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2013 Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium


What: Villanova University School of Law’s 2013 Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium – Concussion Conundrum

When: Friday, March 15, 2013

Where: The Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at Villanova University School of Law


On Friday, March 15, just weeks before the NFL Concussion Injury Litigation goes to trial in Philadelphia, the 2013 Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium tackles the key issues facing players, teams, leagues, doctors, and lawyers regarding head injuries and brain trauma in sports.  Andrew Brandt, Director of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law and NFL Business Analyst, will moderate all panels.  The following schedule is also available here.


Panel 1: Framing the Issue

The Symposium will begin with a conversation between Andrew Brandt and former athletes, including some that have taken strong and public positions about concussions in sports. Brandt and the players will discuss concussion awareness, prevention and treatment from their playing days as well as their view of the present environment.

  • Brian Westbrook, former player for the Philadelphia Eagles
  • Keith Primeau, former player for the Philadelphia Flyers and founder of
  • Jim Nelson, former player for the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Indianapolis Colts, and Baltimore Ravens
  • Taylor Twellman, former Major League Soccer player and current ESPN analyst and concussions commentator

Panel 2: Building the Case— A Legal and Medical Background of Concussions

This panel will explore liability issues of amateur and professional sports and bring a medical perspective to diagnosis and treatment of concussions.  It will also feature a perspective of a Villanova Law Student who has written about and experienced the effects of concussions in her and her family’s life.

  • Marc Edelman, Associate Professor of Law, Barry University
  • Dr. Michael Marino, MD, Attending Physician at Drucker Brain Injury Center
  • Cailyn Reilly, current student at Villanova University School of Law

Panel 3: Concussion Injury Litigation v. NFL: Looking at Both Sides

This panel will explore the key arguments of the case against the NFL featuring one of the lawyers representing the players, Sol Weiss, a class action defense lawyer and the founder of the definitive Internet site on concussion litigation.  It will be a balanced and in-depth look at the major issues of this key case in sports right now.

  • J. Gordon Cooney, Jr. ’84 VLS, Partner at Morgan Lewis, expert on the defense of class actions suits
  • Sol Weiss ’72 VLS, Shareholder at Anapol Schwartz, Co-lead Counsel in NFL Concussion Injury Litigation
  • Paul D. Anderson, Practicing attorney and creator of

Panel 4: What‘s Next?: Parents, Media, Administrators, and Scholars Look Ahead

This panel will feature media personalities such as Roger Cossack and Ashley Fox of ESPN who, along with Brandt, will look at the state of the sport of football in light of concussions, whether parents should let their kids play, and where the NFL will be in 20 years.

  • Roger Cossack, Legal Analyst, ESPN / CNN
  • Ashley Fox, NFL Columnist, ESPN
  • Peter Keating, Senior Writer, ESPN Magazine
  • Taylor Twellman, ESPN Soccer Analyst

Cost: Free for all unless you want CLE credit.  For CLE credit, the cost is $75.  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.