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Santa Clara Law Symposium On Sports Concussions

The Santa Clara Law Symposium will host leaders from the field of medicine, law sports and ethics to discuss where sport is and should be with respect to concussions.

What: Third Annual Sports Law and Ethics Symposium at Santa Clara Law – Sports Concussions: Problems and Proposed Solutions

When: September 12, 2013 (9 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

Where: Institute of Sports Law and Ethics, Santa Clara, California 95053

9:00-9:05 a.m. Welcome – Chairman of the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics
9:05-10:00 a.m. Keynote Addresses:Alan Schwarz, NY Times

Jeff Miller, National Football League Senior Vice-President for Health and Safety Issues

10:00-11:00 a.m. I. The Science of ConcussionsDr. Robert Cantu, Boston University
Dr. Corey Goodman, Venbio
Dr. Cindy Chang, U.S. Olympic Committee
Dr. Chris Giza, UCLA
Dr. Alisa Gean, UCSF
11:00-11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. II. Concussions in FootballRamogi Huma, Moderator
Ronnie Lott
Brent Jones
Leigh Steinberg
Isaiah Kacyvenski
Patrick Larimore
Bryan Larimore
Tim Fleiszer
12:30-1:45 p.m. Special Lunchtime Presentation“What We Can Learn from What Happened at Rutgers”

Jack Clark, University of California, Berkeley Rugby Coach (Introduced by Dan Coonan)
Jim Thompson, Positive Coaching Alliance (Introduced by Kirk Hanson)

1:45-2:45 p.m. III. Concussions in SoccerBrandi Chastain, Moderator
Dr. Michael Lipton
Jeff Skeen
Jack Sahl
2:45-4:00 p.m. IV. Could Concussion Liability Reshape Youth Sports?Football participation is down, with more parents steering their children away from the game. As the dangers of head trauma to children become more apparent, will lawyers and insurance companies be the next to take action? How vulnerable are youth sports organizations and coaches to the kind of lawsuits that have been directed at the NFL and NCAA? Will high schools continue to underwrite collision sports such as football if insurance premiums rise? Is tort law a threat to youth sports – or an opportunity for reform? It’s a central question that the ISLE explores in concert with the Aspen Institute’s Project Play, a two-year project that will help reimagine youth sports in America.

Tom Farrey, Moderator
Shawn Stuckey
Doug Abrams
Michael Pilawski

4:00-4:15 p.m. Break
4:15-5:30 p.m. V. Legal Perspectives on the 4000+ Concussion CasesTed Leland, Moderator
Rob Carey
Robert Rabin
Bill Gould

Cost: Students may attend for free.  Early bird registration for all others cost $125.00 per person.  Register here.  The program qualifies for 5.5 hours of California CLE credits and 1.5 hours of that amount qualifies 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.