Many TJSL graduates have gone on to careers in the entertainment and sports industries in positions ranging from managing intellectual property in advertising portfolios to representing professional athletes to serving as the general manager of a major league baseball team. A recent TJSL graduate began her career with the Beverly Hills Sports Council.
Students interested in a career in amateur or professional sports should consider participating in TJSL Sports Law Center which provides special programming and opportunities to network with lawyers practicing in a variety of sports-law related areas.
Preparing yourself for a career in these competitive fields requires a firm grounding in contracts as well as copyright, trademark, and privacy law. TJSL prides itself in providing these foundational courses regularly so that students can take them early in their law school careers and then move on to more advanced entertainment and sports electives. TJSL's Sports Law Society is one of the most active student groups on campus. It has presented numerous, highly successful conferences providing invaluable networking opportunities with lawyers working in both professional and college sports. Like all TJSL faculty, the professors who teach foundational and advanced courses in the entertainment and sports areas have open door policies and encourage students to work directly with them on papers as well as research and advocacy projects. Through our cutting edge externship program, TJSL students also regularly earn law school credit working in entertainment-and sports-related fields.
Also, visit The Center for Sports Law & Policy.
Amateur Sports Law
Labor Relations & Collective Bargaining in Professional Sports
Professional Sports Law
Sports Law Infractions and Compliance
World Trade Organization Law
Professor Rodney Smith (Contracts, Amateur Sports Law) received his J.D. with honors from Brigham Young University, and his LL.M and SJD from the University of Pennsylvania. He currently serves as a Distinguished Professor of Law. Professor Smith previously served as President of Southern Virginia University, is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Liberal Education, and recently served as a Visiting Professor at the Washington and Lee College of Law. He held the Herff Chair of Excellence in Law and was serving as interim dean at the University of Memphis immediately prior to his service at Southern Virginia University. He is also the former dean at the schools of law at Capital University, the University of Montana, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and he taught on the faculties of the University of North Dakota, Widener University, Brigham Young University, and the University of San Diego law schools. Professor Smith is the author or co-author Sports Law and Sports Law and Regulation: Cases, Materials and Problems, a leading course book for undergraduate and graduate sports management classes. His most recent sports related work "The BCS and Big-Time Intercollegiate Football Receive an ‘F’: Reforming a Failed System" will be published in the Wake Forest Journal of Law and Policy.
Professor K.J. Greene (Contracts, Entertainment Law, Music Law), a Yale Law School graduate, practiced intellectual property and entertainment law in New York at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and at Frankfurt, Garbus, Klein & Selz, where he represented clients such as Time-Warner/HBO, film director Spike Lee, and the rap group Public Enemy. He has published articles in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Rutgers Law Journal and Hastings Communication and Entertainment Law Journal examining the film and music industries, and he has been a featured speaker on motion picture, music and intellectual property issues for the Practicing Law Institute's seminar titled "Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry," the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyer Association, and the ABA's Section on Intellectual Property Law. His 2008 articles include "There's No Business Like Show Business: Using Multimedia Materials to Teach Entertainment Law" and "Intellectual Property Expansion: The Good, the Bad and the Right of Publicity". Professor Greene was selected by peers in the San Diego Intellectual Property (IP) Bar as one of the Top Ten Intellectual Property Attorneys in San Diego in 2005.
Associate Professor Julie Cromer Young (Copyright), a graduate of Harvard Law School, practiced law in Chicago before becoming TJSL's primary copyright teacher in 2003. Her article, "Harry Potter and the Three-Second Crime: Are We Vanishing the De Minimis Defense from Copyright Law?", was recently selected for inclusion in the Thomson West publication Intellectual Property Law Review as one of the best law review articles about intellectual property in 2006. Her current research focuses on the copyright implications of privatizing geospatial data collected as a result of remote sensing activity. She is the director of TJSL's Center for Law and Intellectual Property.
Associate Professor Deven Desai (Trademark and Unfair Competition, Information Privacy) graduated from Yale Law School, where he was co-editor-in-chief of the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities. He practiced law in Los Angeles with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, focusing on intellectual property and internet-related disputes. Later, he worked as in-house counsel with technology incubation companies and Mattel, Inc., and as a policy and finance consultant for the Cory Booker for Mayor campaign. He regularly presents his scholarship on various aspects of intellectual property at conferences throughout the world, and his work includes Property, Persona, and Preservation, which was published in the Temple Law Review in 2008.
Associate Professor Claire Wright (World Trade Organization Law) is a former law clerk to then-judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg and a former partner at both the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie and the consulting firm of Ernst & Young LLP. She is a recognized expert in international trade, having directed Ernst & Young's World Trade Organization (WTO) Center. She has also taught WTO law at both Stanford Law School and the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego. She is also a member of a committee of the American Law Institute, which publishes a review of the cases decided each year by the WTO. Her article on the impact of governmental subsidies to the film industry "Hollywood's Disappearing Act: International Trade Remedies to Bring Hollywood Home", 39 Akron L. Rev. 739 (2006) demonstrates the impact that international trade law and policy can have on the entertainment industry in the United States.
Associate Professor Sandra Rierson (Trademark and Unfair Competition, Advanced Trademark Seminar) clerked for the Honorable Richard A. Gadbois, in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles and subsequently practiced intellectual property law with LA firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, where she became a partner in 1998. Her recent publications include "IP Remedies after Ebay: Assessing the Impact on Trademark Law" in the Akron Intellectual Property Law Journal.
Assistant Professor of Lawyering Jeff Slattery (Legal Writing with intellectual property-focused problems) parlayed years of music business experience into a thriving art and entertainment law practice, focusing on copyright, trademark, and publicity rights. Throughout his career, Professor Slattery has taught courses in law and business to artists, musicians, authors, and filmmakers, including engagements with California Lawyers for the Arts and the University of Southern California.
Adjunct Professor Thomas Dover (Client Representation, Celebrity Advertising) Thomas is currently a partner within the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Groups of The Eclipse Group LLP. He is an acknowledged expert providing cutting-edge legal strategies focused in the areas of celebrity talent representation, digital rights management, new media, and entertainment law, both in the U.S. and internationally.
Adjunct Professor Randy Grossman (Professional Sports Law) a graduate of Thomas Jefferson School of Law he has represented numerous major league baseball players. He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law and member of the Board of Trustees at Thomas Jefferson and teaches both Professional Sports Law and Trial Practice. Professor Grossman is certified as a player agent by the Major League Baseball Player’s Association and represents former players as well, such as Hall of Famer Dave Winfield and 7-time All-Star Tim Raines. During the course of his career, he has worked with players ranging from Hank Aaron to Willie Mays. Professor Grossman began as a sportscaster for an NBC television affiliate on the nightly news. From there, he went to work for former L.A. Dodger and San Diego Padre Steve Garvey, who had a sports marketing company, where Professor Grossman was exposed to the world of corporate marketing and endorsements for professional athletes. During this period, he worked with clients such as Magic Johnson, Tony Gwynn and Robin Ventura, pairing them with companies such as Canon, Xerox and Rawlings. Professor Grossman now advises the Sports Law Society and helps organize the National Sports Law Negotiation Competition, PAD Mock Trial Competitions held in Las Vegas and Washington, D.C. and the National Baseball Arbitration Competition held at Tulane University Law School. Professor Grossman has traveled to Africa and China on Major League Baseball goodwill tours. He has attended Major League Baseball games at 29 of the 30 current stadiums.
Adjunct Professor Stephen M. Novak (Entertainment Law, Entertainment Law Transactions, The Law of Television and Motion Picture Production, Contracts Drafting, Sports Law), is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Professor Novak served as a federal prosecutor under both President Ronald Reagan's and President Herbert Walker Bush's administration. Over the past 25 years, he has held several of the top legal positions in the professional sports and entertainment industries including General Counsel and interim Director of Operations of the Los Angeles Rams (St. Louis Rams) and Senior Counsel of Fox Broadcasting Company and Senior Counsel of Fox Sports. He has represented many of the top NFL players, including former winners of the Heisman, Outland and Lombardi Trophies. He also represented several NFL head coaches and PGA Tour professionals, as well as local and national television talents. During his time at Fox, he also provided legal services to Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation as well as Harper Collins Publishing Company.
Professor Novak’s television and motion picture experience includes that of senior legal counsel to several made-for-television movies-of-the-week, situational comedies, television specials, tabloid news programs, commercials, television sports events, animated films, children’s network television programming and television dramas. In film, Mr. Novak has produced award-winning documentary feature films, and has served as senior legal counsel to documentaries and feature films. In addition, Mr. Novak has also represented various production companies, national radio talent and still-photography models.