Athletes, Sports Law, and Policy—An Interdisciplinary Symposium


The Stanford Law & Policy Review, the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics, and the Stanford Entertainment and Sports Law Association proudly present Athletes, Sports Law, and Policy—An Interdisciplinary Symposium

The Symposium will explore current issues in sports law and policy with an emphasis on the interdisciplinary nature of these issues. It will bring together leading practitioners in a variety of fields to reflect on the ethical implications of sports gambling, evolving attitudes towards amateur athletes, gender fluidity and its impact on sports, and other current issues. Each panel will feature several leading lawyers, practitioners, and athletes in their field and will be moderated by Stanford Law faculty and legal scholars publishing on these topics in the Stanford Law and Policy Review.

The Symposium is a joint venture of the Stanford Law and Policy Review, the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics, and the Stanford Entertainment and Sports Law Association.

Practicing lawyers can receive up to 7 hours of MCLE credits for attending the symposium.

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9:00-9:15 a.m. Welcome Remarks: William B. Gould IV, Charles A. Beardsley Professor of Law Emeritus, Professor Gould is on the ISLE Board of Directors

9:15-9:20 a.m. Introduction of Keynote Speaker by Ted Leland, Athletic Director of University of the Pacific, former Athletic Director at Stanford

9:20-10:00 a.m. Keynote Address: Scott Boras, Sports Agent

10:00-11:15 a.m. Changing Sex/Gender Roles and Sport

  • Robert Luckinbill Moderator (SLPR co-author, partner at GCA Law Partners)
  • Joanna Harper Transgender athlete, advisor to International Olympic Committee on gender and sport
  • Paul Haagen Professor at Duke Law School
  • Ron Katz SLPR author, Chair Emeritus of Institute of Sports Law and Ethics
  • Bobbi Lancaster, M.D. Transgender athlete, professional golfer

11:15-11:30 a.m. Break

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. The Amateurism Myth: A Case for a New Tradition

  • Kelly Crabb Moderator (SLPR author, partner at Sheppard Mullin)
  • William Berry SLPR author, Professor of Law at University of Mississippi Law School
  • Roger Noll Professor of Economics, Stanford University
  • Jamie Zaninovich Deputy Commissioner of the Pac-12 Conference

12:45-1:45 p.m. Lunch

1:45-3:00 p.m. Professional Sports Leagues' Big Bet: 'Evolving' Attitudes on Gambling

  • Andrew Brandt Moderator (author, Director of the Moorad Center for Sports Law, ESPN Business Analyst)
  • Keith Miller Professor of Law at Drake Law School
  • Jack Bowen Author of four books, philosophy teacher at the Menlo School
  • John Sande IV Partner at Sande Law Group, lobbyist, former Stanford football player
  • Faisal Hasan General Counsel of DraftKings

3:00-4:15 p.m. Hot Topics In Sports

  • Sherman Clark Moderator (SLPR author, Law Professor at University of Michigan Law School)
  • Kenneth Shropshire Director of Wharton Sports Business Initiative
  • Matthew Mitten Executive Director of the National Sports Law Institute, Professor at Marquette University Law School
  • Glenn Wong Professor at Arizona State University School of Law
  • Mark Purdy Sports reporter, San Jose Mercury News

4:15-5:00 p.m. Reception



Kelly C. Crabb

Kelly Crabb is a partner in the Media, Entertainment and Technology Group, resident in the Sheppard Mullin’s Los Angeles office. His practice emphasizes clients with an entertainment, sports, and media focus and includes a mix of sophisticated and complex financing, production, and content work for substantial U.S., Asian, and European companies. Mr. Crabb is well known in the Olympic Movement, having performed services related to four Olympic Games. He is currently working on projects for the Rio 2016 Olympic Committee and previously worked on the broadcasting agreement for the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games (2012) and entertainment projects for the Salt Lake Olympic Organizing Committee for the Winter Games of 2002. Mr. Crabb acted as international counsel to the Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee for the XXIX Olympiad in 2008. In one of the top sports news stories of 2004, Mr. Crabb successfully represented an Olympic gymnastics champion in connection with a dispute arising at the Athens Games before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, in Lausanne, Switzerland.

William Berry

Will Berry is an Associate Professor of Law and Frank Montague, Jr. Professor of Legal Studies and Professionalism at the University of Mississippi. A productive scholar, Professor Berry has published widely, including articles in the Texas Law Review, the Southern California Law Review, the Wisconsin Law Review, the Ohio State Law Journal, the Alabama Law Review, the Georgia Law Review, the Florida Law Review, the American Criminal Law Review (Georgetown), and the Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology (Northwestern). He is also co-author of Entertainment, Media, and the Law (5th edition)(with Paul Weiler and Gary Myers).In addition, Professor Berry facilitated the development of a new law journal at Ole Miss, the Mississippi Sports Law Review, which commenced during the 2011-12 academic year. During his time at Ole Miss, he has taught a variety of classes in the areas of criminal law, sports law, and labor & employment law. Currently, he teaches criminal law, sentencing law, a capital punishment seminar, and sports law. Professor Berry received his Doctor of Philosophy (D. Phil.) in law from the University of Oxford (UK), where he also received an Master’s of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Criminology.

Roger Noll

Roger G. Noll is professor of economics emeritus at Stanford University and a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, where he directs the Program in Regulatory Policy. Noll also is a Senior Fellow and member of the Advisory Board at the American Antitrust Institute. Noll received a B.S. with honors in mathematics from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph. D. in economics from Harvard University. Prior to coming to Stanford, Noll was a Senior Economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Institute Professor of Social Science and Chair of the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences at the California Institute of Technology. Noll is the author or co-author of fourteen books and over three hundred articles and reviews. His primary research interests include technology policy; antitrust, regulation and privatization policies in both advanced and developing economies; the economic approach to public law (administrative law, judicial processes, and statutory interpretation); and the economics of the sports and entertainment industry.

Andrew Brandt

Andrew Brandt is an accomplished sports executive now bringing his credibility, insight and perspective to the media and education as the Director of the Moorad Center for Sports Law at Villanova Law School. Brandt is the NFL Business Analyst for ESPN, analyzing business, legal and policy sports issues on programs such as “Outside the Lines”, “SportsCenter” and “NFL Live” as well as multiple appearances on ESPN radio programs every week. Brandt also is a featured columnist for, providing readers perspective and viewpoints from his unique vantage point as a former player agent and team executive. After attending Stanford University and Georgetown University Law School, Brandt worked for ProServ, Inc., representing top athletes such as Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and Boomer Esiason. Brandt then became General Manager of the Barcelona Dragons in the NFL’s World League, introducing American football to Spain.

Keith Miller

Keith C. Miller is the Ellis and Nelle Levitt Distinguished Professor of Law at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Professor Miller teaches the course on Gaming Law at Drake along with courses in the area of Torts. In addition to numerous law review articles, he is co-author of THE LAW OF GAMBLING AND REGULATED GAMING, the leading casebook on gaming law. Professor Miller is the Vice-President of Educator Affiliates of the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL), a global gambling law network and educational organization. He serves as the Vice-Chair of the Gaming Law Committee for the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. He has spoken on and moderated panels for the IMGL, the ABA Gaming Law Minefield National Institute, and has conducted symposia and lectured at law schools in the US and France. Professor Miller also consults on gaming law cases, has been an expert witness in gaming law litigation, and is a frequent resource for media on matters involving gaming law.

Jack Bowen

Jack Bowen writes on sports ethics for the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics and Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), USA. He graduated from Stanford University with Honors in Human Biology and went on to earn a Master’s from California State University, Long Beach with an emphasis on the Philosophy of Sport. He was a two-time All American water polo player at Stanford, has been recognized as national award-winning coach by PCA, and has written 3 books on philosophy.

John Sande IV

For more than a decade, John has successfully represented a vast array of industries before the Nevada Legislature, including healthcare, banking, gaming, energy, transportation, education, motor vehicle franchise, liquor distribution, and local governments. The diverse interests of John’s clients have allowed him the ability to work extensively with different state agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Division of Insurance, the Financial Institutions Division, the Department of Taxation, the Public Utilities Commission and many others. John graduated from Stanford University with a BA in both Economics and Political Science and attended law school at Santa Clara University. After law school, John returned to Nevada to pursue his legal and government affairs career in the state he loves and he is a 20 Under 40 Award recipient.

Robert Luckinbill

Bob Luckinbill is a litigation and employment law Partner with GCA Law Partners LLP in Mountain View, California. He has represented a number of amateur sports leagues and professional teams with respect to employment issues. He is a 1987 graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law, where he served as Managing Editor of the Santa Clara Law Review.

Joanna Harper

Joanna Harper, a 58 year old transgender athlete and medical physicist at Providence Portland Medical Center in Oregon. She is an advisor to the International Olympic Committee on matters of gender and sport and has published a peer reviewed article on the performance of transgender athletes.

Ron Katz

Ron Katz is the Chair Emeritus of the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics, of counsel at GCA Law Partners, and a co-author of the book Sports, Ethics and Leadership, which will be published by Routledge on July 31, 2017. A Rhodes Scholar, he is a 1972 graduate of the Harvard Law School and was a 2016 Distinguished Careers Institute Fellow at Stanford University.

Bobbi Lancaster

Dr. Bobbi Lancaster is a 67 year old, happily married, openly transgender woman who still practices family medicine in Gold Canyon, Arizona. She is most proud of the care she has provided for almost 40 years. Dr. Bobbi has many interests including writing, piano, volunteerism, fitness, sports cars and gardening. She was a champion golfer years ago in Canada where she was born and raised. Dr.Bobbi transitioned to her new life as a woman in 2012 and experienced severe job discrimination. Given her unexpected free time, she got her golf clubs out of storage and played competitively again. She fulfilled a childhood dream and became a professional golfer in 2013 and attempted to qualify for the LPGA Tour. This resulted in international media attention and provided an unintended platform from which she speaks about acceptance and equality. She also addresses the biology of being transgender. Dr. Bobbi is constantly changing hearts and minds with her very personal approach. She has received many honors for her efforts and she is now a national Board of Director with the Human Rights Campaign.

Paul H Haagen

Paul Haagen is Professor of Law, Associate Dean for International Initiatives, and Director of the Duke Law Center for Sports Law and Policy. He is a member of the editorial board of the European Journal of Sports Studies. Since 1990, Professor Haagen has chaired the Professional Sports Counseling Committee, the committee that advises Duke athletes going into professional sports. He has acted as Special University Counsel in an NCAA investigation, and as an expert witness for USA Track and Field in proceedings brought by the IAAF in the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He has advised international and professional athletes, US professional teams, US national sports federations, and the Chinese Ministry of Sport.

Sherman Clark

Sherman J. Clark, the Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law, joined the Michigan Law faculty in 1995 and teaches courses on torts, evidence, and sports law. His current research focuses on the ways in which legal rules and institutions may have an impact on character, and thus on the extent to which we thrive. Law and politics, Professor Clark believes, can have an impact—often indirect and inadvertent, but real—on the kind of people we become; and that, in turn, can have an impact—difficult to describe and quantify, but potentially profound—on how well and fully we are able to live. In this vein, drawing on classical philosophy, modern positive psychology, political theory, literature, and law, he has written about institutions and practices ranging from direct democracy to the jury to criminal procedure. Professor Clark is also interested in legal education, and seeks to reject the false dichotomy between practical and theoretical ways of approaching the study of law—between pragmatic professional training and humane liberal education.

Kenneth Shropshire

Kenneth L. Shropshire is the David W. Hauck Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Faculty Director of its Wharton Sports Business Initiative. He also serves as Special Counsel at the global law firm Duane Morris LLP. where he focuses on sports related matters. His blend of legal and business consulting clients include the likes of the National Football League and Major League Baseball. In baseball he serves on the Commissioner appointed On Field Diversity Task Force assisting with their research initiatives. When the NFL sought to revive its Career SymposiumShropshire assisted them in hosting the event at Wharton. This after leading the Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program for NFL players at Wharton since 2004. His consulting roles have included a wide variety of other clients including work for the NCAA, and the United States Olympic Committee. He has handled traditional legal work too including contract negotiations for a wide range of sports related matters from boxing promotional agreements to coaching and executive contracts.

Matthew Mitten

Professor Mitten is the Director of the National Sports Law Institute and the LL.M. in Sports Law program for foreign lawyers at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He served as the Law School's Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from July 2002 to June 2004. He currently teaches courses in Amateur Sports Law, Professional Sports Law, Sports Sponsorship Legal and Business Issues Workshop, and Torts, and has also taught Antitrust Law, Comparative Sports Law, International Sports Law, Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and a Sports Law seminar during his 25-year teaching career. Professor Mitten earned a B.A. in Economics from The Ohio State University and his JD, magna cum laude, from the University of Toledo College of Law. Professor Mitten has authored Sports Law in the United States (Wolters Kluwer 2011, 2d. ed. 2014) and co-authored a law school textbook, Sports Law and Regulation: Cases, Materials, and Problems (Wolters Kluwer 2013), which is currently in its third edition, and Sports Law: Governance and Regulation (Wolters Kluwer 2013), an undergraduate and graduate textbook.

Glenn Wong

Glenn M. Wong is the Executive Director of the Sports Law & Business Program at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University (ASU). Professor Wong joined ASU Law in October 2015 as Distinguished Professor of Practice - Sports Law. Wong is a Past President of the Sports Lawyers Association (SLA) and has been on the board since 1998. He is currently a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Trustees. He was formerly a committee member with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) on its Diversity and Inclusion Committee (2015-16), Audit Committee (2013-14), and Constitution and Rules Committee (2009-12). Wong works with Major League Baseball, the National Football League and the National Football League Players Association, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport on arbitration matters. He has also worked with many sports entities, including Sports Illustrated, Reebok, the National Collegiate Athlete Association, the United States Olympic Committee, U.S. Triathlon, U.S. Biathlon, and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Scott Boras

Scott Boras, with over 35 years in professional baseball and over $7 Billion in contracts negotiated on behalf of his clients, was recently named by Forbes Magazine, for the fourth consecutive year, as the top agent in all professional sports. He is the founder, owner, and president of the Boras Corporation, the recognized global leader in baseball player representation with an accomplished client list that is unmatched by any other sports representation agency in the world. The Boras Corporation represented nearly half of the players in the 2016 MLB All-Star game with 17 clients appearing on the All-Star rosters, and for the second consecutive year, Boras Corporation’s clients swept the major awards in the National League, winning the MVP, the Cy Young, and the Rookie of the Year awards. Scott’s work on behalf of his clients resulted in the first $50 million, $100 million, and $200 million contracts negotiated in baseball history, including $252 million contract in 2000 with the Texas Rangers. This contract was the largest negotiated contract in team sports history until Scott broke that record again in 2007.

William B. Gould IV

A prolific scholar of labor and discrimination law, William B. Gould IV has been an influential voice on worker-management relations for more than forty years and served as Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board (1994-98) and Chairman of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board (2014-2017). He is the Charles A. Beardsley Professor of Law, Emeritus at Stanford Law School. Professor Gould has been a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators since 1970 and has arbitrated and mediated more than 300 labor disputes. As NLRB Chairman, he and his agency played a critical role in ending the longest strike in baseball history (1994-95)—and he was a salary arbitrator in the 1992 and 1993 salary disputes between the Major League Baseball Players Association and the Major League Baseball Player Relations Committee. Twice, he has served as an Expert Witness for the National Hockey League on issues relating to the extraterritorial application of American labor law.



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