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University Of Oregon Sports & Entertainment Law Conference

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What: University of Oregon School of Law Sports & Entertainment Law Conference 2011

Where: White Stag Building, Portland, Oregon (map)

When: Friday, January 28, 2011 (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.)


8:00am-9:00am: Registration

9:15am-10:30am: MMA: The Legal Aspects of an Emerging Sport

Brad Darcy – Executive Director for the Oregon State Athletic Commission
Kenn Ellner – In-house counsel for Strikeforce
Frank Mahar – Executive Vice President/Chief Legal Counsel of Genesco Sports Enterprises, Inc.
Steve Pacitti – is a sports and entertainment attorney with numerous clients in mixed martial arts.
Moderator: Kelsey Philpott (Founder and Operator of

10:45am – 12:00pm: Pacific Northwest Professional Sports Teams

Doug Piper – Portland Winterhawks (President)
Allan Benavides – Eugene Emeralds (General Manager)
Karen Bryant – Seattle Storm (CEO)
Moderator: Brian Berger (Sports Business Radio)

12:00pm-12:45pm: Lunch

12:45pm-1:45pm: North[west] Hollywood: Entertainment and Music Law in the Northwest

Anne Glazer – Stoel Rives, Portland; IP & Technology Group
Robyn Williams – Executive Director, Portland Center for the Performing Arts
Matthew Hooper – Bullivant Houser Bailey, Seattle; Co-Chair of Arts, Entertainment and Sports Group
Vince Porter – Director, Governor’s Office of Film & Television: Oregon Film
Jill Cohen – Davis Wright Tremaine, Los Angeles; Chair of the Entertainment Transactions Practice
Moderator: Professor Eric Priest

2:00pm – 3:00pm: Sports Business and the Law

Paul Loving – Adidas counsel
John Motley – Columbia Sportswear
Rosemary Colliver – Tonkon Torp, Portland; Sports, Media & Entertainment Group
Matt Dyste – UO Director of Marketing and Brand Management
Moderator: Wally Van Valkenburg (Partner, Stoel Rives, Portland)

3:15pm – 4:30pm: Sports Agents and NCAA Compliance Legal Issues

Josh Luchs – Former sports agent
Alex Parker – OSU Associate AD-Compliance
Steve Robertello – WSU Compliance Officer
Keenan Howry – Former UO wide receiver and former Minnesota Viking
Moderator: Rand Getlin – Attorney at law and President of Synrgy Sports and Consulting

4:30pm – 6:00pm: Reception

Costs: Advance Registration ($45 general/$20 students), Day of Registration ($55 general/$25 students).  Includes lunch and 5.75 CLE General 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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