Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

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Southwestern Presents a Collegiate Sports Law Symposium Featuring a Conversation with Former NCAA Basketball Coach Jim Harrick March 25, 2011
Southwestern Presents a Collegiate Sports Law Symposium Featuring a Conversation with Former NCAA Basketball Coach Jim Harrick

Compliance Isn't Always A Slam Dunk

Student athletes do not get paid for play, but there is nothing amateur about the big business of collegiate sports. With billion dollar broadcast deals for TV, internet and wireless rights to college basketball and football, the intersection of college sports and the law has never been more important. On Friday, April 8, sports law attorneys, agents, sports writers, legal scholars, and sports science specialists will participate in Collegiate Sports Law Symposium: The Business of Amateur Sports. The daylong event is presented by Southwestern's Biederman Institute.

Leading experts will explore some of the important questions facing collegiate sports today. These include regulation of agents and discipline of student athletes; the latest medical science on sports-related concussions, and how it may impact safety rules and legal liability; media deals and marketing in college sports, including the use of student-athlete names and likenesses; and the federal antitrust implications of college football's Bowl Championship Series.

A special lunchtime presentation will feature Jim Harrick, the former NCAA basketball coach who led UCLA to a National Championship in 1995, in a conversation with Jeff Fellenzer, an adjunct professor who teaches sports journalism at USC's Annenberg School for Communication. In the wake of several NCAA controversies involving coaches, players and institutions, Coach Harrick will talk about his own experiences and address the current climate in college sports.

"We have assembled an extraordinary group of experts on some fascinating issues in college sports - with a balance of multiple perspectives," said Professor Steven Krone, Director of the Biederman Institute. "By way of example, this is to my knowledge the first time that lawyers from both sides of the Electronic Arts litigation concerning use of student-athlete likenesses have participated on a panel together. We've worked hard to bring that approach to the entire program; it should make for a very robust debate."

Additional scheduled speakers include:

  • Alan Fishel, Partner, Arent Fox
  • Darren Heitner, attorney and CEO Dynasty Athlete Representation and Founder/Chief Editor of
  • Marc Isenberg, author of Money Players: A Guide to Succeed in Sports, Business & Life for Current and Future Pro Athletes
  • Jeremy Langer, Vice President Collegiate Sports and Rights Acquisitions, Fox Sports
  • Daniel E. Lazaroff, Professor of Law and the Leonard Cohen Chair in Law and Director of the Loyola Sports Law Institute, Loyola Law School
  • Jason P. Mihalik, PhD, CAT(C), ATC, Assistant Professor, Department of Exercise and Sports Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • William L. Monts III, Partner, Hogan Lovells
  • Bob Myers, Managing Executive, Wasserman Media Group
  • Stuart M. Paynter, The Paynter Law Firm
  • Gary Roberts, Dean and Gerald L. Bepko Professor of Law, Indiana University School of Law and NFL Network labor analyst covering current CBA negotiations
  • Debbie Spander, Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, MTV Entertainment and General Counsel and Head of Business Development, A-Game
  • Alonzo Wickers IV, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Warren K. Zola, Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs, Carroll School of Management, Boston College

And from Southwestern:

  • David Fagundes, Associate Professor of Law
  • Steven Krone, Symposium Chair and Director, Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute
  • Vered Yakovee, Adjunct Associate Professor of Law and Law Offices of Vered N. Yakovee

"The fact that Dean Gary Roberts - now an NFL Network labor analyst among all his other roles - is among the Symposium's panelists makes the event unique on the west coast," Professor Yakovee explained. "The opportunity to see him speak live on current BCS issues alongside a lawyer representing each side of that debate is a don't-miss."

The symposium, offering six hours of CLE credit, will begin at 10 a.m. (registration begins at 9:15 a.m.) on the Southwestern campus, located at 3050 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. Registration costs $85. Southwestern students are free (RSVP requested). Registration for non-Southwestern students is $25. The conference brochure and registration form can be found online. Questions may be directed to Southwestern's Biederman Institute. Parking is available for $6, and a map and directions may be found online.