Arbitration Sports Law

Pepperdine University School Of Law Symposium On Arbitrating Sports

What: Symposium: Arbitrating Sports: Reflections on USADA/Landis, the Olympic Games, and the Future of Sports Dispute Resolution.

Where: Pepperdine University School of Law

When: February 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


  • Reflections on USADA v. Floyd Landis
  • The Olympic Games
  • The Future of Sports Dispute Resolution
  • The Perspective of the Press and Public Arbitration

Panelists Include:

  • Matt Barnett – USADA Lawyer/Barnett & Barnett P.C.
  • Jeffrey Benz – Arbitrator/AVP 
  • Michael Hiltzik – LA Times 
  • Howard Jacobs – Law Offices of Howard Jacobs
  • Michael Lenard – International Court of Arbitration for Sport
  • Richard McLaren – CAS Arbitrator/University of Western Ontario
  • Matt Mitten – Marquette University School of Law
  • Maidie Oliveau – CAS Arbitrator/Law Sports 
  • John Ruger – United States Olympic Committee 
  • Mike Straubel – Valparaiso School of Law
  • Maurice Suh – Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
  • Maureen Weston– Pepperdine School of Law

Cost: General admission to the event is $95, Pepperdine law school students admitted free, other law school students – $45.  Registration link.

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.