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Marquette University Law School Annual Conference In October

Marquette Law School is known for hosting a fantastic yearly Sports Law event.
Marquette Law School is known for hosting a fantastic yearly Sports Law event.

What: The National Sports Law Institute of Marquette University Law School annual conference – Current Legal and Business Issues Affecting Collegiate, Olympic and International Sport.

Where: Marquette University Law School – Eckstein Hall, Suite 238 (1215 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee, WI 53233)

When: Friday, October 18, 2013 (8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)


The conference will feature panels discussing current legal and business issues in Olympic and international dispute resolution, the third edition of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code, the NCAA infractions process, current litigation in collegiate athletics and current legal and business issues in collegiate athletics.


  • Paul M. Anderson, Associate Director, National Sports Law Institute, Adjunct Professor of Law, Marquette University Law School, and Chair, Sports & Entertainment Law Section, State Bar of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Matt BankerAssistant Commissioner for Institutional Services, Ohio Valley Conference, Nashville, TN (L’01)
  • Jeff Benz, Benz Law Group/Benz ADR, Adjunct Law Professor, Pepperdine University & ISDE, Los Angeles, CA, and Member, Court of Arbitration for Sport, Lausanne, Switzerl, and Member, NSLI Board of Advisors
  • Sarah BobertSenior Associate AD for Internal Operations/SWA, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
  • Mary K. Braza, Partner and Chair, Sports Industry Team, Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee, WI, and member, NSLI Board of Advisors
  • John P. Collins, Partner, Collins & Collins, Chicago, IL, and member, NSLI Board of Advisors
  • Timothy DavisJohn W. & Ruth H. Turnage Professor of Law, School of Law, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, and member, NSLI Board of Advisors
  • Jon Duncan, Interim Vice President of Enforcement, NCAA, Indianapolis, IN
  • Richard Evrard, Collegiate Sports Practice Group with Bond Schoeneck & King in Overland Park, KS
  • Kristina Giddings, Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance, University of Maryland, College Park, MD (L’06)
  • Martin J. Greenberg, Managing Member, Law Office of Martin J. Greenberg, LLC, Milwaukee, WI, Adjunct Professor of Law, Marquette University Law School, member, NSLI Board of Advisors
  • Christopher Griffin, partner, and member of Sports Industry Team, Foley & Lardner, LLP, Tampa, FL; member and Appeals Coordinator, NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions; former member and chair, NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee; founding member and former chair, Outback Bowl, Tampa; former NCAA Division I scholar-athleteA
  • Onye Ikwuakor, Legal Affairs Director, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Howard JacobsLaw Offices of Howard Jacobs, Westlake Village, CA
  • Rick Karcher, Professor of Law, Florida Coastal School of Law, Jacksonville, FL
  • Michael Lenard, Vice President, International Council of Arbitration for Sport, Lausanne, Switzerland; President, CAS ad hoc Division, XXII Olympic Winter Games; Senior Managing Director, Paladin Realty Partners/William E. Simon & Sons, Los Angeles, CA
  • John LongAssistant to the University President for Athletic Compliance, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA (L’09)
  • Scott McDonald, Associate Athletic Director for Compliance, Student Services and Donor Relations, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC (L’03)
  • Richard McLaren, Professor of Law, Western University, Faculty of Law London, Ontario, Canada; Counsel to McKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP; Member, Court of Arbitration for Sport, Lausanne, Switzerland;  President the Basketball Arbitration Tribunal, Geneva, Switzerland and Chair, NSLI Board of Advisors
  • Keith Miller, Associate Athletic Director for Compliance, Baylor University, Waco, TX (L’01)
  • Matthew J. Mitten, Professor of Law and Director, National Sports Law Institute and LL.M. in Sports Law Program for Foreign Lawyers, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Brent MobergDirector of Compliance, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN (L’04)
  • Bill Nesnidal, Assistant Director of Enforcement, Football Group, NCAA, Indianapolis, IN (L’11)
  • Josephine (Jo) R. PotutoFaculty Athletics Representative and Richard H. Larson Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
  • Dan RohrerAssociate Director of Compliance, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (L’06)
  • John Ruger, Athlete Ombudsmen, United States Olympic Committee, Colorado Springs, CO, and member, NSLI Board of Advisors
  • Rodney Smith, Distinguished Professor of Law and Director, Center for Sports Law and Policy, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA, and member, NSLI Board of Advisors
  • Christian Spears, Deputy Director of Athletics, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL


  • Marquette University students, administrators, faculty and staff (no cost).
  • Recipients of the National Sports Law Institute’s Sports Law Certificate (no cost)
  • Members of the NSLI’s Sports Law Alumni Association (no cost).
  • Members of the NSLI’s Board of Advisors (no cost).
  • NSLI Internship Supervisors (no cost)
  • Executive Board members from the Sports & Entertainment Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin (no cost).
  • Foley & Lardner, LLC attorney (no cost)
  • Marquette University Law School alum ($50.00).
  • Collegiate athletic department staff member ($50.00)
  • Law student from school other than Marquette ($50.00).
  • Academic rate (for full or part time professors) ($50.00).
  • NSLI member or subscriber ($75.00).
  • Member of the Sports & Entertainment Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin ($100.00).
  • All other attendees ($150.00)

Register here.

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.