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Santa Clara Law School’s Third Annual Sports Law Symposium

What: Santa Clara University Institute of Sports Law and Ethics’ Third Annual Sports Law Symposium – What is the Proper Role of Sports in Higher Education?

When: September 6, 2012 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Where: Santa Clara University


Issues about college sports are frequently reported on both the sports pages and front pages: payment of athletes, recruiting violations, disciplinary mechanisms, gender equity, eligibility determinations, conference alignments, scholarship amounts, television revenues and the very definition of amateurism. The term “student-athlete” itself has evolved over the years and perhaps raises more questions than it answers. The purpose of this Symposium is to address as many of these issues as possible both individually and within the broader context of what is the proper role of sports in higher education, which may differ depending on the type of institution, the type of sport and whether that sport generates more revenues than costs.


  • Santa Clara University Director of Athletics, Dan Coonan
  • University of the Pacific Vice President of External Relations and Athletics, Ted Leland
  • Director of Vaccaro Sports Partnerships, Sonny Vaccaro
  • Sports Economist Andy Schwarz of OSKR
  • National College Players Association President, Ramogi Huma
  • Miami Herald Sports Reporter, Linda Robertson
  • Boise State University General Counsel, Kevin Satterlee
  • Former Deputy LPGA Commissioner, Libba Galloway
  • Public Relations Executive, Terry Fahn
  • Consultant, Jonathan Orszag
  • Sports Journalist, Bomani Jones
  • Professors Harry Edwards, William Gould, Kevin Greene, Richard Karcher, Lateef Mtima, Jo Potuto, Dan Rascher and Ellen Staurowsky
  • and practitioners actively involved with ongoing and recent litigation.

Cost: Free for students.  $125 for “Early Bird Registration” (before July 21, 2012).  Click here to register.  Program qualifies for 5.5 hours of California CLE credits, 1.5 hours of which will qualify for ethics credit.

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.