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Texas Review of Entertainment and Sports Law’s 4th Annual Symposium

What: Texas Review of Entertainment and Sports Law’s 4th Annual Symposium – The Dark Side of Sports and Entertainment Law

When: Friday, September 7, 2012 (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Where: Eidman Courtroom at the University of Texas School of Law


8:30-9:00 a.m. – Registration and Breakfast

9:00-9:15 a.m. – Opening

  • Speakers: Professor David Sokolow, Mr. Tristan Griffin

9:15-10:45 a.m. – Coaching Affairs: Coaches in Trouble with the Law, the NCAA, and their Universities.

  • Moderator: Mr. Jason Belzer
  • Panelists: Mr. Holt Hackney, Mr. Darren Heitner, Professor Theodore Curtis

10:45-10:55 a.m. – Break

10:55-11:55 p.m.  – Morals Clauses for Studios and Endorsements: Types and Enforcement

  • Speaker: Mr. Christopher Chase

11:55-1:05 p.m. – Lunch Presentation: Fixing the Game: Sports Betting and the Law

  • Speaker: Mr. Jeffrey Standen

1:05-2:05 p.m. – Doping in Sports: WADA World Anti-Doping Code and its Harmonization with Other Sports and Federations.

  • Speaker: Dr. Steven Ungerleider

 2:05-2:15p.m. – Break

2:15-3:45 p.m. – Head Cases: Long-Term Tort Implications of Professional Sports

  • Panel: Moderator: Professor Thomas McGarity, Panelists: Mr. Darren Heitner, Ms. Carla Varialle, Mr. Derek Muller

3:45-4:00 p.m. – Closing

  • Speakers: Professor David Sokolow, Mr. Tristan Griffin

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.