The mission of the Center for Sports Law and Policy (CSLP) is to integrate Thomas Jefferson School of Law (TJSL) with, and prepare its students for employment in, the growing sports industry. With its emphasis on both professional, amateur and international sports law and policy, its location in San Diego, and its involvement with the three other centers of academic excellence at TJSL, the Center is ideally suited to become a major force in dealing with sports law and policy issues and preparing its students for involvement in the industry. Unlike any other Center located at a Law School in the United States, the CLSP is committed, through hosting of conferences and preparing of whitepapers, to helping find solutions to the major problems in the sports industry. As they are engaged in the work of the Center’s mission to help find viable solutions to the major problems confronting the sports industry in the 21st century, students learn skills as problem-solvers. Students participate in developing whitepapers, hosting conferences, and studying sports law and policy in a curriculum specifically designed to emphasize problem-solving skills.
The centerpiece of the CSLP is its certificate program that permits students to emphasize sports law and policy as a part of their legal education. As a part of this certificate program, students will be required to take fifteen (15) units in the rich sports law and related course curriculum at TJSL. Required courses include: Amateur Sports Law (2 units); Professional Sports Law (2 units); International Sports Law (2 units) and Internship in Sports Law (3 units); and a special projects or independent study (paper or project) under the supervision of a faculty member associated with the Center on a topic related to the sports industry (2 units.) In addition to those eleven (11) required units, students will take four additional units in sports law or related courses, such as Infractions and Compliance (2 units); Collective Bargaining in Professional Sports (2 units); Race and Gender in Sports (2 units); Contract Drafting in the Sports Context; or other independent studies, seminars or (2 unit) courses in sports law. With approval of the Director of the CSLP, students may also satisfy this four credit elective requirement by taking courses in TJSL’s rich curriculum in a subject matter that relates to the sports industry, in which the student may either write a major sports-related paper or complete a sports-related project.
As part of the Certificate Program, students will also be expected to participate in the policy-related work of the Center described in the following section. Students and faculty will also work with our Sports Law Society and our graduates working or interested in the sports industry in hosting various activities, including the National Sports Law Negotiation Competition, which is sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson School of Law. In fulfilling its mission of preparing students for engagement with and employment in the sports industry, the CSLP is committed to helping students understand how theory, practice and policy are integrated in solving problems in the sports law and policy area.
Law and Policy
The CSLP is unique in its capacity to engage in research and study regarding sports law and policy related topics. Through the work of the CSLP, TJSL is committed to being a leader in the study of sports law and policy issues. Sports are a major force in our economy and culture, but it is rarely studied in depth. In the United States, it has been reported that we spend more dollars on sports than on education. Our nation’s media also provide more time and space (coverage) for sports and sports-related issues than for other issues covered in education. If such issues are studied in disciplinary isolation (e.g., articles in legal or business journals), the analysis is inadequate. The issues do not arise in isolation, in a disciplinary sense, so effective study of those issues requires cross-disciplinary study and research. As a free-standing, non-profit law school, TJSL is specially situated to build bridges with other major academic and professional entities and organizations throughout the world and is committed to doing so.
Students will be directly involved with faculty in hosting conferences, symposia and speakers. Students and faculty will also work jointly on projects and the generation of white-papers and other materials designed to contribute to improved policymaking in the sports law and policy area. With its recognition that policymaking and problem solving in the sports industry is by its very nature cross-disciplinary, students and faculty associated with the CSLP will work with those who are not necessarily lawyers within the industry to endeavor to find viable solutions to issues in the sports law and policy area.
The CSLP is committed to being a leader nationally and internationally in the sports law and policy area. By providing students with an engaging and balanced curriculum and opportunities to be involved with leading lawyers and policymakers in the sports industry, the CSLP offers students a unique opportunity to pursue their legal education and interest in sports law and policy.
We encourage students to visit campus, attend classes, talk with students and faculty and see for themselves whether they would benefit from being associated with the CSLP, with its commitment to being a leader in the sports law and policy area.
About the Director of the Center for Sports Law & Policy at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Jeremy M. Evans, Esq.
Jeremy is the Managing Attorney and Owner of the California Sports Lawyer firm, representing sports and entertainment professionals in contract drafting, negotiations, licensing and career growth. Jeremy provides legal advice and general counsel services for businesses, which includes development, document and agreement drafting, review, negotiations, protection and compliance. Jeremy is a “Finalist and Winner” (1 of 10 attorneys out of 400 nominations) for the “San Diego County Outstanding Young Attorney for 2013!” award, as nominated by his peers through The Daily Transcript. Jeremy is rated 10.0 out of 10.0 by his peers and clients on the lawyer rating service AVVO.com.
Jeremy is the Director of the Center for Sports Law & Policy at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. For 2014, Jeremy is the Diversity Fellowship Program Director with the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) in conjunction with the Association of Corporate Counsel. In November 2013, Jeremy was elected as the Vice Chair of the Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the SDCBA, where he also serves and was elected to the New Lawyer's Division Board of Directors for the SDCBA for the 2012-2014 term, and is the Mentoring Liaison/SDCBA Mentoring Committee Representative (2013-2014) and former co-chair of the Continuing Legal Education committee (2012-2013). Jeremy was elected as Vice-President of the Alumni Association of Thomas Jefferson School of Law Board of Directors for the 2013-2014 term. Jeremy has served on the Board of Directors since being elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2013 for the 2012-2013 and 2013-2015 terms, respectively, where he serves and has chaired the following committees: Bylaw (Chair), Alumni Outreach (Chair), Padres, and Annual Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament benefiting the Veterans Legal Assistance Program (former Chair). He is also on the Editorial Staff and is a Contributor for the San Diego Lawyer Magazine.
Jeremy attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, emphasis in American Politics. He graduated Law School in San Diego from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where he served as President of the Student Bar Association, and Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Jeffersonian. Jeremy received the 2014 A. Thomas Golden Honorary Alumnus of the Year Award as selected by Thomas Jefferson School of Law alumni, students, faculty, and staff.
While in law school, Jeremy competed three times in the National Baseball Arbitration Competition held in New Orleans and currently manages the Thomas Jefferson School of Law competition team, which won the 2012 Championship. Jeremy is the Founder and Director of the National Sports Law Negotiation Competition, a nationally recognized sports law competition and conference, which is held by Center for Sports Law & Policy at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.
Prior to opening the firm, Jeremy worked as a graduate law clerk and staff attorney with the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego, Central Division, advising judges and commissioners in civil and criminal law and motion matters. For two years during law school, Jeremy worked for the Office of the Public Defender for the County of San Diego and a civil business and constitutional litigation firm as a Certified Legal Intern. Prior to law school, Jeremy worked in finance for the number one business-only litigation firm in the country, Quinn Emanuel Uquhart & Sullivan LLP in Los Angeles, and prior to that was in politics, working for a California State Senator as a legislative aide and field representative. Jeremy holds a Certificate as a Certified Political Consultant-Campaign Manager, from the National Institute of Politics.
Jeremy is a member of the State Bar of California, the San Diego County Bar Association, and the San Diego Entertainment & Sports Lawyers. He is licensed to practice law before all courts in the State of California and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. Jeremy is also licensed as in-house counsel in the State of Arizona pursuant to Supreme Court rule 38(i)(3).
Programs Planned for 2014
September 19-21, 2014 in San Diego, CA at Thomas Jefferson School of Law: Annual Sports Law Conference with the National Sports Law Negotiation Competition. The Conference and National Sports Law Negotiation Competition brings practitioners and other sports law and policy figures together to discuss major issues in professional and amateur sports.