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5th Annual Penn Sports Law Symposium


There is a great lineup of speakers, including opening remarks by Joanne Pasternack, Executive Director of the Golden State Warriors Community Foundation and Vice President of Community Relations.

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"The Changing Landscape of Professional Sports"

We are excited to welcome you to the University of Pennsylvania Law School for our fifth annual Sports Law Symposium presented by the Heisman Trust! Below you will find event details and logistics to help ensure that your visit on February 9, 2018 is as seamless and enjoyable as possible.

The symposium will run from 9:30 am to 6:00pm. The program will begin promptly at 10:00 AM. Please allow at least a 20-minute window to provide time to register, get breakfast, find your seat, access the Wi-Fi network, and take care of any other administrative or logistical needs.


Schedule for the Symposium:

9:30am – 10:00am: Registration and Light Breakfast

10:00am – 10:30am: Opening Remarks by Joanne Pasternack, Executive Director of the Golden State Warriors Community Foundation and Vice President of Community Relations

10:30am – 12:00pm: Panel 1: Major League Litigation: Effect of Christie v. NCAA and Miranda v. Selig on Professional Leagues’ Legal Invincibility

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch

1:00pm – 2:00pm: Keynote Address by Charles Grantham, First Ever Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association, Director of Center for Sport Management at Seton Hall University's Stillman School of Business and Contributor for The Undefeated 

2:10pm – 3:40pm: Panel 2: Taking A Knee: On Players and Leagues Using Sports to Promote Social Justice

3:40pm – 5:10pm: Panel 3: The eSports Revolution: Driving Investment by Pro Teams While Changing the Very Definition of Sports

5:10pm – 5:15pm: Closing Remarks

5:15pm – 6:00pm: Cocktail Reception


KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Charles Grantham (First Ever Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association; Director for Sport Management at Seton Hall University's Stillman School of Business; Contributor for The Undefeated)

Charles Grantham served as the first Executive Vice President of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) and was its first Executive Director. He helped transform the NBPA from a mere bargaining unit to a multifaceted organization designed to enhance the league’s image and protect the NBA players. He helped establish the league’s four Collective Bargaining Agreements and was an architect of the industry’s first revenue-sharing/salary cap business model that guaranteed a fixed percentage of NBA revenue to players. Grantham is currently Director for Sport Management and Associate Professor in Seton Hall University’s Stillman School of Business. He is also a contributor for The Undefeated, the premier platform for exploring the intersections of race, sports and culture.


Introductory Remarks: Joanne Pasternack (Vice President of Community Relations, Golden State Warriors; Executive Director, Warriors Community Foundation)

Panel 1Major League Litigation: The Effect of Christie v NCAAand Miranda v. Selig on Professional Leagues' Legal Invincibility


1. David Greenspan (Partner, Winston & Strawn)

2. John Langel (Former Partner, Ballard Spahr)

3. Anastasios Kaburakis (Associate Professor, John Cook School of Business, Saint Louis University)

4. Marc Edelman (Tenured Professor of Law at Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, CUNY; Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School; Founder, Edelman Law; Sports, Antitrust, Gaming and IP Attorney)

5. Andrew Brandt (Director, Moorad Center for Sports Law at Villanova University; Columnist,

Panel 2Taking a Knee: On Players and Leagues Using Sports to Promote Social Justice


1. Terri Jackson (Director of Operations, WNBPA)

2. Chris Kluwe (Author; Former Punter, Minnesota Vikings)

3. David Williams (Professor of Law, Athletics Director, and Vice Chancellor for University Affairs, Vanderbilt University)

4. David Ulich (Partner, Sheppard Mullin; President, Foundation for Global Sports Development)

5. Dan Lebowitz (Executive Director, Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society)

Panel 3The eSports Revolution: Driving Investment By Pro Teams While Changing the Very Definition of Sports


1. Ken Hershman (CEO, World eSports Association (WESA))

2. Bryce Blum (Founder, ESG Law)

3. Ryan Morrison (Founder, Morrison/Lee Law)

4. Sabrina Hannam (Executive Partner and Chair of the Management Committee, Law Office of Sabrina N. Hannam, LLC; Adjunct Lecturer, Columbia University's Master of Science in Sports Management Program)


Law School Location

The University of Pennsylvania Law School is located at 3501 Sansom Street (between 34th and 35th Street). For those arriving by public transportation, the law school is a short walk or cab ride from 30th Street Station. Upon arrival, please use the Sansom Street Entrance. If you enter at the 34th Street Entrance you will be directed to go around to Sansom Street.


The garages and lots closest to the law school are as follows:

  • 34th & Chestnut Street (University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University garages)
  • Sheraton Hotel (36th & Chestnut Street)

Additional parking can be found at:

  • 32nd & Walnut Street
  • 38th & Walnut Street (please use 38th Street entrance)
  • Penn Tower Hotel (34th & Civic Center Boulevard)
  • South Street & Convention Boulevard
  • 40th & Walnut Street

There is also very limited two-hour street parking on Sansom Street between 34th and 35th Street.


Registration Tickets and Identification

Please remember to print out your Eventbrite registration ticket and bring it with you the day of the event to ensure a quick check-in. Upon your entrance into the law school, please show your ticket to our security guard. You will then be directed to the registration table, where you can check in and receive your name badge.

Penn Law and outside students MUST present a valid student identification. Media members MUST bring valid media credentials along with their ticket.

Attorneys Seeking CLE Credits

This program has been approved for 5.5 substantive CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring separate payment in the amount of $220.00 ($110.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check made payable toThe Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.


Contact Information

If you have any questions before the Symposium, please contact:

Michael Weil: Co-President,
Al Lucia: Co-President,
Jesse Lambert: Symposium Co-Chair,
James Ermilio: Symposium Co-Chair,

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