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DePaul Journal Of Sports Law & Contemporary Problems 2013 Symposium

DePaul Law's symposium will take place on Friday, March 8.
DePaul Law’s symposium will take place on Friday, March 8.

What: DePaul Sports Law Symposium – Hurdles: Legal Issues a Modern Athlete Must Overcome

Where: DePaul University, DePaul Center Room 8005, 1 E. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604

When: Friday, March 8, 2013 (10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)


Panel I: Physical Issues Athletes Must Overcome (10:05 – 10:50 AM)
  • Moderated by Professor Michael S. Jacobs (DePaul College of Law)
  • 1. Darren Heitner, Professor of Sport Agency Management at Indiana University Bloomington
    • * Discussing the helmet manufacturer component of NFL concussion litigation
  • 2. Scott Andresen, Partner, Andresen & Associates, P.C.
    • * Discussing brain injuries and psychological damages resulting from participation in contact sports
Panel II: Moral Issues that Athletes Must Overcome (10:55 – 11:40 AM)
  • Moderated by Professor Michael S. Jacobs (DePaul College of Law)
  • 3. Chris Deubert, Associate Attorney, Peter R. Ginsberg Law, LLC
    • * Discussing arbitration strategies used as counsel for Johnathan Vilma during Bountygate Scandal
  • 4. Robert Raiola, CPA, Sports and Entertainment Group Manager
    • * Discussing contractual payment provisions and responsible investing for athletes such as RGIII
Panel III: Bureaucratic Issues Athletes Must Overcome (12:00-1:00 PM)
  • Moderated by Professor Wayne Lewis (DePaul College of Law)
  • 5. Prof. Marc Edelman, Professor of Law, Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
    • * Discussing anti-trust issues and the NCAA, focusing on pay-for-play and age requirements
  • 6. Cari A. Stern, Associate Attorney, Chapman & Cutler LLP
    • * Discussing Title IX issues schools face with respect to sports funding, sexual harassment, equal pay

Cost: Free for DePaul Law Students. $60 for General Admission (including CLE credit for lawyers). $30 for DePaul Law Alumni. $15 for other DePaul (non-law school) students, faculty and staff. $20 for other law students (non-DePaul). Contact [email protected] to register.

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.