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Posted March 1, 2013

From Gambling to Lockouts, UVA Law Symposium to Explore 'Vice and Morality' in Sports

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Vice and Morality in SportsUpdate: Listen to "Gambling and Corruption in Sports," with Tom Ostertag '81, senior vice president and general counsel, Major League Baseball; Ryan Rodenberg, assistant professor of sport law, Department of Sport Management, Florida State University; Jeffrey Standen '86, associate dean for academic affairs, Van Winkle Melton Professor of Law, Willamette College of Law; and moderated by UVA law professor Alex Johnson.


An upcoming symposium at the University of Virginia School of Law will bring together professional sports agents, sports industry lawyers, leading academics and other experts in the field from across the country to discuss ethical and legal questions facing the professional sports industry.

"Vice and Morality in Sports," presented by the Virginia Sports & Entertainment Law Journal and the Virginia Sports Law Society, will be held Friday, March 8 in Caplin Pavilion.

"Ethical issues in sports have dominated the news recently, and the symposium will be an excellent opportunity for the Virginia Law community and our guests to explore several of these topics," said second-year law student Brooks A. Duncan, who is helping to organize the event. "We believe that the symposium will appeal to both passionate sports fans and anyone interested in exploring legal aspects of the sports industry."

Contact: Brian McNeill

Panels at the event will focus on ethics matters facing sports agents, issues concerning women in sports, gambling and corruption, penalties for athletes who break ethical guidelines, and ethics in lockouts and collective bargaining.

Participants include MLB senior vice president and general counsel Tom Ostertag '81, Pittsburgh Pirates vice president and general counsel Bryan Stroh '02, and Major League Baseball and National Football League agents.

The event will be free and open to the public. Parking will be available in the D-2 lots around the Law School.

For more information and to register: viceandmoralityinsports.eventbrite.com



Schedule - Friday, March 8

8-8:45 a.m.
Check-in and Continental Breakfast

8:45-9 a.m.
Opening Remarks

Caroline Ryon, editor-in-chief, Virginia Sports & Entertainment Law Journal

9-9:45 a.m.
Ethical Issues for Sports Agents
  • Peter Lawler, tennis agent
  • Glenn Toby, Glenn Toby Sports & Entertainment Management
  • Ellen Zavian, National Football League agent; attorney; adjunct assistant professor, George Washington University
  • Moderator: J. Gordon Hylton, Professor of Law, Marquette University Law School; Visiting Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
10-10:45 a.m.
Legal and Practical Issues for Women in Sports and the Sports Law Industry

  • Alicia Jessop, founder and blogger, RulingSports.com; contributor to Forbes and The Huffington Post; assistant city attorney, Aurora, Colo.
  • Barbara Osborne, associate professor, Department of Exercise and Sports Science, University of North Carolina
  • Leah Rinfret, senior counsel, Women’s Tennis Association
  • Ellen Zavian, National Football League agent; attorney; adjunct assistant professor, George Washington University
  • Moderator: Patrice Hayden, Director of Law Firm Recruiting, University of Virginia School of Law
11-11:45 a.m.
Gambling and Corruption in Sports

  • Tom Ostertag '81, senior vice president and general counsel, Major League Baseball
  • Ryan Rodenberg, assistant professor of sport law, Department of Sport Management, Florida State University
  • Jeffrey Standen '86, associate dean for academic affairs, Van Winkle Melton Professor of Law, Willamette College of Law
  • Moderator: Alex Johnson, Perre Bowen Professor of Law; Director, Center for the Study of Race and Law, University of Virginia School of Law
11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Networking Lunch for Panelists and Attendees

1:15-2 p.m.
Penalties for Athletes
  • Robert Beck, former executive director, U.S. Soccer Foundation
  • Gabe Feldman, associate professor and director, Sports Law Program, Tulane University Law School; associate provost for NCAA compliance, Tulane University
  • Barbara Osborne, associate professor, Department of Exercise and Sports Science, University of North Carolina
  • Brian Socolow '90, partner, Loeb & Loeb
  • Moderator: Robert Sayler, Professor, University of Virginia School of Law
2:15-3 p.m.
Lockouts, Greed and Collective Bargaining

  • Gabe Feldman, associate professor and director, Sports Law Program, Tulane University Law School; associate provost for NCAA compliance, Tulane University
  • Bryan Stroh '02, vice president and general counsel, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Ben Block '01, partner, Covington & Burling
  • Moderator: Thomas B. Nachbar, Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law; Senior Fellow, Center for National Security Law

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