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Indianapolis, IN

Sports Lawyers Association and Sports Circle Indy Event Hosted by Quarles & Brady

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The Biggest Challenges Facing The Olympic Movement
You've seen the stories. You've read the headlines. This is a rare opportunity to hear directly from the USOPC and governing bodies both inside and outside of Indianapolis.

From sexual abuse to board and governance issues, and everything in between, come learn from the insiders who are on the front line of addressing these issues, especially as we head into the Olympic Games in Tokyo next summer. Panelists will delve into these issues and their preparations for the upcoming Olympic Games.

Chris McCleary, United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee General Counsel
Sonja Keating, US Equestrian General Counsel & Senior Vice President
Casey Jorgensen, USA Hockey General Counsel
Mark Busby, USA Gymnastics Legal Counsel
Norman Wain, USATF General Counsel, Chief of Business & Legal Affairs

Moderated by: Joel Tragesser, Quarles & Brady, Partner

If you have questions about the program, please contact Joel Tragesser or call 317-399-2811; or at 317-496-9519.

11:30 a.m. – Noon (EDT)
Registration & Lunch Noon – 1:00 p.m. | Seminar

BMO Plaza Conference Center
Quarles & Brady
135 North Pennsylvania Street, Suite 700
Indianapolis, IN 46204

$15.00 per person (with a Sports Circle Indy membership)
$30.00 per person

* CLE will be applied for in Indiana

Space is limited.

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Brooklyn, NY

The Evolution of the Modern-day Student-athlete and the NCAA's Amateurism Regulations

Please join us on November 4th at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, NY for a discussion on the evolution of the modern-day student-athlete and the NCAA's amateurism regulations. A highly esteemed panel will discuss the complexities surrounding potential modifications to NCAA rules concerning the use of a student-athletes name, image, and likeness. The discussion will address recently proposed state and federal legislation and its impact on the current collegiate model.

5:45 pm | Registration
6:00-7:00 pm | Panel Discussion at Barclay's Center, Suite Level B
7:30 pm | Brooklyn Nets v. New Orleans Pelicans. Networking mixer for SLA members during the game in the Honda Club. Tickets to access the Honda Club may be purchased for $125.


Robert Boland, Athletic Integrity Officer, Pennsylvania State University
In his current role, Boland has been charged with oversight and reporting of internal and external investigations into athletics. Boland chairs the University’s Athletics Integrity Council, a group that brings together senior administrators and faculty to review matters related to athletics and reports to the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer and the Board of Trustees. Boland joined Penn State from Ohio University, where he was a faculty member and directed the MBA/Masters in Sports Administration program. He spent the prior 14 years at New York University. First, as founding faculty in its Masters in Sports Business program; later as Academic Chair of NYU’s Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management, He also taught Sports Law at NYU Law School. Boland possesses 20 years of legal experience has been an administrative law judge in New York City, a confidential assistant to a State Supreme Court Justice and an assistant district attorney. For more than a decade he was an active player agent negotiating more than 100 sports contracts and endorsement agreements. Boland earned varsity letters in football and wrestling at Columbia University. After graduation, he worked in collegiate athletics at Columbia and the University of Tennessee, before attending law school at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law.

Allison Rich, Senior Associate Athletics Director/SWA, Princeton University
With Princeton Athletics since 2013, Allison has been working in athletics administration since 1995, holding senior positions at Florida State University, Cal State Fullerton, University of the Pacific, and Loyola University Chicago, in addition to working at the NCAA in legislative and membership services, and as a consultant for JMI Sports LLC. Allison holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton, a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law, and an Ed. D. from the University of the Pacific. She is a member of the Sports Lawyers Association’s Board of Directors, for which she has chaired multiple committees including sponsorship, philanthropy, and the 2018 Annual Conference. She is also a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics; Women Leaders on College Sports; NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee; NCAA Division I Council Working Group on Enforcement and the Infractions Process; Women’s Sports Foundation Sports Advocacy Network; American Bar Association, Sports Law Group; Illinois State Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section; Chicago Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Sports Law Committees.

Naima Stevenson Starks, Vice President of Hearing Operations, NCAA
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Stevenson Starks joined the NCAA’s office of legal affairs in May 2006 as assistant general counsel after a career as a private attorney at Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, D.C. She was hired in part to provide legal support and expertise to the Association’s infractions process. After being promoted to associate general counsel and deputy general counsel, she was also named managing director of academic and membership affairs in 2016 and combined those roles while keeping her deputy general counsel duties. Stevenson Starks is a graduate of Harvard Law School and earned her undergraduate degree at Maryland, where she majored in government and politics and Afro-American studies. She is married to Stephen Starks, vice president of promoter and media partner relations for IndyCar. They have two children: Aubrey, 6, and Ellery, 2.

Moderator - Kevin Burton, Associate Athletics Director for Compliance, Columbia University
At Columbia, Burton oversees all compliance efforts for 31 NCAA Division I sports programs and 800 student-athletes. Burton arrived at Columbia in August of 2014 after practicing law at several New York law firms. In addition to his legal background, Burton co-founded Infinite Athletics, LLC, a New York City-based youth organization whose mission surrounds imparting life lessons through the game of basketball. Burton is also an adjunct faculty member at New York University’s Tisch Institute for Global Sport where he teaches the courses, Collegiate Athletic Departments and College Sports Operations. Burton graduated from Boston University in 2006 with a degree in Political Science and Public Policy and was a member of the Terriers basketball team. Burton went on to earn his J.D. from the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center at Touro College in 2010 and a graduate certificate in Sports Business from New York University in 2014.

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Cambridge, MA

Hot Legal Issues in International Sports Law

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Join the SLA the Sports and Entertainment Law Initiative at Harvard Law School and the Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law for a panel discussion on Hot Legal Issues in International Sports Law as Tokyo 2020 nears.

Topics will include the eligibility rules that athletes (and coaches) must obey, field of play decisions, anti-doping matters and the commercialization of Olympic sports.

November 6, 2019

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Harvard Law School
Wasserstein Hall, Room 3016


Paul Greene (Moderator) | Founder of Global Sports Advocates
Recognized as one of the world's leading sports lawyers, Mr. Greene has handled sports law matters around the world, including hearings before the International Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland, which is known as the "Supreme Court for Sports Law." A nationally and internationally renowned sports-law speaker, author, and teacher, Paul has represented athletes (from 20+ countries and 30+ different sports), sports federations, and national Olympic committees in his career.

Cameron Myler | Retired Four-Time Olympian; Lawyer, Arbitrator, and NYU Clinical Professor
Prof. Myler is a 4x Olympian, 7x National Champion, 9x U.S. Female Luge Athlete of the Year, and 11x World Cup medalist. After retiring from Olympic competition, she attended B.C. Law School and then practiced for a decade in NYC. As a faculty member at NYU's Tisch Institute for Global Sports since 2011, Prof. Myler has focused on legal and governance issues in Olympic and international sport. Prof. Myler is also an arbitrator and has heard cases both before AAA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Renaldo Nehemiah | Retired World-Champion Hurdler and NFL Player; Founder, Athletics Promotion Ltd.
A '97 USATF Hall of Fame inductee, Mr. Nehemiah was the world's top-ranked high-hurdler from '78-'81—a span in which he won the Pan-Am Games and World Cup, and became the first athlete to run break 13 seconds in the high hurdles. A 3x NCAA Champ, he likely would've won the Olympic Gold but for the U.S. boycotting the '80 Games. An NFL player from '82-85 (and '84 Super Bowl Champ), Mr. Nehemiah now runs a marketing firm, representing international track & field stars (e.g., Justin Gatlin).

Norman Wain | General Counsel, Chief of Business & Legal Affairs at USA Track & Field (USATF)
Mr. Wain oversees USATF's legal department, which includes negotiating all contracts, managing corporate governance, handling anti-doping matters, overseeing litigation, and managing the Athlete Representative program. Previously, he was VP – Corporate Legal Affairs at the publicly traded, billion-dollar retailer, Finish Line. Mr. Wain also serves on the Sports Lawyers Association's national board of directors, chairs Law In Sport's advisory board, and teaches sports law at Indiana University.

San Francisco, CA

Discussion of Recent California Sports and Entertainment Topics / Mixer

November 14, 2019

Please join Seyfarth Shaw, the Pac-12, and SLA for a discussion of recent California sports and entertainment topics including SB-206 and its impact on the collegiate amateurism model, AB-5 and its impact on the independent contractor/employee distinction for sports entities, and the recent Ninth Circuit decision in Dawson, amongst other interesting topics. A mixer for all attendees and tour of Pac-12 Conference and Networks will be included.

When: November 14th, 2019
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Where: Pac-12
360 3rd Street
3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94107

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