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Fowler School of Law

Entertainment & Sports Law Symposium

ยป 2016 Entertainment & Sports Law Symposium


Friday, February 12, 2016
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Kennedy Hall, Room 237

Presented by Chapman University Fowler School of Law's
Entertainment and Sports Law Society

Chapman University is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider and certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 6 units of general MCLE credit.

Symposium Schedule:

Check-in and Registration (8 - 8:30 a.m.)

Opening Remarks: Tom Campbell, Dean and Donald P. Kennedy Chair in Law, Chapman University Fowler School of Law (8:30 - 8:45 a.m.)  

Panel I: Relationships Matter: Dealings and Negotiations as a Team Entity Counsel (9 - 10:30 a.m.)


Moderator: Judd Funk, Professor of Entertainment Law, Fowler School of Law


  • Katie Rodin, Assistant General Counsel, Anaheim Ducks
  • Ahron Cohen, General Counsel, Arizona Coyotes
  • Scott Wilkinson, Executive Vice President and Assistant General Manager, Atlanta Hawks
  • Don Fishman, Assistant General Manager, Director of Legal Affairs, Washington Capitals
  • Sam Fernandez, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Los Angeles Dodgers

Panel II: Finding the Chosen One: The Complexities of Finding, Recruiting and Signing Professional Athlete Clients (10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.)


Moderator: Rand Getlin, NFL Network


  • Cameron Foster, NFLPA Agent, Founder, Reign Sports
  • Craig Domann, NFLPA Agent, Executive VP, 7 Sports Group
  • Neil Stratton, President, Inside the League
  • Bardia Ghahremani, NFLPA Agent, CEO, International Sports Agency
  • Erik Burkhardt, NFLPA Agent, Select Sports Group
  • Sean Kiernan, NFLPA Agent, Select Sports Group

LUNCH KEYNOTE: Shawne Merriman, former NFL linebacker (12:30 - 1:30 p.m.)


Panel III: Administrating the Adherence: Developments and Issues with Sports Administration and Compliance (1:45 - 3:15 p.m.)


Moderator: Donald Kochan, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, Fowler School of Law


  • Doug Aiken, Associate Director of Athletics and Compliance, Chapman University
  • Benjamin Gaus, Assistant Director Compliance, Cal-Berkeley, Graduate of Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Former Athletic Compliance Personnel at UC Davis
  • Dan Goldberg, Assistant Athletic Director of Compliance, UCLA

Panel IV: Contract Negotiations and Commanding Calamity: An Agents Role in Navigating Image, Public Faux Pas and Branding (3:30 - 5 p.m.)


Moderator: Evan Brennan, NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor and Founder and Chairman of the Fowler School of Law Annual Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium; Adjunct Professor, Fowler School of Law


  • Ed Wasielewski, NFL Agent, Founding Partner, Excel Management Group Sports
  • Joe Longo, MLBPA Certified Agent, Paragon Sports International;  Adjunct Law Professor; Loyola Los Angeles School of Law
  • Aaron Gordon, NFL Agent, Founder, Uso Sports
  • Sam Renaut, NFL Agent, Players Rep Sports Management; Asst. Director, Sports Law and Business Program, Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law (Arizona State)
  • Andrew Kessler, NFL Agent, Athletes First
  • Kristen Kuliga, Founder, K Sports & Entertainment

Closing Remarks (5 p.m.)

Reception (5:15 p.m.)

Keynote Speaker: Shawne Merriman Discusses How NFL Players Can Protect Their Brand 


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Keynote Speaker: Shawne Merriman Discusses How NFL Players Can Protect Their Brand