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Emerging Legal Issues in Ski, Snowboarding and Resort Law

What: The Sports Law Institute at Vermont Law School Panel Discussion on Emerging Legal Issues in Ski, Snowboarding and Resort Law

When: Thursday, March 29, 2012 (12:45 – 2:00 p.m.)

Where: Chase Community Center at Vermont Law School


  • Moderator: Brian Porto, Deputy Director of the Sports Law Institute and an Associate Professor of Law at Vermont Law School.
  • Jaimesen Heins, Associate General Counsel at Burton Snowboards in Burlington, VT.
  • Andrew Maass, Attorney at Ryan Smith & Carbine in Rutland, VT; past officer and President of the Board of Directors of the Association of Ski Defense Attorneys.
  • Parker Riehle (VLS’ 93), President of the Vermont Ski Areas Association


  • tort implications of participating in ski and snowboarding
  • role of assumption of risk in personal injury litigation involving ski and snowboarding including how a law firm might approach a personal injury case of this nature
  • new state laws that promote safety, such as requiring skiers and snowboarders under 18 to wear helmets
  • the structuring of licensing and related ski and snowboarding contracts
  • impact of international law on multi-national ski, snowboarding and resort transactions
  • impact of controversial new regulations promulgated by the International Ski Federation
  • ways the law can improve underprivileged persons’ access to ski and snowboarding
  • how changes to the law might address the expected impact of climate change on the ski, snowboarding and resort industries
  • Cost: Free. 1.25 Vermont CLE credit hours available for attendees.

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.