February 15, 2017 | By Alexa Brown —Pepperdine Law 2L Andrew Smith attended the 2017 Grammy Awards as part of his prize as a finalist in the Entertainment Law Initiative (ELI) competition for his submitted paper, “Festival State of Safety: Amending the IDAPA and Preventing Future Drug-Related Deaths at Electronic Music Festivals.”
“It was an amazing opportunity to be able to be a part of all the events that took place during GRAMMY weekend,” Smith said. “I heard about the writing competition through a lunchtime event sponsored by The Palmer Center and our SELS group, and became enthusiastic about the opportunity. I owe much of my accomplishment to my wonderful professors who have helped me develop my legal writing skills and knowledge of the entertainment industry.”
As a finalist, Smith received $1500, one GRAMMY Awards ticket, one ticket to the Entertainment Law Initiative Luncheon, one ticket to MusiCares® Person of the Year dinner, and invites to other GRAMMY related events.
Pepperdine and Entertainment & Media:
The Recording Academy, in concert with some of the nation’s most prominent entertainment attorneys, established the Entertainment Law Initiative to promote discussion and debate about the most compelling legal issues facing the music industry today. The Entertainment Law Initiative Luncheon & Scholarship Presentation is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week, a celebration that culminates with the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Established in 1998 to recognize and further the connection between the legal profession and the recording community, the ELI program seeks to address legal issues confronting the music industry. ELI also endeavors to support future careers in entertainment law by seeking out the nation’s top law students and giving them invaluable networking and educational opportunities.
The official press release can be found here.