Apr 3, 2007    #049
Contact: Nick Barron

Myles Brand, William Rhoden headling symposium

Two national sports industry leaders, Myles Brand and William Rhoden, headline the Inaugural Sports Law Symposium April 13 at Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Mo. The event is sponsored by the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Law.

Brand, president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), will deliver the luncheon keynote address at the Symposium. New York Times Columnist Rhoden will present the evening keynote address.

Along with keynote speakers, seven panels of leading sports law experts and sports industry professionals are planned for the symposium. Topics revolve around the theme, Amateur and Professional Sports: Emerging Legal Issues and include performance enhancing drugs, Title IX, economic and legal issues impacting the coaching profession, and the public-private financing of sporting facilities.

Panelists will include Timothy Davis, J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law; Matt Mitten, director of the Sports Law Institute at Marquette University; Andrea Wickerham, The National Center for Drug Free Sport, Inc.; and Jill Pilgrim, general counsel for the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). Others are included on the Fact Sheet.

“The Symposium will create opportunities for Kansas City’s government and core business leaders to develop unparalleled synergies with nationally renowned public figures, legal scholars, and sports industry professionals including practicing sports law attorneys, athletic directors, coaches, and others employed in the sports and sports related industries,“ said Ken Ferguson, symposium chair and associate professor of law.

The symposium begins at 7:40 a.m. with opening remarks from Ellen Suni, dean of the law school, and Ferguson. Panels begin at 8 a.m., with the luncheon scheduled for 12:15 p.m. and dinner set for 6 p.m.

Various pricing options are available. For a detailed list of prices, click here. The symposium is a Continuing Legal Education opportunity.

About the Keynote Speakers

Brand has served as president of the NCAA since 2003 and has pushed for increased emphasis on the educational values of athletics participation and the integration of intercollegiate athletics with the academic mission of higher education. He served as president of Indiana University from 1994-2002, as well as president of the University of Oregon from 1989-1994. He is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (B.A., 1964) and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 1967.

Along with being a New York Times columnist, Rhoden is author of The New York Times Best Seller “Forty Million Dollar Slaves,” a history of African-American athletes published last year. His second book, “Third and A Mile, an oral history of the trials, tears and triumphs of the black quarterback,” was released in February.

Rhoden is a continual guest on ESPN’s “Sports Reporters,” won a Peabody award for his documentary “Journey of the African-American Athlete” and was a consultant on ESPN’s Peabody Award-winning “Sports Century Series.” A former college athlete, Rhoden is a graduate of Morgan State University and has written for “The New York Times” since 1983.

About the UMKC School of Law

The UMKC School of Law is Kansas City’s only law school. The school offers emphasis in the areas of entrepreneurial/business law, the law of families and children, litigation and urban law. With its unique mentoring program, shared learning space for faculty and students and numerous clinics staffed by students, the school is a community of learners that bridges the gap between theory and practical application of the law.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban affairs.

This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).


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