What: Symposium: Diversity and Sports: The History, The Challenges, and The Future.

Where: Widener University School of Law.  See map.

When: Monday, March 16, 2009 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


  • 9:00-9:45 am: Continental Breakfast and Check-in
  • 9:45-10:00 am: Introductory Comments
    • Linda L. Ammons, JD, Associate Provost and Dean, Widener University School of Law;
    • Former Governor James Florio of New Jersey
  • 10:00-11:15 am: Sports, Minorities and the Media: Race, Gender and Disability-Access and Images
    • Robert L. Hayman Jr., JD, Professor of Law, Widener University School of Law;
    • Daniel Frankl, PhD, Professor, California State University, Los Angeles;
    • Marie Hardin, PhD, Associate Professor, Associate Director for Research, John Curley Center for Sports Journalism, Penn State University
  • 11:15-11:30 am: Break
  • 11:30 am-12:45 pm: Disability and Sport: Understanding and Accommodating the Disabled Athlete
    • Michael J. Paciorek, PhD, Professor, Eastern Michigan University College of Health and Human Services;
    • Maureen Arellano Weston, JD, Professor of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law;
    • Anita M. Moorman, JD, Associate Professor, University of Louisville College of Education and Human Development
  • 12:45 pm-2:00 pm: Lunch-Keynote Address: Sports and the African-American Female: The Often Overlooked Minority
    • Introductory Comments: John L. Gedid, JD, Vice Dean, Professor of Law, Director, Law and
      Government Institute, Widener University School of Law; Tonya M. Evans-Walls, JD, Associate Professor of Law, Widener University School of Law
    • Speaker: Alfred Dennis Mathewson, JD, Professor of Law, University of New Mexico School of Law
  • 2:00-3:15 pm: The Integration of Baseball and the Influence of Jackie Robinson upon the Negro Leagues: Consideration of an Alternative Approach
    • Edmund P. Edmonds, JD, MLS, Associate Dean for Library and Information Technology, Director, The Kresge Law Library, Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School;
    • Neil Lanctot, PhD, Historian and Author; Leslie A. Heaphy, PhD, Associate Professor, Kent State University
  • 3:15-3:30 pm: Break
  • 3:30-4:15 pm: Domestic Violence, the Athlete and Institutional Responsibility
    • Peter P. Roby, Athletic Director, Director, Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society;
    • Timothy Davis, JD, Professor of Law, Wake Forest University School of Law;
    • Julie Goldscheid, JD, Associate Professor of Law, City University of New York Law School
  • 4:15-4:30 pm: Closing Remarks
  • 4:30-6:00 pm: Reception

Cost: Free for students.  Non-CLE registration = $35.  CLE registration = $75.  Will only earn 5.5 CLE credits if you practice in Pennsylvania or Delaware.