Hot Topics in Sports Law and Business

On Friday, October 21st, 2011, the National Sports Law Institute of Marquette University Law School will host its annual conference "Hot Topics in Sports Law and Business."  The conference will feature panels discussing hot topics in collegiate, professional, and Olympic sports, and a discussion of current issues in gender equity law.  The conference will take place in the home of the National Sports Law Institute of Marquette University Law School, Eckstein Hall.

(The conference schedule is now available here (subject to change))

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

  • Pre-Conference Reception     6-8 pm (Eckstein Hall room 433 and 4th Floor Gallery)

Friday, October 21, 2011

  • Registration                            8 – 9 am (Eckstein Hall entrance)
  • Morning Panels                      9 am – 12 pm (Appellate Courtroom, room 144)
  • Conference Lunch                  12 – 1:15 pm (room 433)
  • Afternoon Panels                    1:15 – 5 pm (Appellate Courtroom, room 144)
  • Post-Conference Reception    5 – 7 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, WI
  • Deborah Brake, Professor of Law and Distinguished Faculty Scholar, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Erin E. Buzuvis, Professor of Law,  Western New England University School of Law, Springfield, MA
  • Joe D'Antonio, Jr.,Esq, Senior Associate Commissioner (Compliance & Governance), Big East Conference, Providence, RI
  • Richard J. Evrard, Member; Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC, Overland Park, KS
  • Martin J. Greenberg, Managing Member, Law Office of Martin J. Greenberg, LLC, Milwaukee, WI; Founder, National Sports Law Institute; and Adjunct Professor of Law, Marquette University Law School
  • Clark Griffith, Attorney at Law, Clark C. Griffith, P.A., Minneapolis, MN
  • Greg Heller, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta, GA
  • Richard McLaren, Professor of Law & Interim Dean, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, Counsel to McKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP, and Member, Court of Arbitration for Sport, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Jim McKeown, Partner and Chair, Antitrust Practice Group, Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee, WI
  • Matthew J. Mitten, Professor of Law and Director, National Sports Law Institute and LL.M. in Sports Law Program for Foreign Lawyers, Milwaukee, WI
  • Barbara Osborne, Associate Professor, Exercise and Sport Science, University of North Carolina; Adjunct Professor, University of North Carolina School of Law; Of Counsel, Collegiate Sports Practice, Ice Miller, LLP, Indianapolis, IN
  • Jill Pilgrim, Principal & Business Counsel, Precise Advisory Group, Miami, FL
  • Josephine (Jo) Potuto, Richard H. Larson Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Nebraska College of Law, Lincoln, NE
  • Donald Remy, General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, IN
  • Kevin Schulz, Partner and Member, Sports Industry Team and Transactional & Securities, Commercial Transactions & Business Counseling and International Practices, Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Michael Straubel, Associate Professor of Law and Director, Sports Law Clinic, Valparaiso University School of Law,Valparaiso, IN
  • Travis Thompson Tygart, CEO, The United States Anti-Doping Agency, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Maureen Arellano Weston, Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Law, Pepperdine University, School of Law, Malibu, CA


The NSLI will apply for CLE credit to any state for which a conference or seminar attendee seeks credit. However, individual attorneys must pay the fees associated with any applications.


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.