"If what you did yesterday still looks big today, you haven't done much today."
- Mike ("Coach K") Krzyzewski
My name is Jaime. I love all things related to sports. Indeed, even the legal things. The Sports Law Blonde will bring to you the hottest topics as well as some of my own opinion & that of occasional featured guest authors. The goal: to enrich everyday sports fans' lives while highlighting the uniqueness of sports in the legal world.
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Michael B. Engle
Michael B. Engle is a 2015 JD/MBA graduate of the Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law and Frank G. Zarb School of Business. During his law school career, he was an active member of the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal, where his note on the international slave labor force employed to construct the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar was selected for publication in Volume 32. He was also published in Volume 11 of the DePaul Journal of Sports Law & Contemporary Problems, for an article exploring proposed guidelines for NFL players who operate fantasy football teams. Other sports law highlights include being profiled by Rex Sheild for the Marquette Sports Law Society Blog, and appearing as a special guest on Law and Batting Order.
As of April 2018, Mr. Engle resides with his fiancée in Westchester County, New York, where he works as an associate attorney at a small defense firm. Connect with Mike on LinkedIn and on Twitter (@EngleLaw29).
Derek Helling is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa, where he majored in both Journalism/Mass Communications and Sport Studies. After spending a few years working in newspapers, he restricted his content creation to digital only. He currently writes about the intersections of sports with business, media, law and technology for several outlets. He resides in Kansas City, Mo. with his two munchkin cats, Dorian and Persephone. Follow him on Twitter (@dhellingsports).
Alyssa Newswanger is an entertainment attorney located in Chicago and creator of the women's sports website Court2Course.
Jaime Miettinen graduated from Tulane University Law School in 2014. While at Tulane, she completed Tulane's Sports Law Certificate Program to have the background necessary to understand problems unique to the sports industry. Additionally, she was an active member of the Sports Lawyers Journal, which the Sports Lawyers Association publishes annually, for two years and served as Volume 21's Senior Notes and Comments Editor. Her article Atkins v. Bert Belle/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan: Former NFL Defensiveback Tackling a Mixed Bag of Medical Opinions Is Denied Increased Benefits is published in the Sports Lawyers Journal, Volume 20. Pro bono work is also important to her. She participated in the Entertainment Law Legal Assistance (ELLA) Project to assist low-income artists, musicians, and grass roots non-profits in New Orleans with their entertainment-related legal needs. Currently, she owns and operates her law firm specializing in legal matters within the sports, entertainment, and creative arts communities, Miettinen Law PLLC.
Jaime also received her B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan with a minor concentration in Medieval and Early Modern European History and is a proud Pi Beta Phi- Michigan Beta Chapter alumna.
When she is not fully invested in watching, participating in, or reading about sports, Jaime loves to curl up with a cup of coffee and read the Wall Street Journal, sing karaoke at Sneakers, play piano, instruct Cycle classes at LA Fitness locations across Metro Detroit, or relax with her family and Spartan partner.
Rex Sheild is a 2017 law school graduate, earning his J.D. from Marquette University Law School and the Sports Law Certificate from the National Sports law Institute. He currently works as a compliance intern in the University of Wisconsin Athletic Department and is seeking full-time employment in college athletics and/or intellectual property. Rex previously interviewed the ever-so talented Sports Law Blonde™ for the Marquette Sports Law Society Blog, which Rex founded and served as the Editor-in-Chief. Follow him on Twitter (@Sheild__) and connect with him on LinkedIn.
Micah Woo is a 2017 graduate of Marquette University Law School and 2014 graduate of the University of Findlay. While at Marquette, Micah received the NSLI sports law certificate and wrote about various topics in the esports industry. He is an avid gamer, Packers fan for life, and bleeds Duke blue. Follow him on Twitter (@TheWoomiester).