Sports Law

National Sports Law Student Writing Competition


The National Sports Law Institute of Marquette University Law School announces the creation of the National Sports Law Student Writing Competition. The goal of this annual competition is to encourage law student scholarship on current topics in sports law. The winner of the competition will receive complimentary registration for the National Sports Law Institute’s annual fall conference on Friday, October 23, 2009, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and an offer to publish their article in the Fall 2009 issue of the Marquette Sports Law Review. Creating a writing contest can be of huge benefit not only to the people writing but for the university to showcase the talents of their students.

ELIGIBILITY: Any law student in good standing who is currently attending an accredited law school within the United States and its territories may enter the competition. All submissions must be original and unpublished. Submissions may be any original and unpublished student work. For example, this could include papers written for a law school course or unpublished student comments written as a membership requirement for a law journal or review.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by Friday, July 17, 2009.


  1. Submissions to the 2009 competition must focus on some aspect of Labor and Employment Law within the sports industry on the national or international level.
  2. Submissions must follow the Marquette Sports Law Review’s Guidelines for Authors found online at
  3. Submissions to the competition must be sent by email to the National Sports Law Institute (NSLI) at
    1. Address the subject line of your email to “2009 National Sports Law Writing Competition.”
    2. Attach your submission to the email in Microsoft Word.
    3. Do not include your name within the submission; instead, within your email include;
      1. your name,
      2. your contact information including email address, mailing address and telephone number,
      3. your year in school,
      4. verification that you are a law student in good standing and identification of the law school you are currently attending, and
      5. explanation of why you produced the submission, i.e., for a law school course, etc.
  4. Each submission should include a title. This title should be on the first page of the submission. Do not send a separate title page.

The NSLI will verify participation in the competition by email within 10 days of the receipt of a submission.

JUDGING: All submissions will be judged by the National Sports Law Institute’s Editorial Advisory Board made up of past Editors-in-Chief of the Marquette Sports Law Review and Marquette Sports Law Journal. The review of submissions will be a blind review.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.