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Santa Clara 2010 Sports Law Symposium

The college Summer Vacations are coming to a close, which means that sports and entertainment law students are actively preparing for their upcoming 2010/2011 Sports/Entertainment Law Symposiums.  This week, I received my 1st “Save the Date” email.  The information is below.

What: Santa Clara Law 2010 Sports Law Symposium

When: September 16, 2010 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Where: Locatelli Center, Santa Clara University (map)

Description: Because sports generate billions of dollars, the law has come to apply more and more to that industry.  This Symposium will look at three issues – concussions, steroids, and the use of athletes’ images – where law and sports intersect in a way that has garnered national attention. Panels of experts consisting of those most closely involved with these issues–athletes, lawyers, journalists, owners, officers of sanctioning organizations, physicians–will present the state of the art to an audience that will be limited to 200 attendees.


  • 8:00 a.m.: Registration
  • 9:00 a.m.: Welcome – Donald J. Polden, Dean, Santa Clara Law & Dan Coonan, Athletic Director, Santa Clara University
  • 9:10 a.m.: Keynote Address – Alan Schwarz, New York Times
  • 10:00 a.m.: Concussions: Athletic, Legal, Medical and Moral Issues
    • Jim Brown, National Football League Hall of Famer
    • DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director, National Football Players Association
    • John Hogan, Workers Compensation Attorney
    • Michael Dillingham, former team doctor, San Francisco ‘49ers
    • Craig de Recat, partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLC
    • Ben Lynch, retired National Football League player
  • 11:00 a.m. Break
  • 11:15 a.m.: Concussions Panel (continued):
    • Michael Schulman, CEO, Anaheim Ducks
    • Don Gralnek, General Counsel, San Jose Sharks
  • 11:35 a.m.: Performance-enhancing Drugs: Athletic, Legal, and Moral Issues
    • Don Catlin, medical doctor and leading researcher
    • Maurice Suh, Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
    • Michael Dillingham, former team doctor, San Francisco ‘49ers
    • Jeffrey Benz, former General Counsel, United States Olympic Committee
    • Jim Brown, National Football League Hall of Famer
    • Ron Katz, partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
    • Ben Lynch, retired National Football League player
  • 12:35 p.m.: Lunch, Lunchtime speaker: William H. Neukom, Managing Partner, San Francisco Giants
  • 1:30 p.m.: Use of Athletes’ Images: An Active Area of Litigation and Licensing
    • Peter Parcher, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
    • Mark Lee, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
    • John Raleigh, Senior Vice President, IMG
    • Bill Duffy, Sports Agent, CEO of BDA Sports
    • Gregory Curtner, Partner, Miller Canfield
    • Michael Hausfeld, Partner, Hausfeld LLP
    • Robert Carey, Partner, Hagens Berman
    • Roger Noll, Professor Emeritus of Economics, Stanford University
    • Kara Yancey, Partner, HDP Law Firm
    • Kenneth Steinthal, Partner, Greenberg Traurig
  • 3:00 p.m.: Break
  • 3:15 p.m.: Use of Athletes’ Images Panel (continued)
    • Elsa Cole, General Counsel, National Collegiate Athletic Association
    • Professor Emeritus Harry Edwards, University of California, Berkeley
    • Jeffrey Benz, former General Counsel, United States Olympic Committee
    • Michael Gilleran, former Commissioner, West Coast Conference
    • Dan Coonan, Athletic Director, Santa Clara University
    • Daniel Rascher, Professor of Sports Management, University of San Francisco
    • Daniel Mason, Partner, Zelle Larsen
    • Chad Hummel, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
  • 5:15 p.m.: Reception

Cost: Early registration: tuition received before August 16, 2010 will be $100, all-inclusive. Tuition received after that date will be $125, all-inclusive. Students registered in an institution of higher education who register for this symposium will be admitted free of charge.

Continuing Legal Education: This program qualifies for 5.5 hours of California CLE credits, 1.5 hours of which will qualify for ethics credit. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.

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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