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The Lawyer on the Playing Field: SCU Symposium on Sports Law to Examine Steroids, Concussions, Use of Player Images

Monday, Aug. 23, 2010
New York Times reporter Alan Schwarz
New York Times reporter Alan Schwarz
San Francisco Giants Managing Partner William Neukom
San Francisco Giants Managing Partner William Neukom

SANTA CLARA, Calif. August 23, 2010 — The top sports law issues of the day – including steroid use, concussions and dementia, and who has the right to license player’s images— will be discussed at an all-day forum Sept. 16 at Santa Clara University School of Law.

Attendees will hear the latest legal news and trends straight from the mouths of current and former players, team officials, union leaders, sports-marketing giants and academic experts from Santa Clara University, Stanford University, University of California and University of San Francisco.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. in the University’s Locatelli Student Activity Center, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053.  The schedule of events can be found at SCU Law’s website.

In addition, the keynote speaker at 9:10 a.m. will be Alan Schwarz, prize-winning author and journalist for the New York Times, who helped bring the connection between concussions and early-onset dementia to national attention with a series of articles starting in 2007. Schwarz has won numerous journalism awards including two Associated Press awards for feature writing in sports, and a George Polk award for sports writing.

San Francisco Giants’ Managing Partner William Neukom is the featured lunchtime speaker at 12:35 p.m.

The forum is presented in association with the Santa Clara University Athletic Department. Invited media are welcome to attend, and registration is open at

 Other speakers expected to attend include:

Jim Brown, football legend, former NFL record-holding running back for the Cleveland Browns
Don Catlin, CEO Anti-Doping Research Institute
Michael Dillingham, former 49ers sports doctor and author on steroid use
Bill Duffy, CEO of BDA Sports Management
Mike Gilleran, former WCC commissioner
Ben Lynch, retired NFL player
John Raleigh, Sr. VP of sports-marketing company IMG
Michael Schulman, CEO of Anaheim Ducks hockey team
DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the union NFLPA

More information on the forum is available at SCU Law.

About Santa Clara Law
Santa Clara University School of Law, founded in 1911 on the site of California’s oldest operating higher-education institution, is dedicated to educating lawyers who lead with a commitment to excellence, ethics, and social justice. One of the nation’s most diverse law schools, Santa Clara Law offers its 1,000 students an academically rigorous program, including graduate degrees in international law and intellectual property law; combined J.D./MBA and J.D./MSIS degrees; and certificates in intellectual property law, international law, and public interest and social justice law. Santa Clara Law is located in the world-class business center of Silicon Valley, and is distinguished nationally for its top-ranked program in intellectual property. For more information, see

About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, theology, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see

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