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The Young-Gun Lawyers of Porn

Looking for a recession-proof area of practice? If so, perhaps X marks the spot. The business of porn grinds on even in lean times, and its purveyors need lawyers just as do any businesses. Adult-entertainment law is not just about obscenity and free speech, but also about zoning, labor law, record-keeping and who knows what else.

Thus, it should come as no surprise that the four-day Adult Entertainment Expo that wrapped up yesterday in Las Vegas included a program on adult-entertainment law. The Friday legal program was billed as featuring the "Young Guns" of adult-entertainment law, "the next generation of legal superstars in the adult industry." The three porn-law sharpshooters featured on the panel were Jennifer Kinsley, a member of Sirkin, Pinales & Schwartz in Cincinnati, Ohio; Marc John Randazza, a partner with Weston, Garrou, Walters & Mooney in Altamonte Springs, Fla. (and author of the blawg The Legal Satyricon); and Cary S. Wiggins, a partner with Cook, Youngelson & Wiggins in Atlanta.

As out-of-place as lawyers might seem at an adult-entertainment conference, even odder was the number of lawyers in the audience of more than 200, reports AVN Media. "It was strange to see an AEE legal seminar that had more attorneys in the audience than on the stage," writes AVN reporter Mark Kernes. The three panelists talked mostly about obscenity prosecutions, federal record-keeping requirements and zoning laws. But audience members asked them about a range of other issues, from photo ID requirements for foreign performers to the effectiveness of Web site disclaimers.

Lawyers, it appears, can make a decent living from indecency, even in a recession. So if these young guns inspire you to pursue a career in adult-entertainment law, you may wish to start out by going for a bachelor's degree at the University of Florida. As it turns all, all three of these young guns graduated from there.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on January 12, 2009 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)

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