with payment) to:


Drone Law Conference
Biederman Institute | Southwestern Law School
3050 Wilshire Boulevard | Los Angeles, CA 90010
Fax: (213) 738-6614 (Attn: Biederman Institute)

CLE Credit

This conference offers 5.5 hours of CLE credit. Southwestern is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.


Click here for map and directions to Southwestern. Parking is available on campus for $9.


Contact the Biederman Institute.


8:30 -
9:00 a.m.

Registration and Check-in

9:00 -
9:10 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

9:10 -
9:30 a.m.

Overview of Current Drone Usage

9:30 -
10:50 a.m.

Panel #1 - The First Amendment and RPAS

10:50 -
11:10 p.m.

Coffee Break

11:10 -
12:30 p.m.

Panel #2 - Sharing the Airspace; the Current Status and the Future of FAA regulations of RPAS

12:30 -
2:00 p.m.



Keynote Speaker

2:00 -
3:40 p.m.

Industry Issues

A. Insurance
B. Frequency Spectrum Allocation
C. Responsibility/Liability
D. Certification/Airworthiness

3:40 -
4:00 p.m.

Coffee Break

4:00 -
4:50 p.m.

Panel #3 - Legislative Activities at the Local, State, Federal and International Levels

4:50 -
5:00 p.m.

Closing Comments

5:00 -
6:00 p.m.

Reception/Drone Display