Headline Sports Law

University Of Texas Sports & Entertainment Symposium

What: 2nd Annual Texas Review of Entertainment & Sports Law Spring Symposium

When: March 24, 2011

Where: Eidman Courtroom and Joe Jamail Pavilion (at University of Texas School of Law)

Title: “The Role of Agents in Sports & Entertainment Law”


  • 9:00-9:30 am Registration and Coffee
  • 9:30-10:00 am Opening Remarks
  • 10:00-11:00 am Professor David Caudill, Villanova School of Law

Professor Caudill will speak on the ethics of agents and attorney-agents, who are held to higher ethical standards than agents, and how they can adequately co-exist in the sports and entertainment industries.

  • 11:00-12:00 pm Josh Luchs, former high-profile sports agent

Josh Luchs will speak about his real-world experience with amateur athletes, the NCAA ethics rules, and the NFL. He will discuss his own NCAA ethics violations and in light of what Professor Caudill’s topic.

  • 12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
  • 1:00-2:30 pm Agents Across Entertainment Panel

Bill Stapleton, Lance Armstrong’s agent and co-founder of Capital Sports & Entertainment
Brian Jones, former NFL player and current CBS Sports Analyst
Larry Waks, entertainment lawyer, Jackson Walker
Erin Aldrich, former Olympian and future agent
Professor Bob Boland, athlete representative and professor at New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies

This is a panel discussion about agents and attorneys across the entertainment spectrum, including athlete endorsement deals, and the types of legal challenges they encounter. Moderated by Professor David Sokolow.

  • 2:30-2:45 pm Break
  • 2:45-4:15 pm The Future of Agents: New Developments & Proposed Changes

Professor Michael Cramer, former President of Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars current director of the Texas Sports and Media Program
Professor David Caudill, Villanova School of Law
Josh Luchs, former NFL agent
Professor Maureen Weston, Pepperdine School of Law

This panel will address the future legal climate for agents and attorney-agents, potential ethical frameworks for the industry, and thoughts on recent developments. Moderated by Professor David Sokolow.

Cost: Free for students.  Offering 5 hours of CLE credit (including 1.5 hours of ethics) for a $100 registration fee.  Click here to register for the CLE 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.