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All-Star Panel of Attorneys to Discuss Doping and Perjury October 30, 2012
All-Star Panel of Attorneys to Discuss Doping and Perjury

There is plenty of bad behavior in sports and politics. But is it a crime, and should we prosecute it? In a unique panel at Southwestern moderated by Professor Caleb Mason, attorneys for baseball superstar Roger Clemens and former Congressman Tom Delay, as well as General Counsel for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency involved in the Lance Armstrong matter will share their views on the sports doping controversy and related topics.

"This issue never goes away," Professor Mason said. "This fall we saw the release of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's long-awaited report on Lance Armstrong, and this summer the National League batting leader was suspended for doping. Whether and how federal law enforcement should involve itself in sports doping - in particular, lying about sports doping - is a hotly contested issue that pits our beliefs about protection of the integrity of our civic institutions (which we like) against federal overreaching (which we don't like)."

Scheduled panelists include:

  • William Bock III, a partner in the law firm of Kroger, Gardis & Regas and General Counsel for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)
  • Scott Mercier, a former professional cyclist and teammate of Lance Armstrong
  • Rusty Hardin, one of the nation's preeminent trial attorneys who successfully defended Roger Clemens in his federal perjury trial
  • Mike Attanasio, a Partner at Cooley LLP in San Diego and a nationally-known litigator, who served as co-counsel with Mr. Hardin on the Clemens trial
  • Brian Wice, nationally known appellate attorney, currently handling former U.S. Representative Tom DeLay's appeal in Texas
  • Jason Forge, partner at Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd and former Assistant U.S. Attorney in San Diego; as former chief of the Major Frauds section, he led the investigation and prosecution of Representative Randy "Duke" Cunningham and defense contractor Brent Wilkes, as well as one of the federal investigations into doping and perjury in professional cycling

This exclusive gathering will be held on Monday, November 5 at 3:30 p.m. and is sponsored by Southwestern's Student Bar Association, Criminal Law Society and Entertainment and Sports Law Society. An RSVP to is required as seating is extremely limited.