National Sports Law Institute’s 29th Annual Conference: Emerging Legal Issues in Collegiate, International, and Professional Sports, and Esports (October 12, 2018)

On Friday, October 12th, 2018, the National Sports Law Institute of Marquette University Law School will host its 29th annual conference "Emerging Legal Issues in Collegiate, International, and Professional Sports, and Esports."  The conference will provide an overview on current interesting legal issues impacting various levels of the sports industry, along with panel discussions from lawyers working in the industry and impacted by these issues day to day.

The conference will also feature a Keynote on athletes' rights presentation from Attorney Jill Pilgrim, founding & managing attorney, Pilgrim & Associates Law Office; Acting Executive Director and General Counsel, Track and Field Athletes Association; President, Center for the Protection of Athlete’s Rights, Inc.; and member, NSLI Board of Advisors.    Attorney Pilgrim will also be presented with the Institute's Joseph E. O'Neill Award, given to an individual in the sports industry who has made a significant contribution to the field and done so while exemplifying the highest ethical standards during the conference lunch.  The conference will take place in the home of the National Sports Law Institute of Marquette University Law School, Eckstein Hall.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

OPTION 1: This option is for current Marquette University undergraduate, graduate and law students, and current faculty, staff and administrators.  If you fit into any of these categories please fill out the registration form linked here OPTION 1 REGISTRATION LINK

OPTION 2: All other individuals who are interested in attending the conference can register on the OPTION 2 link found here OPTION 2 REGISTRATION LINK.

This option includes the following categories of attendees:

  • NO COST = Individuals who fit into any of these categories can attend the conference at no charge
    • Marquette University Law School alumni. 
    • Members of the NSLI's Board of Advisors.
    • Members of the NSLI's Sports Law Alumni Association.
    • Sponsors of NSLI Sports Law Certificate Program Internships.
    • Attorneys with conference sponsors Foley & Lardner LLP, and the Law Offices of Martin J. Greenberg.
    • National Sports Law Institute members.
  • DISCOUNTED COST = $50.  
    • Students from schools other than Marquette.
    • Faculty from schools other than Marquette.
    • Members of the Sports & Entertainment Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin.
  • FULL COST =  $100.  All other attendees must pay the full cost of attendance.

 Attendees are encouraged to select the lowest cost option.  If you fit into one of the categories above click the link here to register OPTION 2 REGISTRATION LINK.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Please complete your registration before it closes on Tuesday, October 9th.

CONFERENCE SPONSORS

 

TENTATIVE CONFERENCE SCHEDULE (specific details will be available the week of the conference)

Friday, October 12, 2018

  • 8 - 9 am (Attendee check in - welcome area and Zilber Forum)
  • 9 am - 12 pm (Conference panels and presentations - Lubar Center)
  • 12 - 1:10 pm (Conference lunch and presentation of the Josepn E. O'Neill Award - Conference Center room 433)
  • 1:10- 1:50 pm (Keynote Speech - Conference Center room 433)
  • 2 - 5:30 pm (Conference panels and presentations - Lubar Center)
  • 5:30 - 7 pm (Conference reception and check out - Zilber Forum)

PARTICIPANTS

  • Paul Anderson (L’95), Director, Sports Law Program and National Sports Law Institute, Adjunct Professor, Marquette University Law School, and Chair, Sports Law Alumni Association, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Brooke A. Beyer, Jr., Senior Assistant General Counsel – Sponsorship & Licensing, NASCAR, Inc., Charlotte, North Carolina, and member, NSLI Board of Advisors
  • Nathaniel Blair, General Counsel, Hi-Rez Studios and Skillshot Media, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Christian Bray (L’14), Associate Athletic Director for Compliance, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Greg Heller (L’96), Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta, Georgia, and member, NSLI Board of Advisors
  • Aaron Hernandez (L’13), Assistant Director of Enforcement (Football), NCAA, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Jessica Kumke (L’08), Associate Athletic Director – Compliance & Enrollment Services, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Nona M. Lee, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix, Arizona, and member, NSLI Board of Advisors
  • John Long (L’09), Counsel, Jackson Lewis, P.C., Dallas, Texas
  • Mike Marcil (L’85), former Commissioner, Sunshine State and North Central Conference, NCAA Division II, Adjunct Instructor, Bellevue University, Bellevue, Nebraska
  • Despina Mavromati, Sports Lawyer & Academic (SportLegis / FCIArb / Université de Lausanne), Lausanne, Switzerland, and member, NSLI Board of Advisors
  • Jayma Meyer, Counsel, Litigation Department, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, New York, Visiting Clinical Professor, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
  • Keith Miller (L’01), Associate Athletic Director - Compliance, Baylor University, Waco, Texas
  • Kristina Minor (L’13), Director of Compliance, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Djenane Paul, Senior Associate Athletic Director/Senior Women’s Administrator, Fordham University, Bronx, New York
  • Jill Pilgrim, founding & managing attorney, Pilgrim & Associates Law Office; Acting Executive Director and General Counsel, Track and Field Athletes Association; President, Center for the Protection of Athlete’s Rights, Inc.; and member, NSLI Board of Advisors, New York, New York
  • Meghan Pirics (L’16), Legal Associate, Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Roger Quiles, founding partner, Quiles Law, Staten Island, New York
  • Kevin Schulz, Partner and Co-chair, Sports Industry Team, Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and member, NSLI Board of Advisors
  • Mike Sneathern (L’02), Vice President, Legal Affairs, Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and member, NSLI Board of Advisors
  • Lance Spaude (L’16), Associate, Poker Royalty, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Nyea Sturman (L’03), General Counsel, Orlando Magic, Orlando, Florida, and member, NSLI Board of Advisors
  • James Sullivan (L’01), President, Poker Royalty, LLC, Las Vegas, Nevada, and member, NSLI Board of Advisors
  • Michael  J. Wall, of counsel, member, Transactional & Securities Practice and the Sports Industry Team, Foley & Lardner LLP, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Maureen Arellano Weston, Professor of Law and Director of the Entertainment, Media & Sports Dispute Resolution Project, Pepperdine University, School of Law, Malibu, California, and member, NSLI Board of Advisors
  • Marti Wronski, General Counsel and Senior Vice President- Administration, Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

CONFERENCE HOTEL AND ACCOMMODATIONS

For a limited time, rooms are available at a discounted rate at the Courtyard by Marriott (@ 4 blocks from the conference site).  Book by September 26 to get the special rate of $129.00 (click the registration link here).  Other hotel recommendations near the Marquette University campus can be found here.

CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION INFORMATION

The NSLI will seek approval for 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 AND DIRECTIONS

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, until space is full.  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.