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2018 Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium

Moorad Center


Sports have the ability to transcend barriers, whether they be socio-economic, geographical or political. But what happens when sports, politics and social movements collide? The 2018 Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law SymposiumSports, Politics & Social Movementsexamines the hard-hitting legal and political issues dominating sports and the national news media.

The symposium takes place on Friday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Commons at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law (299 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova, PA). This program, which is open to the public, is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 3.5 CLE substantive credits.


Panel 1— Christie v. NCAA: The Future of Sports Gambling

Discussing the pending Supreme Court decision regarding the constitutionality of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), and its implications for 10thAmendment jurisprudence and sports gambling in the United States.

Panelists include: 

Gary Slaiman, Esq., Consultant, Morgan Lewis
Kate Lowenhar-Fisher, Esq., Gaming Attorney, Dickinson Wright
David Purdum, Gambling Staff Writer, ESPN
Ethan Wilson, Esq., Policy Director, Commerce and Financial Services, National Conference of State Legislatures


Moderated by Jeffrey S. Moorad '81, Chairman, Morgan Lewis Global Sports Industry Practice and Chairman/CEO, Moorad Sports Partners and Andrew Brandt, Director, The Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for Sports Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law


Panel 2—Athletes and Activism: Not Sticking to Sports

From “Take A Knee” to “Shut Up and Dribble,” exploring how politically and socially active our athletes are, can be or should be.

Panelists include:

Justin Tuck, former NFL player and two-time Super Bowl champion with the New York Giants
Glenn Bracey II, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology & Criminology, Villanova University
Erin Elmore '04 CWSL, Contributor, Fox News
Toni Smith-Thompson, Organizer, New York Civil Liberties Union


Moderated by Penny Lee, Chief Strategy Officer, 1776 and Former Communications Director for Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and Andrew Brandt, Director, The Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for Sports Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law


Panel 3—#MeToo: The Movement in Sports

The #MeToo movement has caused shockwaves across various industries including Hollywood, music and sports. This panel will delve into the future of the movement and protections for athletes.

Panelists include:

Larissa Boyce, former gymnast and survivor, The State of Michigan v. Lawrence G. Nassar
Teresa Boyer, EdD, '95 CLAS, Founding Director, Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women's Leadership and Associate Professor of Education and Counseling, Villanova University
John Manly, Esq.
, Partner and Founder, Manly, Stewart, Finaldi Lawyers  
John Barr, Reporter, ESPN


Moderated by Margaret Erin Rodgers Schmidt, Partner, Morgan Lewis and Ann Juliano, Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law