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15th Annual Fordham Sports Law Symposium

It is certainly law school symposium season.  Here is another fantastic event that has been passed my way by Matthew Sheehan at Fordham Law.  Many familiar names on the panels.

What: 15th Annual Fordham Sports Law Symposium

When: April 1, 2011 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Where: Fordham Law School’s McNally Amphitheatre (map)


8:30am–9:15am: Registration

9:15am-9:30am: Opening Remarks

9:30am-11:10am: Damaging Impact: The long term health effects of concussions and where future liability might lie.

  • Kevin Boothe, Offensive Lineman, New York Giants
  • Dr. Micky Collins, Ph. D, Assistant Director, UMPC Sports Medicine Concussion Program
  • Marc Edelman, Assistant Professor, Barry University’s Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
  • Chris Nowinski, Co-founder and President, Sports Legacy Institute; Author, Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis
  • Cy Smith, Partner, Zuckerman Spaeder LLP

11:10am-11:20am: Break

11:20am-1:00pm: Agents, Amateurism and Accountability: Legal and ethical questions arising from the relationships between lawyer/agents and the amateur athletes seeking their representation

  • Jean Afterman,Vice President, Assistant General Manager, New York Yankees
  • Jared Fox, NFL Agent, SportStars, Inc.
  • Richard Karcher, Professor of Law and Director, Center for Law and Sports, Florida Coastal School of Law
  • Josh Luchs, Former NFL Agent
  • Fernando Tamayo, Associate, Coffey Burlington; Former International Scouting Coordinator, Boston Red Sox

1:00pm-2:00pm: Lunch

2:05pm-2:55pm: Keynote Speaker – Howie Roseman, General Manager, Philadelphia Eagles

2:55pm-3:00pm: Break

3:00pm-4:40pm: Collective Bargaining Agreements in Sports: Impending negotiations, potential lockouts, and the main sources of conflict between owners and unions

  • Gregg Clifton, Partner, Jackson Lewis LLP
  • Anthony Dreyer, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  • David Feher, Partner, Dewey & LeBoeuf
  • Jeffrey Mishkin, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Michael Weiner, Executive Director, Major League Baseball Players Association

4:40pm-5:00pm: Closing Remarks

Cost: Free. Lunch available for $10. 6 Non-transitional, Professional Practice NYS CLE Credits available for $85 ($50 for Fordham Law alumni and public interest attorneys). 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.