Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

October 10, 2006
Senior VP and General Counsel of William Morris Agency in "Conversation" at Southwestern

David J. Kekst, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the William Morris Agency, one of the world's largest and most famous talent organizations, which represents the biggest names in film, television, theater, music, sports and books, will be the next guest in the latest installment of the law school's "A Conversation With..." series, presented by Southwestern's Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute. Southwestern alumnus Robert Jacobs '92, a partner with Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP in New York, will conduct the discussion titled, "The Business of the Business" on Thursday, November 2 at 7 p.m. at Southwestern Law School.

Early in his career, Mr. Kekst worked closely with notable trial attorney Stanley S. Arkin at Arkin Schaffer & Kaplan LLP (now Arkin Kaplan Rice LLP), a firm that principally practiced in the areas of white-collar criminal defense, complex business litigation, corporate legal compliance, and employment law.  Mr. Kekst moved to Los Angeles in 1997 and joined the William Morris Agency as a member of the company's management team. He earned a B.A. in 1990 from the University of Pennsylvania in Political Science and completed his J.D. at Yeshiva University's Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City where he served as Executive Editor of the New Europe Law Review.

"David Kekst is an influential force in the entertainment business and we're lucky to have him speak at the school," Mr. Jacobs said.

The "Conversation With..." series features prominent publishers, television and film producers, and senior counsel for entertainment and media enterprises, as well as public officials involved with the entertainment and media industries. The dialogue format allows the special guest to explore, with students and members of the legal profession, contemporary and sometimes controversial issues confronting the entertainment industry and the media.

The free event will be held in the law school's Bullocks Wilshire Building at 3050 Wilshire Boulevard. Reservations are requested and can be made through the Institute Office. Campus parking is available for $6.