The Board conducts its work through committees including, but not limited to: Annual Conference, Programs, Scholarships, and Sponsorships/Fundraising.
CEO and Managing Attorney, Mays Law Group, P.C.
Jakgeem Mays is CEO and Managing Attorney at Mays Law Group, P.C. He works with a variety of entertainment industry professionals including actors, recording artists, producers, songwriters, film and television studios, production companies, record labels, music publishers and new media companies.
Prior to forming Mays Law Group, P.C., Jakgeem worked at NBCUniversal at what is now NBCUniversal Television & Streaming. Starting in Business Affairs for the broadcast team, he worked on a variety of scripted and unscripted projects including, The Voice, Revolution, The Mindy Project, The Biggest Loser, American Ninja Warrior, The NAACP Image Awards and The Betty White 90th Birthday Special. Jakgeem transitioned to Legal Affairs for NBCUniversal’s cable networks (USA, Syfy, Bravo, Oxygen, E! and Universal Kids) and studios (Universal Content Productions) where he drafted and negotiated development and production agreements and provided guidance on legal issues in connection with production, guild, labor, insurance, risk, compliance for linear and non-linear programming. Prior to NBCUniversal, he worked as law clerk at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, LLP where he focused on immigration matters.
Jakgeem earned a Bachelor of Music degree from NYU and began his career in the music industry working for companies such as Sony Music, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Arista Records and EMI Music Publishing. He earned a Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law while attending Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. He was a founding Co-Chair of the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association (“BESLA”) Young Lawyers Division and currently serves on BESLA’s Board of Directors. Additionally, Jakgeem is an alum of the T. Howard Foundation and continues to work closely with the organization.