2015 Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium

Moorad symposium

The 2015 Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium—Game-Changers: An Insider Look at a Volatile Year in Sports—explored the most talked-about issues in sports today. Spanning topics from high-profile sports law cases to recent shifts in the NCAA landscape, this in-depth discussion featured commentary from NCAA executives and Villanova University leadership, top attorneys, former professional athletes, a notable NFL coach and prominent journalists.    

The symposium took place on Friday, April 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in the Arthur M. Goldberg Commons at Villanova University School of Law (299 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova, PA). This program was approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 3.5 CLE substantive credits.

 

Click here to watch the archived webcast.

 

Cornwell Brandt
David Cornwell and Andrew Brandt
Weiss Brandt
Sol Weiss and Andrew Brandt

Moderated by Moorad Center Director Andrew Brandt and Jeffrey Moorad, Chairman/CEO, Moorad Sports Partners, panels included:

Panel 1: Jameis Winston and Florida State University—Fair or Foul: 9:10-9:45 a.m.

  • David Cornwell, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg, LLP, and Counsel for Jameis Winston

 

Panel 2: NFL Concussion Litigation Settled?: 9:45-10:00 a.m.

  • Sol Weiss ‘72, Partner, Anapol Schwartz, and Co-lead Counsel (for plaintiffs) in NFL Concussion Injury Litigation

 

Huma Kessler Brandt
Ramogi Huma, Jeffrey Kessler and Andrew Brandt

 

Panel 3: NCAA Change and Challenges: a Landscape in Flux: 10:15–11:00 a.m.

 

McManus Hogan Fox
Jane McManus, Cynthia Hogan and Ashley Fox

 

Panel 4: A Woman’s Voice in a Volatile Year in Sports: 11:00-11:45 a.m

 

Panel 5
Jeffrey Moorad, Brian Westbrook, David Dunn, Dick Vermeil, Warrick Dunn and Jane McManus

 

Panel 5: NFL: Past and Present: 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

  • David Dunn, CEO, Athletes First
  • Warrick Dunn, former NFL running back and Limited Partner Owner, Atlanta Falcons
  • Jane McManus, NFL Columnist, ESPN
  • Dick Vermeil, former NFL Head Coach (St. Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Brian Westbrook ’01 VSB, former NFL running back (Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers) and Commentator for Comcast SportsNet Philly

 

Prior to the event start, the Moorad Center hosted a special session entitled “Getting into the Agent Business.” Jerrold Colton, an NFL and NHL agent whose client roster includes David Akers and Jahri Evans, and Ed Wasielewski '95 CLAS, a certified NFL agent whose roster includes Denver Broncos 2014 2nd round pick Wide Receiver Cody Latimer, lead a revealing discussion about the business and how to launch your career. This session, geared for law students, was held from 8:15-9:00 a.m. in the Law School (Room 303).