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4th Annual New York Law School Sports Law Symposium – Nov. 2, 2012

What: 4th Annual NYLS Sports Law Symposium

When: Friday, November 2, 2012 (11:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.)

Where: 185 West Broadway, New York, NY [W201 (Events Center)]

I will be speaking on the Intellectual Property Issues in Sports and Breaking Into the Sports Industry panels.  If you are in New York, it would be great to see you there.

Tentative Schedule                                                                                                                                                      

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Opening Remarks

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m – Keynote Interview with Mike Zarren 

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Overview of Current Legal Developments in the Sports Industry (1 CLE Credit – Ethics and Professional Practice) 

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Breakout Sessions

  • Intellectual Property Issues in Sports (W420) (1 CLE Credit – Professional Practice)
  • Negotiating Rights Acquisitions (W320) (1 CLE Credit – Professional Practice)
  • Bankruptcy Issues in Sports (W220) (1 CLE Credit – Professional Practice)

3:10 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. – Anaylsis and Impact of the Concussion Litigation (1 CLE Credit – Professional Practice) 

4:20 p.m. – 5:20 p.m. – Sports Labor Negotiations (1 CLE Credit – Professional Practice) 

5:30 p.m. – 6:20 p.m. – Breaking Into the Sports Industry

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Networking Reception


Jodi Balsam, Associate Professor at NYLS; Former Counsel for Operations and Litigation at the NFL

Robert Boland, Professor of Sports Management & Sports Business at New York University 

Marc Edelman, Associate Professor of Law at Barry University: Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law 

Robert Erb ’91, CEO at Schutt Sports; Adjunct Professor at New York Law School  

Frank Golding, YouTube Director, Head of Sports for North America at Google 

Russ Granik, Vice Chairman at Galatioto Sports Partners; Former Deputy Commissioner and COO at  the NBA 

Frank Hawkins, Partner at Scalar Media Partners; Former SVP Business Affairs at the NFL 

Darren Heitner, Founder of the Sports Agent Blog; Attorney at Wolfe Law; Contributor at Forbes Magazine; 

Ronald Katz, Partner and Chair of the Sports Law Group at Manatt

Jeannine Kenney, Associate Counsel at Hausfeld LLC; Plantiff’s Liason Counsel for NFL concussion litigation 

J. Carolos Kuri, General Counsel at Red Bull New York 

David Mayer, Principal Counsel at ESPN, Inc.

Michael McCann, Legal Analysts at SI & NBA TV; Professor & Director of Sports Law Institute at Vermont Law School;  

Lauren Dienes-Middlen, VP, Intellectual Property at World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. 

Joe Nahra, Business & Legal Affair Executive at CAA Sports

Matthew Parlow, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Law at Marquette University 

Irwin Raij, Partner and co-chair of the Sports Industry Team at Foley & Lardner LLP

Robert Raiola, CPA; Sports & Entertainment Group Manager at Fazio, Mannuzza, Roche, Tankel, LaPilusa, LLC

Frank Saviano, Associate at Proskauer 

Alan Schwarz, Reporter at New York Times

David Soskin ’08, Counsel at ESPN, Inc.; Adjunct Professor at New York Law School  

Meredith Wolff, Associate Staff Attorney at NHL Enterprises, L.P.

Mike Zarren, Assistant General Manager and Team Counsel at Boston Celtics 

Warren Zola, Chair, Professional Sports Counseling Panel, & Asst. Dean, Grad. Management Programs at Boston College 

Cost: NYLS Student (free), Visiting Students ($15), Attorneys ($45 – 4 CLE credits included), Professionals ($25). 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.