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Giants Managing Partner Neukom, NFL Players' Smith, to Speak at Second Annual Sports Law Symposium at SCU Law

Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011

Issues to be discussed include concussions, steroids, labor strife and the use of player images

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 11, 2011 - From the new anti-concussion laws on the books in many states, to the NFL's newly resolved lockout, sports legal battles are some of the biggest news stories these days.

On Sept. 8, some of this billion-dollar industry's most knowledgeable legal practitioners, scholars and advocates will discuss the legalities behind the news stories at the second annual Santa Clara University School of Law Sports Law Symposium, Intensifying Sports Law Issues: Concussions, Steroids, Labor Strife and the Use of Player Images

The event will be held September 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Santa Clara University's Locatelli Center, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, Calif. 95053.

Speakers will include:

*DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director, NFL Players Association
* Mark Fainaru-Wada, ESPN Investigative Reporter, Author of Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports
* William B. Gould, IV, Professor of Law Emeritus at Stanford Law School, former Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, and author of the recently published book, Bargaining with Baseball: Labor Relations in an Age of Prosperous Turmoil
*Sonny Vaccaro, Director of Vaccaro Sports Partnerships and Former Director of Basketball Programs at Nike, Adidas and Reebok
*William Neukom, Managing Partner, World Series Champion San Francisco Giants

Honored Special Guest:
* Jim Brown, Hall of Fame Football Great

Other speakers:
Santa Clara University Athletic Director Dan Coonan; CEO of BDA Sports Management Bill Duffy; University of San Francisco Sports Management Professor Dan Rascher; Retired NFL players Ben Lynch and Shawn Stuckey; Former WCC Commissioner Mike Gilleran; Duke Law School Center for Sports Law and Policy Co-Director Paul Haagen; Sports Economist Andy Schwarz of OSKR; Professors Kevin Greene, Lateef Mtima and Tyler Ochoa; and practitioners actively involved with ongoing and recent litigation.

The event is being presented by Santa Clara University School of Law, in association with the Santa Clara University Athletic Department.

A full schedule of events is available at

Lawyers and other professionals planning to attend must register and pay fees by Aug. 25. Students enrolled in an institution of higher education who register for this symposium will be admitted free of charge. Media are also welcome to attend at no cost, but are asked to RSVP in advance with SCU Media Relations. 

About Santa Clara University School of Law
During this academic year, Santa Clara University School of Law is celebrating its first 100 years of educating lawyers who lead. Founded in 1911 on the site of California’s oldest operating higher-education institution, Santa Clara Law 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 975 students an academically rigorous program, including graduate degrees in international law and intellectual property law; a combined J.D./MBA degree; a combined J.D./MSIS degree; and certificates in high technology 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

Media Contact:
Deborah Lohse | SCU Media Relations | 408-554-5121 |


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