UF Law hosts successful sports law symposium
By Andrew Steadman (2L)
The 2014 University of Florida Sports Law Symposium rose from the ashes this year.
On Friday, April 4, the all-day event welcomed practicing attorneys and law students from across the state to the UF Law Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center. Those who couldn’t attend the symposium had the option to watch it streaming live on UF Law’s website.
The symposium resurrected a previously annual occurrence that went on hiatus after 2010. By all accounts, the 2014 iteration was a successful return to form.
Organized by UF Law’s Entertainment and Sports Law Society (EASLS), the symposium gathered prominent attorneys with expertise in collegiate and professional athletics for panel discussions on current issues facing lawyers and athletes.
“I was amazed at the positive reception by students, speakers, and social media feedback we received,” EASLS president Josh Corriveau (2L) said. “Everyone I spoke with had a fantastic time.”
Kristi Dosh (JD 07) and Darren Heitner (JD 10) delivered keynote speeches and participated in the panels. Alicia Jessop, Roger Groves, Rick Karcher, Marc Edelman, Cari Grieb, Danna Haydar (JD 09), Ryan Rodenberg, Paul Healy (JD 88), Cory Dorfman and Robert Raiola filled out the afternoon panels.
The symposium generated buzz on social media, partially from viewers who tuned in to the live feed.
“Basically, we tested it this year, and it turned out that many people were able to access and watch the entire symposium,” Corriveau said. “Based on the Twitter feedback, we had viewers from all over the country.”
The panels tackled some of the most pressing issues in sports. Dosh, the morning’s keynote speaker, focused her speech on some of the same issues she covered in her book, Saturday Millionaires: How Winning Football Builds Winning Colleges. She talked about how college athletics departments, even the ones that don’t post profits, are big moneymakers for their respective universities.
The hot-button issue in collegiate sports is the recent National Labor Relations Board decision to allow college athletes to unionize. That topic dominated the morning panel discussion. Despite some heated debate, all of the experts on the panel agreed on one thing: the NRLB decision would stand.
Corriveau said EASLS would seek to build on the symposium’s success.
“We are already in the planning stages of creating a speaker list that should bring major exposure to the University of Florida,” Corriveau said. “I am very excited about what the future holds for UF Law as a frontrunner in the sports law field.”