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University Of Baltimore School Of Law Symposium

What: Symposium – “The Death of Amateurism: Implications for Sport and Health”

When: Thursday, October 28, 2010 (9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

Where: John and Frances Angelos Law Center – Venable Moot Court Room (map)


  • 9-9:30 a.m.: Registration – A continental breakfast will be served for attendees in the lobby of the law center.
  • 9:30 – 9:45 a.m.: Welcoming Remarks
    • Phillip J. Closius, Dean, University of Baltimore School of Law
    • Dionne Koller, Assistant professor and director, Center for Sport and the Law, University of Baltimore School of Law
  • 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.: Panel I: Amateurism and Youth Sport
  • 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.: Panel II: Amateurism and the Olympic Movement
    • Pat Connolly, Track and field coach and three-time Olympian
    • John Ruger, Athlete ombudsman, United States Olympic Committee
    • Doug Logan, Former CEO, USA Track & Field, Former Commissioner, Major League Soccer
    • Moderator: Dionne Koller, assistant professor of law
  • 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: Book Signing & Lunch
    • Mark Hyman will be signing his book, Until It Hurts, while lunch is served for attendees in the lobby of the law center.  Books will be available for purchase.
  • 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.: Keynote Address – Why Are There so Many Injuries to Our Young Athletes?: Professionalization and Specialization in Youth Sport
    • Dr. James R. Andrews, Founder, Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Founder, American Sports Medicine Institute – Dr. Andrews will take questions from the audience after his presentation.
  • 1:15 – 1:30 p.m.: Break
  • 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.: Panel II: Intercollegiate Sport
  • 2:45 – 3:30 p.m.: Afternoon Speaker
    • Kenneth L. Shropshire, David W. Hauck Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
  • 3:30 p.m.: Concluding Remarks
    • Professor Dionne Koller

Cost: Free. Register here.

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.