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Widener University School Of Law – Diversity and Sports

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.

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.

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