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Fordham Sports Law Symposium

Yesterday, I reported that Harvard Law School will be hosting a Sports Law Symposium on March 26.  It looks like the Ivy League school has a little bit of competition from a school in New York.  Full details below.

What: 14th Annual Fordham Sports Law Symposium

When: Friday, March 26, 2010 (8:30 a.m. – 4:35 p.m.)

Where: James B.M. McNally Amphitheatre (map)

Cost: Free (as is Harvard’s event). NYS CLE credits may be attained for $85 ($50 for Fordham Law alumni & public interest attorneys). CLE Credits: 6 non-transitional, professional practice. Contact: CLE Office Telephone: 212 636-6945 Fax: 212 636-6984 Email: [email protected]


8:30am-9:00am Registration

9:00am-9:30am Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • CASSIE MULLMAN – Managing Editor, Fordham Sports Law Forum

9:30am-11:10am Panel 1: The Changing Face of Sports Licensing

  • Moderator: GABRIEL FELDMAN, Associate Professor of Law and Director, Sports Law Program, Tulane University Law School
  • JEFFREY CAREY, General Counsel, American Needle
  • MARC EDELMAN, Assistant Professor, Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law; Founder and CEO,
  • MEIR FEDER, Partner, Jones Day
  • IRWIN KISHNER, Partner, Herrick Feinstein LLP

11:10am-11:15am Break

11:15am-1:00pm Panel 2: The Legality and Impact of Age Restrictions into Professional Sports

  • Moderator: TIMOTHY LIAM EPSTEIN, Chair, Sports Law Practice Group, Smith Amundsen LLC; Adjunct Professor of Sports Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • ROBERT MARKS, Vice President of Basketball Operations, New Jersey Nets
  • MATT PACE, Counsel, Herrick Feinstein LLP
  • FERNANDO TAMAYO, International Scouting Coordinator, Boston Red Sox
  • JOHN VOLPERIAN, Host, “Beyond the Game”

1:00pm-1:45pm – Lunch

1:45-2:45 – Keynote Address

  • JOHN P. McENROE, Of Counsel, Paul Weiss Rifkind Garrison and Wharton

2:45pm-2:50pm Break

2:50-4:35pm Panel 3: The Future and Evolutions of Sports Salary Arbitration

  • Moderator: BETH SCHWARTZ, Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Director of Professional Skills
  • JESSICA BERMAN, Associate Counsel, National Hockey League
  • JON R. FETTEROLF, Partner, Williams and Connolly LLP
  • ADAM LUPION, Senior Associate, Proskauer Rose LLP
  • MEL SOUTHARD, Principal, Excalibur Sports, Inc.

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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