Wednesday, May 16

1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) Arbitrators & Mediators Seminar
This Wednesday CAS session is only open to CAS Arbitrators and Mediators and registration for this Seminar should be handled directly through CAS. Should CAS Seminar attendees wish to also attend the SLA Annual Conference, Melissa Pomerene, SLA Executive Director (, can assist CAS members with SLA Conference registration.

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm



9:00 am - 6:15 pm


9:30 am - 11:00 am

Breaking Into the Sports Law Industry (New day and time)

For the first time, the SLA conference will be kicking off with the "Breaking into the Sports Industry" panel, giving students and professionals who aspire toward a career in sports the opportunity to learn practical job seeking skills, gain a better understanding of careers in sports, and participate in a live interactive seminar with some of the industry's best professionals. Participants will be able to use the knowledge and skills learned in this presentation to improve their experience throughout the week! We hope you will join us.

Sam Renaut
Associate Director, Sports Law & Business Program, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ

Buffy Filippel
TeamWork Online, Cleveland, OH

Stephanie N. Galvin
Associate Counsel, Miami Marlins, Miami, FL

David J. Lisko
Associate, Holland and Knight, Tampa, FL

Stacey R. Preston
Director of Strategic Initiatives, NCAA, Indianapolis, IN

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Networking Reception & New Members Reception
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12:15 pm - 12:25 pm

SLA 2018 Annual Conference Welcome

Nona Lee
Sports Lawyers Association President
Senior Vice President & Chief Legal Officer, Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix, AZ

12:25 pm - 12:30 pm

Opening Remarks

Allison Rich
2018 SLA Annual Conference Chair
Senior Associate Director of Athletics, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

David Bokman
Managing Director, Head of Family Office Resources
Morgan Stanley, New York, NY

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

An Overview of Recent Legal Developments in Sports

Gabe A. Feldman
Paul and Abram B. Barron Professor of Law, Tulane Law School;
Director, Tulane Sports Law Program; Associate Provost for NCAA Compliance, Tulane University;
Mediator/Arbitrator, MAPS, New Orleans, LA

Matthew J. Mitten
Professor of Law and Executive Director, National Sports Law Institute, Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, WI;
Member, Court of Arbitration for Sport, Lausanne, Switzerland;
SLA Past President

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

The Quantified Athlete: Legal Perspectives on Wearable Technology and Data in Professional and Collegiate Sports

Brian R. Socolow
Co-Chair, Sports Practice, Loeb & Loeb LLP , New York, NY

Jodi S. Balsam
Associate Professor of Clinical Law and Director of Externship Programs, Brooklyn, NY

Oliver Luck
Executive Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, NCAA, Indianapolis, IN

Mark A. Merolli
Senior Counsel, Connected Fitness, Under Armour, Boston, MA

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Refreshment Break
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3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Since When are Potential Violations of NCAA Rules Considered a Criminal Offense?

Naima Stevenson Starks
Deputy General Counsel, NCAA

John D. Buretta
Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP, New York, NY

Christopher P. Conniff
Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP, New York, NY

Gary R. Roberts
President, Bradley University, Peoria, IL

John Thompson III
Board of Directors, National Association of Basketbal Coaches, Kansas City, MO

5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Challenges and Changes in Delivery of Sports Content: Legal Challenges and Business Realities

Robert "Bobby" Hacker
Principal, Robert A. Hacker Attorney At Law, Marina del Rey, CA

John Oliverius
Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs and Distribution, Pac-12, Networks, San Francisco, CA

Brett Goodman
General Counsel, NBC Sports Group, Stamford, CT

Sarah Horvitz
Vice President, Deputy General Counsel for MLB Advanced Media, New York, NY

Thomas Knapp
Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs, CBS Sports Digital, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

6:15 pm - 7:15 pm

Opening Reception
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Friday, May 18

7:30 am - 5:00 pm


7:30 am - 8:30 am

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7:30 am - 8:30 am

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7:30 am - 8:30 am

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST Outreach Captains' Breakfast
(by invite only)

8:30 am - 10:30 am

Ethical and Counseling Dilemmas Faced by Corporate Counsel in the #Me Too Era: Counselor or Whistleblower?

Mary Kay Braza
Chair, Sports Industry Team, Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee, WI

Robert A. DuPuy
Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP, New York, NY

Jeremy M. Evans
Managing Attorney, California Sports Lawyer, Los Angeles, CA

Stephanie A. Jarvis
Principal, SJarvis Consulting; Lecturer, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Scottsdale, AZ

Norman Wain
General Counsel and Chief of Business Affairs, USA Track & Field, Indianapolis, IN

Robert E. Wallace, Jr.
Partner and Chairman of the Sports Law Group, Thompson Coburn LLP, St Louis, MO

Maureen A. Weston
Professor, Pepperdine School of Law, Malibu, CA

10:30 am - 10:45 am

Refreshment Break
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10:45 am - Noon

You Want to Play for Someone Else?! The High Stakes Game of Moving Players Across Borders in Soccer and Baseball

Jeffrey G. Benz
JAMS and 4 New Square Barristers (CAS arbitrator and mediator), Los Angeles, CA

Ian Penny
General Counsel, MLBPA, New York, NY

Marcos Motta
Partner, Bichara & Motta Advogados, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Alasdair Bell
Legal Director and General Counsel, UEFA, Nyon, Switzerland

12:10 pm - 1:30 pm

SLA Luncheon

Moderated by SLA President, Nona Lee

  • SLA 2018 Philanthropy Initiative
  • SLA 2018 Michael Weiner Sports Lawyers Association Award of Excellence
  • SLA 2018 Sixth Annual Law Student Writing Competition Awards
    first, second, and third place winners to be announced
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1:45 pm - 3:45 pm

(only for certified contract advisors)

Tom DePaso
General Counsel, NFLPA, Washington, DC

Ned Ehrlich
Associate General Counsel, NFLPA, Washington, DC

Todd Flanagan
Staff Counsel, NFLPA, Washington, DC

Mark Levin
Director of Salary Cap and Agent Administration, NFLPA, Washington, DC


The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) Update: Recent Developments in Procedure and Disputes Involving the Olympic Games, Soccer, Doping and Sport Governance

Matthieu Reeb
Secretary General, Court of Arbitration for Sport, Lausanne, Switzerland

Jeffrey G. Benz
JAMS and 4 New Square Barristers (CAS arbitrator and mediator), Los Angeles, CA

Michael Lenard
Vice President, International Council of Arbitration for Sport, Los Angeles, CA

Brent J. Nowicki
Legal Counsel, CAS Managing Counsel, Lausanne, Switzerland

Professor Martin Schimke
Counsel, Bird & Bird (CAS arbitrator and mediator) Dusseldorf, Germany


1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Shall We Play a Game? Evolving Legal Issues in eSports

Hal Biagas
President and Founder, Sideline Sports Management; Executive Director, LCS Payer Association, New York, NY

Bryce Blum
Founder, ESG Law; Executive Vice President, Catalyst Sports & Media, Seattle, WA

Ari Segal
President & Chief Operating Officer, Immortals, Los Angeles, CA

Bobby Sharma
President, Blue Devil Holdings LLC; Managing Partner, Electronic Sports Group, New York, NY

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Effective Sponsorship Negotiation: Preventing the Name Game from Becoming the Blame Game

Stokely G. Caldwell, Jr.
Partner, Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, PA, Charlotte, NC

Richard L. Brand
Managing Partner, Sports Practice Group, Arent Fox LLP, San Francisco, CA

Jeffrey B. Gewirtz
Executive Vice President of Business Affairs and Chief Legal & Compliance Officer, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, Brooklyn, NY

Amy Minniti
Deputy General Counsel, Comcast Spectacor, Philadelphia, PA


Supreme Court Sports Betting Case: Issues and Future Directions

Ryan M. Rodenberg
Associate Professor, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Kate C. Lowenhar-Fisher
U.S. Gaming & Hospitality Practice Group/Leader, Dickinson Wright PLLC, Las Vegas, NV

Tom McMillen
Chief Executive Officer, LEAD1 Association; Former U.S. Congressman (Maryland), Washington, DC

Tom Russell
Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Genius Sports Group, London, England

Sara Slane
American Gaming Association, Washington, DC

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Refreshment Break
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4:00 pm - 4:55 pm


Session A: Lawyers in the Front Office

Gabe A. Feldman
Paul and Abram B. Barron Professor of Law, Tulane Law School;
Director, Tulane Sports Law Program;
Associate Provost for NCAA Compliance, Tulane University;
Mediator/Arbitrator, MAPS, New Orleans, LA

Jean Afterman
Senior Vice President, Assistant General Manager, New York Yankees, New York, NY

Michael B. Tannenbaum
Executive Vice President, Football Operations, Miami Dolphins, Miami FL

Session B: Gender Equity: Pay, Sponsorships and Media Coverage

Jayma M. Meyer
Counsel, Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett, LLP,
Visiting Clinical Professor, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Lisa Baird
Chief Marketing Officer, United States Olympic Committee, Colorado Springs, CO

Cheryl Cooky
Associate Professor, American Studies, Purdue University
Author of Slam Dunk: Gender Sport and Unevenness of Social Change, West Lafayette, IN

Fatima Goss Graves
Chief Executive Officer and President, National Women's Law Center, Washington, DC

Session C: Teaching Sports Law

Ilhyung Lee
Edward W. Hinton Professor of Law, Senior Fellow, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Caleb Jay
General Counsel, Arizona Diamondbacks; Adjunct Professor, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ

Dionne L. Koller
Professor of Law Director, Center for Sports and the Law, University of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

Session D: The Current Landscape & Considerations for Transgender Inclusion in Sport

Chris Mosier
Vice President, You Can Play; Founder,, Chicago, IL

Andrew Haywood
Partner, Penningtons & Manches, London, England

Ashland Johnson
Director of Public Education and Research, Human Rights Campaign, Washington, DC

Asaf Orr
NCLR, San Francisco, CA

Session E: Building an Athlete Brand in the #21stCentury

Brandon Leopoldus
Founder, Brandon Leopoldus, Esq., Los Angeles, CA

Melanie Schnoll Begun
Managing Director, Head of Philanthropy Management, Morgan Stanley, New York, NY

C. Anthony Mulrain
Co-Chair, Sports Law Practice, Mintz Levin, New York, NY

Rand Sacks
President, The Sacks Group, PLLC, Washington, DC

Session F: Fair or Foul? Competition and Antitrust Issues in Sanctioning International Sporting Events

Michele Bernasconi
Partner, Bär & Karrer (UEFA outside counsel), Zurich, Switzerland

Massimo Coccia
Partner, Coccia De Angelis & Associati, Rome, Italy

Benoît Keane
Founder, Keane Legal, Brussels, Belgium

Session G: Mock Sports Doping Arbitration Hearing & Debrief
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm – Part I: Hearing
5:20 pm - 6:00 pm – Part II: Debrief

Maureen Weston
Professor of Law, Pepperdine School of Law, Malibu, CA

Ricardo de Buen
Founding and Managing Partner, de Buen Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico

Paul J. Greene
Attorney, Founder, Global Sports Advocates LLP, Portland, ME

Matthew J. Mitten
Professor of Law and Executive Director, National Sports Law Institute, Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, WI;
Member, Court of Arbitration for Sport, Lausanne, Switzerland;
SLA Past President

Cameron A. Myler
New York University, Tisch Institute for Sport, New York, NY

Obadele Thompson
Associate, King & Spading LLP, Houston, TX

Ross Wenzel
Attorney at Law, Solicitor, Partner, Kellerhals Carrard, Lausanne, Switzerland

Session H: Moving Athletes In and Out of the United States: New Policy, Anecdotes and Pointers From Attorneys, Agents and Team Officials

Jon Velie
Sports Immigration Attorney, Velie Law Firm, Norman, OK

Nic Benson
Deputy Commissioner, Major League Rugby, Salt Lake City, UT

Shawn Marette
Senior Manager, Player Development, Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix, AZ

Andrew Maloney
Agent, Maloney & Thompson, Toronto, Canada

Daniel F. Van Woerkom
Agent, Van Woerkom Law, Provo, UT

Session I: Sports Law Considerations for University Counsel

Glenn M. Wong
Executive Director, Sports Law & Business Program Distinguished Professor of Practice - Sports Law, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ

Michael W. Ford
Senior University Counsel for Tax, Corporations & Athletics, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Kevin S. Reed
Vice President & General Counsel, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Laura Warren
Senior Associate General Counsel, DePaul University, Chicago, IL

Session J: Hot Issues for In-House Counsel

Richard M. Thigpen
General Counsel, Carolina Panthers, Charlotte, NC

Ashwin Krishnan
Vice President & General Counsel, Marlins, Miami, FL

Jill Ormandy
Senior Counsel, Nashville Predators | Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN

Joe Pierce
Vice President & General Counsel, Charlotte Hornets, Charlotte, NC

Myles C. Pistorius
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Miami Dolphins, Miami, FL

Session K: Sweepstakes, Promotions, Contests and Legal Challenges

Nyea Sturman
General Counsel, Orlando Magic, Orlando, FL

Nerissa Coyle McGinn
Partner, Partner and Chief Diversity Partner, Loeb & Loeb, Chicago, IL

Meredith Hillman
Vice President, Managing Director, HelloWorld Inc.

Session L: An Attorney's Role in Youth Sports Governance

Casey Jorgensen (invited to speak)
General Counsel, USA Hockey, Colorado Springs, CO

Sonja S. Keating
General Counsel, U.S. Equestrian Federation, Lexington, KY

Session M: NCAA Infractions Process: How Are Decisions About NCAA Rules Violations Made?

Naima Stevenson Starks
Deputy General Counsel, NCAA, Indianapolis, IN

Christopher L. Griffin
Griffin Mediation, Tampa, FL

Patricia C. Ohlendorf
Vice President, Legal Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

Session N: Class Action Considerations for Attorneys

Elise M. Bloom
Member of the Firm, Proskauer, New York, NY

Daniel L. Nash
Partner, Akin Gump, Washington, DC

5:00 pm - 5:55 pm

Breakout Session #2
(same topics and rooms as previous sessions)

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

SLA President's Reception
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Saturday, May 19

8:00 am - 3:00 pm


8:00 am - 9:30 am

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8:00 am - 9:30 am

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8:30 am - 9:30 am

INTERNATIONAL BREAKFAST (pre-registration required)
Informal networking event for our international attendees and others wishing to participate.
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9:30 am - 11:00 am


Abraham D. Madkour
Executive Editor, SportsBusiness Journal/SportsBusiness Daily

Steven A. Fehr
Special Counsel, NHLPA

Bob Foose
Executive Director, MLS Players Union

Ron Klempner
Senior Counsel, Collective Bargaining, NBPA

Ian Penny
General Counsel, MLBPA

DeMaurice F. Smith
Executive Director, National Football League Players Association

11:00 am - 11:15 am

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11:15 am - 12:45 pm

GENERAL COUNSELS' FORUM (invited to speak)

Abraham D. Madkour
Executive Editor, SportsBusiness Journal/SportsBusiness Daily

Adolpho A. Birch III
Senior Vice President of Labor Policy and Government Affairs, NFL

William Daly
Deputy Commissioner, NHL

Jamin Dershowitz
General Counsel, WNBA

Daniel Halem
General Counsel, MLB

William Z. Ordower
Executive Vice President and General Counsel, MLS

Daniel Rube
Executive Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, NBA

12:45 pm

Meeting Adjourns

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