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Fowler School of Law

ยป 2014 Entertainment & Sports Law Symposium

Where Sports and the Law Collide: Understanding the Legal Climate of the Sports Industry

Friday, February 7th, 2014

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

This event qualifies for 6 hours of California MCLE credit


The business of sports is continuously evolving, creating new challenges and opportunities for sports lawyers and other legal professionals. Prime time sports have become one of the last forms of live broadcast entertainment, with advertisers and sponsors injecting unprecedented amounts of money into the industry. Concussion litigation and challenges to old guard institutions such as the NCAA are set to alter the landscape even further. The 2014 symposium will provided a better understanding of the legal implications of these complex issues.

Symposium Schedule:

Check-in & Registration (8:45 – 9:15 a.m.)


Opening Remarks: Tom Campbell, Dean and Donald P. Kennedy Chair in Law, Chapman University School of Law (9:15 – 9:30 a.m.)

Opening Keynote Presentation: David Cohen – General Counsel, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9:30 – 10:15)

Panel I: How Legal Skills Translate into Sports Agency (10:15 – 11:45 a.m.)  

Moderator: Evan Brennan, NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor and Chapman J.D. Candidate


  • Chuck Price – NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor and President, Prestige Football Management
  • Scott C. Norton – NHLPA Certified Player Agent and President, Norton Sports Management
  • Rand Getlin – Yahoo! Sports Legal Analyst
  • Audie Attar – NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor, MMA agent and President, Paradigm Sports Management
  • Jeff Blank - Sports Attorney and Adjunct Lecturer, UC Irvine School of Law
  • Mark Bloom, Esq. - NFLPA Certified Agent, principal at Summit Sports in Beverly Hills, and associate at the Law Offices of Larry Dordick, APC

Lunch Keynote Presentation: David Meltzer – CEO, Sports 1 Marketing: Warren Moon Enterprises (11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.)  

Panel II: Contemporary Developments in Athlete Employment Law (1:45 – 3:15 p.m.)  

Moderator: Professor Mary Lee Ryan, Chapman University Fowler School of Law


  • Michael Pang – Managing Partner of the Sports Law Practice Group, Adelson, Testan, Brundo, Novell & Jimenez
  • Darren Heitner – Attorney and Professor of Sports Agency Management, Indiana University
  • Laura E. Jeffords – Attorney and Professor of Sports Arbitration, Loyola Law School
  • Richard Wilner - Partner, Wilner & O’Reilly, APLC

Break (3:15 – 3:30 p.m.)

Panel III: Legal Issues Facing Today’s General Counsels in the Sports Industry (3:30 – 5 p.m.)  

Moderator: Professor Kathy Z. Heller, Chapman University Fowler School of Law


  • Sam Fernandez – Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Allison Hushek – Associate General Counsel, World Poker Tour Enterprises
  • Alex Winsberg – Director, Legal Affairs and Risk Management, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  • Mark Humenik - Vice President and General Counsel of Athletes First

"En Banc" Reception: Cocktails and Appetizers for all guest, presenters, faculty and students (5 – 7 p.m.)

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2014 Keynote Speaker

David S. Cohen, Esq. is the General Counsel for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Florida. Prior to joining the Buccaneers, David served in a similar capacity with Angels Baseball LP for 9 years. Cohen also spent 9 years working as an Athletic Trainer in the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, and Montreal Expos organizations.