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2011 Santa Clara Sports Law Symposium

What: Santa Clara Law 2011 Sports Law Symposium

When: September 8, 2011 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Where: Locatelli Center, Santa Clara University (map)

Topics: Concussions (Keynote: DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director, NFLPA), Steroids (Keynote: Mark Fainaru-Wada, ESPN Investigative Reporter), Labor Strife (Keynote: William B. Gould, IV, former Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board), and the Use of Player Images (Keynote: Sonny Vaccaro, Former Director of Basketball Programs at Nike, Adidas and Reebok).

The Reception speaker will be William Neukom, Managing Partner, San Francisco Giants, and Jim Brown will be an honored special guest at the event.

Other speakers include:

  • Dan Coonan, Santa Clara University Athletic Director
  • Bill Duffy, CEO of BDA Sports Management
  • Dan Rascher, University of San Francisco Sports Management Professor
  • Retired NFL players Ben Lynch and Shawn Stuckey
  • Mike Gilleran, Former WCC Commissioner
  • Don Gralnek, General Counsel of San Jose Sharks
  • Paul Haagen, Co-Director of the Duke Law School Center for Sports Law and Policy
  • Andy Schwarz, Sports Economist
  • Professors Kevin Greene, Lateef Mtima and Tyler Ochoa

Cost: Early registration (before July 1, 2011) = $125.  Regular registration = $175.  Deadline to register = August 25, 2011.  Free entry for all college students.  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.