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If you’re a recent law school grad or are considering shifting your energy to the sports law sector, there’s an important conference coming up that will provide much insight into this fast moving specialty. “In fact, it’s the ideal conference for those recent grads who are anticipating building a career in the legalities of the sports world”, says founder A. Harrison Barnes.

“The Increasing Regulation of Sports in a Declining Economy” is slated for October 21, 2010. The annual conference will be held at Marquette University Law School and CLE credits are available, said the founder. The seminar begins with a pre-conference reception to be held on the 4th floor of the Eckstein Hall, located on West Michigan Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This is also the new home of the National Sports Law Institute, so there’s a lot to look forward to and the building itself is spectacular! Registration is between 8 and 9 a.m., with a welcome message and introductions of speakers (see below) beginning at around 8:50 a.m. Conference panels will be between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., when the conference is slated to wrap up.

Some of the speakers and their chosen topics are as follows:

  • Robert Kaler, the CEO and General Counsel of the United States Soccer Federation Foundation in Washington D.C. will speak of the challenges within this particular sport.
  • Matt Banker, who is the Assistant Commissioner for Institutional Services, Ohio Valley Conference, Nashville, TN
  • Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Professor of Law, Florida Coastal School of Law and Senior Director of Advocacy, Women’s Sports Foundation, Jacksonville, FL.
  • From the University of Missouri, Law & Senior Fellow Professor Ilhyung Lee will is expected to speak of dispute resolution in major sports arenas.
  • Greg Heller, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the Atlanta Braves will be present and will provide information on major league baseball and its specific challenges.
  • Mary K. Braza, Partner and Chair, Sports Industry Team, Foley & Lardner, LLP, will be present and will provide insight on several specific topics.

These are just a few of the esteemed guest who will be present to share their unique experiences within sports law. Turnout is expected to be high, says A. Harrison Barnes and historically, this conference has been a favorite among those in both the legal and national sports arenas.

As mentioned, this conference will apply CLE credits and the official conference hotel is the Courtyard Marriott. A block of rooms with special rates are available, but Barnes and others recommend reservations be made soon. For more information on room reservations, you may contact the hotel directly at 414-291-4122 and for more information on the conference itself, visit the Marquette University website at

Barnes highly recommends this conference for anyone within the legal sector and especially those who are considering or have recently opted for this exciting legal specialty.

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