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National Sports Negotiation Competition and Symposium Coming to TJSL

September 23, 2011


Thomas Jefferson School of Law is hosting the first National Sports Law Negotiation Competition that will bring 15 law schools and 40 competitors from around the country to San Diego the weekend of September 23-25, 2011.

“The 2011 NSLNC & Symposium is the first of its kind to combine a negotiation competition with a symposium,” said Jeremy Evans, Director of the National Sports Law Negotiation Competition & Symposium, and recent Thomas Jefferson graduate.  “We hope that the NSLNC will become the preeminent sports law event in the Country.  We feel we are going to meet that mark this year with the all-inclusive weekend, great law school competitors, negotiation problems as well as the experienced, well-known judges, panelists, and community leaders who will be in attendance. “

The Negotiation Competition will be held all day Saturday, with the finals on Sunday morning. The Sports Law Symposium will follow on Sunday afternoon.

The law schools participating in the competition are:

California Western School of Law (2 Teams)
Fordham University School of Law
George Mason University School of Law
The John Marshall Law School (2 Teams)
Marquette University Law School
New York Law School
Pace University Law School
Santa Clara University Law School

Southwestern Law School (2 Teams)
University of California Hastings College of Law (2 Teams)
UCLA School of Law (2 Teams)
University of Michigan Law School
University of San Diego School of Law
University of Virginia School of Law
Whittier Law School

On Sunday afternoon, TJSL will host its 10th Sports Law Symposium, featuring two panels: one on “Negotiating Contracts for Professional Athletes” and the second on “Handling and Avoiding Major Infractions in Big-time Athletic Programs: What can we learn from USC, Miami and Ohio State?”

The Symposium begins at 12:30 p.m. and the first panel concludes at 1:30 p.m. The second (NCAA) panel runs from 1:45 p.m. and concludes at 2:45 p.m.   

The following speakers are confirmed for the Symposium:

PANEL 1—“Negotiating Contracts on behalf of Professional Athletes.”
• Brian Hannula, Esq.: Director of Player Contracts, Alliance Management Group
• Craig Fenech, Esq.: Law Offices of Craig E. Fenech, Sports Lawyers Association Board of Directors
• Vered N. Yakovee, Esq., Law Offices of Vered N. Yakovee, Editor-in-Chief, Entertainment & Sports Lawyer, Lecturer in Law, Sports Law, USC Gould School of Law

PANEL 2—“Handling and Avoiding Major Infractions in Big-time Athletic Programs: What can we learn from USC, Miami and Ohio State?”
• Rodney Smith, Esq.: Director Center for Sports Law & Policy, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
• Brian Adkins, Esq.: Sports agent
• Earl Edwards: UCSD Athletic Director
• Jeff Levine: Adjunct Professor of Law at Phoenix School of Law
• Moderator: Randy Grossman, Esq.: Grossman Sports Enterprises

See a list of Judges

Cost: The following is for those interested in attending the symposium only- $50.00 – Guests, $30.00 – Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Faculty, Staff, Alumni & San Diego County Bar Association Members; $20.00 – Students.

Lawyers who attend are eligible for 2 general MCLE credits.

Register for MCLE credits at:

The event is presented by the Student Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Society  and the Sports Law Society of Thomas Jefferson School of Law

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