Current Legal and Business Issues Affecting International and Professional Sports (October 19, 2012)

On Friday, October 19th, 2012, the National Sports Law Institute of Marquette University Law School will host its annual conference "Current Legal and Business Issues Affecting International and Professional Sports."  The conference will feature panels discussing current legal and business issues in Olympic and international dispute resolution, corruption in international sports, sports facility development, and current legal and business issues in professional sports.  The conference will take place in the home of the National Sports Law Institute of Marquette University Law School, Eckstein Hall.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE (subject to change)

Friday, October 19, 2012

  • 8 - 9 am (Registration)
  • 9 - 9:10 am (Welcome)
  • Morning Panels                                            9:10 – 12 pm (Appellate Courtroom, room 144)
  • Master of the Game Award luncheon        12 – 1:30 pm (room 433)
  • Afternoon Panels                                         1:30 – 5:00 pm (Appellate Courtroom)
  • Post-Conference Reception                       5:00 – 6:30 pm (Zilber Forum)


  • Paul M. Anderson, Associate Director, National Sports Law Institute, Adjunct Professor of Law, Marquette University Law School, and Chair, Sports & Entertainment Law Section, State Bar of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Mary K. Braza, Partner and Chair, Sports Industry Team, Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • John P. Collins, Partner, Collins & Collins, Chicago, Illinois
  • Mike Duckett, Executive Director, Southeast Wisconsin Professional Baseball Park District, Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Martin J. Greenberg, Managing Member, Law Office of Martin J. Greenberg, LLC, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Founder, National Sports Law Institute; and Adjunct Professor of Law, Marquette University Law School
  • Greg Heller, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta, Georgia
  • David Howman, Director General, World Anti-Doping Agency, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Gary L. Johansen, Associate General Counsel, United States Olympic Committee, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Jerry Kurz, Commissioner, Arena Football League, Chicago, Illinois
  • Ilhyung Lee, Edward W. Hinton Professor of Law & Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
  • Robert E. Leib, Owner, Leib Advisors, LLC, Chief Executive Officer and President, The Leib Group, LLC, Mequon, Wisconsin
  • Mike Lufrano, Executive Vice President, Community Affairs/General Counsel, Chicago Cubs, Chicago, Illinois
  • Dr. Dirk-Reiner Martens, Principal, Martens Rechtsanwälte, Munich, Germany, and Legal advisor to the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and other national and international sports federations
  • Jim McKeown, member Antitrust Practice Group, Litigation Department, and Sports Industry Team, Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Richard McLaren, Professor of Law, Western University, Faculty of Law London, Ontario, Canada; Counsel to McKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP; and Member, Court of Arbitration for Sport, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • W.S. Miller, Associate Professor of Sport Management and Chair, Department of Health, Exercise Science & Sport Management, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • Matthew J. Mitten, Professor of Law and Director, National Sports Law Institute and LL.M. in Sports Law Program for Foreign Lawyers, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Ricky Olczyk, Assistant General Manager & Director of Hockey Operations/Legal Affairs, Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Maidie Oliveau, Counsel, ArentFox LLP, Los Angeles, California, member, Court of Arbitration for Sport, Lausanne, Switzerland, member, American Arbitration Association sports and international panels, and member, NSLI Board of Advisors
  • Irwin Raij, partner and co-chair Sports Industry Team, member, Government & Public Policy, Real Estate and Finance & Financial Institutions Practices, Foley & Lardner, LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Leslie Ross, General Counsel, Sahara Force India Formula One Team, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
  • Mike Sneathern, Associate Counsel, Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Cliff Michael Stein, Vice President of Football Administration and General Legal Counsel, Chicago Bears, Lake Forest, Illinois
  • Nyea Sturman, Assistant Director of Legal Services, Orlando Magic, Orlando, Florida
  • Maureen Arellano Weston, Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Law, Pepperdine University, School of Law, Malibu, California
  • Marti Wronski, Vice President & General Counsel, Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, Milwaukee, Wisconsin


The National Sports Law Institute's Master of the Game Award honors an individual who has made significant contributions to the sports industry and who exemplifies the highest level of professionalism in his or her field.  The 2012 recipient of the award is David Howman, Director General of the World Anti-Doping Agency.  The Award will be presented to Mr. Howman during the conference luncheon.  Further information about the Award, including a list of past recipients, can be found here.


For a limited time, rooms are available at a discounted rate at the Courtyard by Marriott (@ 4 blocks from the conference site).  The special rate of $119.00 can be selected by clicking the registration link here.  This rate expires October 1st, 2012.  Other hotel recommendations near the Marquette University campus can be found here.


The NSLI will seek approval for approximately 6.5 CLE credits from the Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners. The NSLI will also apply for CLE credit to any state for which a conference or seminar attendee seeks credit. Individual attorneys must pay the fees associated with any out of state applications. 

Individuals seeking CLE credit must attend the entire conference. The NSLI cannot award partial CLE credit.  All CLE approvals will take place after the conference.


Parking information and directions to Eckstein Hall can be found here.  Parking will be available at no charge for all registered conference attendees in level 1 of the Eckstein Hall parking structure.  The entrance for visitor parking is on 11th street just before Clybourn Avenue.  Please identify yourself as a "Sports Law Conference Attendee" to the parking lot attendant and get a parking ticket as you enter the parking garage. When you enter the building, please check in at the conference registration desks.  They will validate your parking and direct you to the Appellate Courtroom, room 144, where the conference will take place.