Stan Soocher, associate professor of Music & Entertainment Industry Studies in the College of Arts & Media, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Texas Bar Association Entertainment Law Institute’s Texas Star Award.

This prestigious award is given to an individual who has made a major and noteworthy contribution to the practice of entertainment law. The Texas Star Award ceremony will take place during the Entertainment Law Institute’s annual conference in Dallas in November.

During the 2014 conference, Soocher also will present two speeches: “Magical Mystery Law — A Look at Key Moments in the Beatles’ Litigation History” and his “Annual Roundup of Entertainment Law Court Rulings.”

Soocher has served as editor-in-chief of the monthly trade publication Entertainment Law & Finance since its start in 1985.

In addition, he has a background as an entertainment attorney and authored the investigative book They Fought the Law: Rock Music Goes to Court. In 2011, a Chinese translation edition of the book was published by Law Press China.

Four of Soocher’s music law articles, including those published in Rolling Stone and The National Law Journal, were recognized with ASCAP’s Deems Taylor Award for “Excellence in Music Journalism.” From 1983-2000, Soocher covered the federal appeals courts in a weekly section for The National Law Journal. He is currently at work on a book about Beatles legal issues.

For more than 25 years, Soocher has been a speaker and panel participant on entertainment law and related industry issues at a variety of Bar Association and entertainment industry events, including, among many others: the Texas Bar Association’s Entertainment and Sports Law Section, Harvard Law School, the New York State Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar, the Nashville Bar Association, American Bar Association, D.C. Bar, Copyright Society of the South, SXSW Music Conference, and Colorado Bar Association.

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