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BESLA’s Board consists of legal professionals who work in and/or have an interest in sports, entertainment, and media.  The regionally diverse Board members are engaged in their local communities and work to develop partnerships between BESLA, industry, and the legal education community.  The Board conducts its work through committees including, but not limited to: Annual Conference, Programs, Scholarships, and Sponsorships/Fundraising.

Tamela R. Cash-Curry, Esq.

TAMELA R. CASH-CURRY has been an attorney for the Los Angeles County Office of the Public Defender for eighteen years and represents clients with criminal matters ranging from misdemeanors to felonies. She has aggressively and successfully litigated on her clients’ behalf in cases involving drug possession to serious or violent felonies. Prior to her work as a defense attorney, Ms. Cash-Curry was a prosecutor for the City of Los Angeles. Tamela is a member of the State Bar of California and has been an active member of BESLA (Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association, Inc.) for twenty years.

Ms. Cash-Curry takes pride in being in a position to help others, whether it is in the courtroom, the convention center or any place a need may arise. She is dedicated to the adage of “giving back.” This is what keeps her busy and has led to recognition by her peers for her outstanding leadership qualities.

Tamela is the recent past Chairwoman of the Board of Directors for BESLA. She held that position for 2 years after serving as President for 3 years. BESLA’s mission is to advance the excellence of professionals in the entertainment, sports and related industries. As Chairwoman, Ms. Cash- Curry worked diligently to ensure that BESLA continued to provide all of its members with an opportunity to network, develop their legal skills, exchange information as well as provide law students with scholarship opportunities. Tamela remains a sitting member of the Board of Directors and is committed to continuing BESLA’s mission.

Ms. Cash-Curry is also a sitting board member of the National College Resources formerly Black College Expo (BCE). BCE, founded in 1999, exists as a vehicle to increase college enrollment among underrepresented youth as well as to provide networking and future job opportunities for students – an undertaking similar to the mission and goals of BESLA.

Ms. Cash-Curry received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California, Berkeley and her Juris Doctor from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, California. Tamela is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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