Charles W. Mentkowski Sports Law Alumnus of the Year Award

Created in 2002, the Awards Committee of the National Sports Law Institute's Sports Law Alumni Association presents this award to the alum who demonstrates the following qualities; dedication to the sports law program at Marquette University Law School while a student at Marquette, contributions to the Sports Law Alumni Association, contributions to the field of sports law in general, and support of the NSLI and Sports Law Program after their time as a student in the law school. Past recipients of this award include:


Alumnus of the Year
{from left} Nyea Sturman (L’03), SVP & General Counsel, and 2015 award winner, 2023 winner Andre Salhab, Danez Lockhart (L’03), all with the Orlando Magic, & Logan Deeney (L’22), Orlando City Soccer Club.


2023: Andre Salhab (L'12), Associate General Counsel, Orlando Magic, Orlando, FL 

2022: Andy Shiffman (L'09), Executive Vice President of Basketball Representation, Priority Sports and Entertainment, Chicago, IL

2021: Sarah Padove (L'12), Senior Coordinator, Baseball & Softball Development, Major League Baseball, New York, NY

2019: Aaron Hernandez (L'13), Director, Allan Bud Selig Sports Law and Business Program, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

2018: Jessica Kumke (L'08), Associate Athletic Director – Compliance and Enrollment Services at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

2017: Susan Allen (L'06), Senior Staff Counsel, FCA US (Fiat Chrysler), Detroit, MI 

2016: Brent Moberg (L'04), Director of Compliance, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN

2015: Nyea Sturman (L'03), General Counsel, Orlando Magic, Orlando, FL

2014: Matt Banker (L'01), Associate Athletic Director/Compliance, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

2013: Eryn Doherty (L'00), Vice President, Labor Relations, NBC Universal, Universal City, CA 

2012: Ante Udovicic (L'98), Athletics, Activities & Recreation Coordinator, South Milwaukee High School, South Milwaukee, WI

2011: Craig Pintens (L'01), Athletic Director, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA 

2010: Mike Sneathern (L'02), Vice President, Legal Affairs, Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee, WI .

2009: Kristi Schoepfer (L'01), Associate Professor, Sport Management, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC

2008: James Gray (L'90), Professor and Sport & Recreation Management Program Director, Marian University, Fond du Lac, WI.

2007: Martin Greenberg (L'73), Attorney, Law Offices of Martin J. Greenberg, LLC, Milwaukee, WI

2006: Shawn Eichorst (L'95), Executive Senior Associate AD, University of Texas, - SE23 Enterprises LLC, Austin, TX

2005: Kathryn Statz (L'00), Director of Gender Equity/Title IX Coordinator, DePaul University, Chicago, IL

2004: Greg Heller (L'96), Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta, GA 

2003: Paul Anderson (L'95), Director, Sports Law Program and National Sports Law Institute, Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, WI

2002: Bill Miller (L'96), Associate Professor and Department Chair, Sports Management, University of Wisconsin - Parkside, Kenosha, WI 

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