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Albany Law School Baseball Law Symposium

What: Symposium – Baseball And The Law: America’s National Pastimes

When: Monday, April 11, 2011 (10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m)

Where: Albany Law School


  • 10:00 a.m. (outside room 200) – Continental Breakfast
  • 10:30 a.m. (Room 200) – “A Contrarian View of Steroids: What’s Wrong With Being All You Can Be?”
    • Professor Paul Finkelman, President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy, Albany Law School
  • 11:00 a.m. (Room 200) – “From The Dominican Republic To The United States: An Alumnus’s Perspective On Being An International Sports Agent”
    • Eric Bowman ’90, Founder and Senior Partner, Bowman Law Firm
  • 1:00 p.m. (Room 200)2011 Edward C. Sobota ’79 Memorial Lecture – “It’s A Wise Child That Knows Its Father: A Search For Baseball’s Origin”
    • John Thorn, Official Baseball Historian, Major League Baseball, and Author,Baseball in the Garden of Eden
  • 2:00 p.m. (Room 200) – “From Flood To Free Agency”
    • Henry D. Fetter, Attorney and Author of Taking on the Yankees: Winning and Losing in the Business of Baseball
  • 3:00 p.m. (Room 200) – “The Laws and Litigation Safeguarding Intellectual Property Against Infringement and Piracy”
    • Moshe Bonder ’03, Regional General Counsel – Americas, CG Power Solutions USA Inc.
    • Susan E. Farley, Principal, Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C.
    • Martin Schwimmer, Partner, Leason Ellis LLP
  • 4:00 p.m. (Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom) – “If You Build It, They Will Come: A Discussion On Stadium Construction”
    • Joseph Gunn, New York City Corporation Counsel
    • Katherine Baynes, Partner, DLA Piper LLP
    • Michael Klein, Town Attorney, Town of Ramapo
    • Moderator: David Fernandez ’92, Partner, Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP
  • 5:15 p.m. (Outside Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom) – Coffee Break
  • 5:45 p.m. (Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom) – “The Legal State Of Our National Pastimes”
    • JR Rickert, President and CEO, National Sports Management
    • Douglas Gladstone, Author, A Bitter Cup of Coffee: How MLB and The Players Association Threw 874 Retirees a Curve
    • David L. Snyder, Professor, Department of Sport Management at the State University of New York College at Cortland
    • Rick Murphy, Vice President, General Manager, Partner, Tri-City Valley Cats
    • Moderator: Hank Domin, Sports Editor, Albany Times Union
  • 7:00 p.m. (East Foyer) – Extra Innings Reception with hot dog cart and Cracker Jacks. Book signings by Douglas Gladstone, John Thorn and Henry D. Fetter.

Cost: Free.

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.