share quest to recover, restore, and return concert recordings
of Grateful Dead, et al, April 13th
WMU-Cooley graduates Andrew Acker, Jeffrey Butler, and
Charles Dadswell will share their quest to recover, restore,
and return the famous lost “Betty Board” concert
recordings to their rightful owners —Betty Cantor Jackson,
the Grateful Dead, and Warner Music Group — during
the 12th Annual Howard Soifer Memorial Lecture in Sports and
Entertainment Law. The noon event will be held at WMU-Cooley
Law School’s Lansing campus [300 S. Capitol Ave.] on Friday,
April 13, 2018.
Betty Cantor Jackson
was a sound board operator for Grateful Dead, thus the
name “Betty Board” recordings, who spent close to 20 years
recording hundreds of hours of tape with the band. In the
mid-'80s, she put most of her possessions, including more than a
thousand reels of tape from the Grateful Dead and other groups,
in a storage unit. When she was unable to keep current on the
fees, her things were auctioned off.
Acker is founding member “A” of ABCD Enterprises, LLC, and the
sole member of Reel 2 Real Consulting, LLC. He practices law
with Storino, Ramello & Durkin Attorneys at Law in Rosemont,
Illinois, and focuses his practice in the area of municipal law.
Butler is founding member “B” of ABCD Enterprises, LLC and the
sole member of Spy Dog Consulting, LLC. He practices education
law for Clark Hill in Lansing, Michigan, and has extensive
experience representing public schools and other educational
institutions, including Title IX and disability law matters.
Dadswell is founding member “D” of ABCD Enterprises, LLC
and the sole member of Close Call Consulting, LLC. He is
senior vice president and general counsel for a Nasdaq 100
Corporation in California and resides in La Jolla, California.
Previous Soifer Memorial Lecture speakers have been T.J. Duckett,
former running back in the National Football League; Tom Izzo,
Michigan State University men’s basketball coach; Kevin Poston,
president and CEO of Detroit-area based DEAL Elite Athletic
Management; Steve Smith, broadcaster and former NBA all-star
basketball player; and Steve Garvey, former Major League
Baseball all-star and MVP.
Soifer (1949–2003) was a 1977 graduate of WMU-Cooley Law School.
He was an avid sports fan and represented several prominent
professional athletes during his career as a shareholder with
Loomis, Ewert, Parsley, Davis & Gotting, P.C. Soifer was
grateful for his legal education at WMU-Cooley Law School and
his family, friends and partners have endowed the lecture series
in his memory.
Those interested in attending may RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.