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National Sports Law Negotiation Competition & Symposium 2012

September 28, 2012

Second Annual

National Sports Law Negotiation Competition & Symposium 2012

Friday to Sunday, September 28-30, 2012

Download the NSLNC 2012 Flyer

Download the NSLNC 2012 Brochure

Excitement Builds for TJSL Sports Law Negotiation Competition

Sports Law Negotiation Competition & Symposium a Major League Success

Congratulations to the NSLNC 2012 Champion and all Finalists!


Oklahoma City University School of Law, team of Jarin Giesler and Cameron Feil

Second Place

Southwestern Law School, team of Daniel Dib and Cortni Joyner,

coached by Faculty Advisor Nyree Gray

Third Place

University of California, Hastings College of the Law, team of Olivera Jovanovic and Sarah Mohammadi, coached by Billy Hileman and Faculty Advisor Clint Waasted

Fourth Place

Chapman University School of Law, team of Clay O’Neal and Andrew Mase, coached by Faculty Advisor Nancy Schultz

Thank you to all NSLNC 2012 Participants. The Competition is impossible without you.

History & Vision of the National Sports Law Negotiation Competition

The National Sports Law Negotiation Competition (“NSLNC”) is an annual competition and sports law conference hosted by Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California.  The NSLNC Board consists of five sports and academic professionals and one director who make the organizational decisions for the yearly competition and conference. The students of Thomas Jefferson School of Law, the Center for Sports Law & Policy, and the Sports Law Society are instrumental in making the NSLNC progress forward every year benefiting the sports law community.

The NSLNC was created by sports and academic professionals with the needs and wants of the law student in mind as they enter and succeed in the legal world. The NSLNC’s purpose is to give back to law students a great experience, competition, and place to meet like minds in the sports law world. Our mission is to provide the sports profession with a body of able and ready legal minds, through the negotiation and training of law students with the use of real-life issues affecting athletes, sports franchises, teams, like businesses and entities.

The competition focuses on current issues in the sports world each year and facilitates students, coaches and judges to negotiate and make decisions on these sports topics in an academic setting. The fact patterns allow students to focus on more than one area of sports law, including: contract negotiation, trading of players, salary demands, endorsement contracts, athlete and sports professionals family and personal issues, and intellectual property among others.

It is our hope that you enjoy the yearly competition weekend, which includes a sports law conference, San Diego Padres game in private suites, the competition, and of course meeting future lawyers, agents and current sports professionals and judicial officers from across this great Country and the World in America’s finest city, San Diego, California. Thank you.

Jeremy M. Evans ‘11

National Sports Law Negotiation Competition, Founder & Director 

2012 TEAMS

  • Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law – Tempe, AZ
  • Baylor University School of Law (2 teams) – Waco, TX
  • California Western School of Law (2 teams) – San Diego, CA
  • Chapman University School of Law (2 teams) – Orange, CA
  • Fordham University School of Law (2 teams) – New York, NY
  • George Mason University School of Law – Arlington, VA
  • Golden Gate University School of Law – San Francisco, CA
  • Harvard Law School – Cambridge, MA
  • Marquette University Law School – Milwaukee, WI
  • Oklahoma City University School of Law – Oklahoma City, OK
  • Pace University School of Law – White Plains, NY
  • Santa Clara University School of Law – Santa Clara, CA
  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law (2 teams) – Dallas, TX
  • Southwestern Law School (2 teams) – Los Angeles, CA
  • St. John’s University School of Law – Queens, NY
  • The John Marshall Law School – Chicago, IL
  • The University of Mississippi “Ole Miss” School of Law – University, MS
  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) – Berkeley, CA
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law (2 teams) – San Francisco, CA
  • University of California, Irvine School of Law – Irvine, CA
  • University of California, Los Angeles “UCLA” School of Law (2 teams) – Los Angeles, CA
  • University of Cincinnati College of Law – Cincinnati, OH
  • University of Notre Dame Law School (2 teams) – Notre Dame, IN
  • University of Georgia School of Law (2 teams) – Athens, GA
  • University of San Diego School of Law (2 teams) – San Diego, CA
  • Western State University College of Law (2 teams) – Fullerton, CA
  • Whittier Law School – Costa Mesa, CA
  • Willamette University College of Law – Salem, OR

2012 COMPETITION NOTES – Schedule and Itinerary

  1. Competition Rules/Judge’s Score Sheet & “General Facts” for Rounds One (1) & Two (2), and the Final Round:
    1. Revised Competition Rules & Judge’s Score Sheet
    2. Rules Clarifications
    3. Round One with Confidential Facts
    4. Round Two with Confidential Facts
    5. Final Round with Confidential Facts
    6. Revised Room Assignments
    7. General Orientation for Judges
    8. Judges’ Specifics for Round One
    9. Judges’ Specifics for Round Two
    10. Judges’ Specifics for Final Round
  2. Competition Guidelines/Preliminary
    2. Two teams of two competitors maximum per school (four competitors total), with as many coaches and advisers as preferred ($60.00 per additional person: $60.00 fee includes admission to the Padres game Suite, Competition, Awards Ceremony and Presentation, Gaslamp Mixer, and the Sports Law Symposium). The $60.00 price is not open to the public, but only for traveling advisors and coaches.  See price scale on the NSLNC website for public Sports Law Symposium tickets.
    3. Each visiting team will have a Thomas Jefferson School of Law representative assigned to the team who will be available via email, phone, etc., for questions and concerns before and during the competition. These representatives will be current Thomas Jefferson School of Law students.
    4. Competition Registration fee of $450.00 for two competitors includes:
      • Luxurious Suite for Padres v. Giants baseball game, which includes food and beverage. New Campus tour option before the game.  (Tickets to the game need to be picked up during check-in, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., in the Thomas Jefferson School of Law lobby, at the security desk).PETCO PARK address: 100 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101, P 619.795.5000
      • Preliminary Rounds on Saturday at the Law School in various sports topics. (ALL Negotiations will focus on various sports issues beyond salary negotiations, but may include salary negotiations).
      • Roof-top Ceremony, Awards Presentation, and Announcement of the Four Finalist Teams (light appetizers and refreshments served), 9/29/12, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., at the Law School with a Keynote Speech by Sports Agent, Leigh Steinberg.Sponsored by CONSOR.
      • Gaslamp Mixer, 9/29/12, 9:00 p.m. (528 F Street, San Diego, CA 92101, corner of 6th and F Street):The Gaslamp Mixer will occur at the Double Deuce, open from 9:00 p.m. to Close. Free VIP line and no cover from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Beverage specials all night. Simply say “Thomas Jefferson School of Law” or “National Sports Law Negotiation Competition” at the door and while inside. If any issues or problems, please ask for Ryan O’Leary, Manager.
      • Championship Final Rounds, 9/30/12, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Moot Court Room, 2nd Floor, at the Law School.FINAL ROUND JUDGES INCLUDE:
      • Sports Law Symposium, 9/30/12, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (lunch provided), at the Law School:”Professional Athlete’s Contracts, and Handling and Avoiding Major Infractions in Big-time Athletic Programs: What can we learn from Penn State?PANELISTS INCLUDE:Rick BurtonProfessor at Syracuse University A David B. Falk Distinguished Professor of Sport Management at Syracuse University’s Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. In addition, Professor Burton was recently the Chief Marketing Officer for the United States Olympic Committee during the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.Jack A. GreenAttorney at LawWorked for Converse, Inc., as their Senior Vice President of Administration, General Counsel, and Secretary from 1985-2002. In that role, Jack was responsible for the worldwide legal, patent, trademark and real estate functions of Converse’s $3B multinational athletic footwear and apparel company. Jack is currently a Professor of Management at the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA where he founded the Sports Concentration at the school.Rodney K. Smith, Director of TJSL Center of Sports Law & PolicyFormer President of Southern Virginia University, and Co-Author of one of the nation’s leading casebooks on Sports Law. Professor Smith is the inaugural director of Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s Center for Sports Law & Policy.Brandon LeopoldusInitiative Legal Group, APC After completing a career as a minor league baseball umpire, he worked in the front office of the Mountain Collegiate Baseball League as the Director of Baseball Operations, before attending Thomas Jefferson School of Law and working for Mandalay Sports. Brandon currently works as an Attorney in Los Angeles in areas of Employment, Product Defect, Entertainment, and Sports law.Moderator: Jeremy M. Evans, Owner/Attorney at Law, CSLlegal, Criminal Defense & Sports Law; National Sports Law Negotiation Competition, DirectorHaving served as Student Bar Association President at Thomas Jefferson School of Law (2010-2011), Jeremy passed the California Bar Exam and immediately opened his own practice, concentrating in Criminal Defense and Sports Law. Jeremy was recently elected to the New Lawyer’s Division Board of Directors for the San Diego County Bar Association, and serves on the Alumni Association Board of Directors for Thomas Jefferson School of Law (2012-2013). Jeremy founded the National Sports Law Negotiation Competition while in law school and is the Director of the Competition.
    5. Thomas Jefferson School of Law will not be competiting in the Competition. However, all Thomas Jefferson School of Law students are encouraged to volunteer to help with the Competition and Symposium by emailing All students and guests are encouraged to attend the Symposium (see prices above) and Saturday night social activities.
    6. Law School Address: 1155 Island Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

Thomas Jefferson School of Law School Address:

1155 Island Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

Building Map for NSLNC

The Competition and Symposium will occur on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors of the Law School exclusively, while the 5th floor Student Lounge includes outdoor patio seating and vending machines.  Elevator access is available to the public from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. daily.  In addition, the Grand Staircase allows for access from the 1st floor lobby of the Law School up to the 3rd floor.

Map of Downtown San Diego (including the East Village and Gaslamp District)

The Law School is located on Island Avenue in the East Village between 11th and 12th Avenues (Park Blvd.).  Hotel Indigo is located on the corner of Island Avenue and 9th Avenue; Marriot Gaslamp Quarter is located on the corner of K Street and 7th Avenue; The Westgate Hotel is located on the corner of Broadway and 2nd Avenue.  Petco Park and the Gaslamp District are mere blocks from the Law School and recommended hotels.

San Diego Trolley Map

Thomas Jefferson School of Law is located at the Park & Market stop.  However, trolley use is not necessary if you are staying at Hotel Indigo or the Marriot Gaslamp Quarter, but we recommend taking the trolley from The Westgate Hotel at the Civic Center stop to the Park and Market Law School stop (all day use $5.00).  You can also walk to the Friday night (9/28/12) Padres v. Giants game at Petco Park and the Saturday (9/29/12) Gaslamp mixer from the recommended sponsored hotels and the Law School.  The competition and roof-top ceremony are located at the Law School.


Friday, September 28 through Sunday, September 30, 2012

Hotel Indigo San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

Rate: $219.00 per night (1.5 blocks from the Law School) (refer to “NSLNC 2012” or National Sports Law Negotiation Competition when making your reservation)

509 9th Avenue

San Diego, CA 92101

P 619.727.4000

Reserved Rate Site

San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter

Please call/email using the contact information below (7 blocks from the Law School) (refer to Thomas Jefferson School of Law “NSLNC 2012” or National Sports Law Negotiation Competition when making your reservation)

660 K Street

San Diego, CA 92101

Laurie Vollmer, IBT Sales Manager

D 619.446.6066

The Westgate Hotel

Rate: $179.00 per night (1 mile from the Law School) (refer to “NSLNC 2012” or National Sports Law Negotiation Competition when making yourreservation)

1055 Second Avenue

San Diego, CA 92101

P 800.522.1564

Anna Geiss-Travis

D 619-238-1818

*All hotel rates subject to availability so book fast.  There is a city-wide convention the weekend of the Competition so make your reservations as soon as possible.  Please use the hotel contacts as provided.


When booking your flights, please remember:

  • The San Diego International Airport is a very short ride to the Law School/Downtown and our recommended hotels for a fare of $10-15 one-way.
  • Fly into the San Diego International Airport (“SAN”) before Friday or by Friday 9/28.  The Padres v. Giants game starts at 7:05 p.m., Friday the 28.
  • Check-in occurs at the Law School before the game in the first floor lobby from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • The Final Round of the competition on Sunday the 25 will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the Sports Law Symposium with lunch will follow for two-three hours.  Flying out by 5:00 p.m. will suffice, but any earlier you may miss the Final Round of the Competition and/or the Sports Law Symposium. Times subject to slight change.
  • Note to all teams traveling from Los Angeles to San Diego: the 405 Freeway will be closed from the 10 Freeway to the 101 Freeway from 9/28-9.29.  Plan accordingly.

East Village/Gaslamp District Eateries & Entertainment

A Special Thank you to our event sponsor CONSOR



Director: Jeremy M. Evans ’11 (

Alumni Advisor: Brandon Leopoldus ’10  

Sports Law/Adjunct Faculty Advisor: Randy Grossman ’94

Center for Sports Law & Policy Advisor: Rodney Smith

ADR Faculty Advisor: Paul Spiegelman

Special Assistants to the Director: Samuel Ehrlich and Jonathan Stahler