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Kansas Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium

What: 2010 Dr. Bob Frederick KU Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium

When: Friday, April 9, 2010

Where: Hadl Auditorium (map)

Cost: Free to students and general public. $25 for for attorneys seeking CLE credit (4 Kansas credits, 1 ethics; pending Missouri CLE credit approval).  Registration begins at 9 am, with the event starting at 10 am.

A series of discussions about legal and ethical issues in sports, entertainment, and media law.  This event is in memory of Dr. Bob Frederick, who died Friday, June 12, 2009 due to injuries sustained in a bicycle accident. “Dr. Bob” took a great amount of pride in doing things the right way, and he positively affected many lives. This event carries the theme “Live a Life That Matters,” based on Dr. Bob’s favorite poem by Michael Josephson.  Contact [email protected] if you have any questions or would like a full agenda and brochure for the event.


9:00 a.m. – Registration ($25 for attorneys seeking CLE credit)

10:00 a.m. – Opening Remarks

  • Brian Martinek, President, KU Sports & Entertainment Law Society

10:10 a.m. – An Examination into the Changing Legal Relationship between Media and Sports Organizations

  • John Black, Senior Partner, Polsinelli Shughart
  • Bernard Rhodes, Lathrop & Gage
  • Chad Milton, Co-Founder, ThinkRisk

11:00 a.m. – Break

11:10 a.m. – The Unreality of Reality Show Contracts

  • James Hetz, Hetz, Jones & Goldberg

12:00 p.m. – Lunch break
Keynote Presentation: Live a Life That Matters

  • Pat Warren, Vice President, Kansas Speedway

1:00 p.m. – What’s Mine is Not Yours: How to Find the Line between Lawful and Infringing Uses of Intellectual Property

  • Jean Maneke, The Maneke Law Group
  • Professor Mike Kautsch, University of Kansas School of Law
  • Jonathan Zerger, Shook, Hardy & Bacon

1:50 p.m. – Break

2:00 p.m. – The Wide World of Sports Lawyers: Ethical and Legal Issues in the Sports Industry

  • Bob Lattinville, Partner, Stinson, Morrison & Hecker LLP
  • Woodie Dixon, General Counsel, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Stephanie Vardavas, Assistant General Counsel, Nike

2:50 p.m. – Closing Remarks

3:00 p.m. – Networking Session

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.