Baseball And The Law: America’s National Pastimes

The Albany Government Law Review will host the symposium “Baseball And The Law: America’s National Pastimes” on Monday, April 11, 2011, from 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Albany Law School.

The symposium will span a variety of topics, including stadium development, intellectual property rights in the age of new media, player representation and contract negotiation, the history and development of free agency, performance enhancing drug use, and labor negotiation and collective bargaining.

The schedule to date:

10:00 a.m. (outside room 200)
Continental Breakfast

10:30 a.m. (Room 200)
“A Contrarian View of Steroids: What’s Wrong With Being All You Can Be?”
Professor Paul Finkelman, President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy, Albany Law School

11:00 a.m. (Room 200)
“From The Dominican Republic To The United States: An Alumnus’s Perspective On Being An International Sports Agent”
Eric Bowman ’90, Founder and Senior Partner, Bowman Law Firm

1:00 p.m. (Room 200)
2011 Edward C. Sobota ’79 Memorial Lecture
“It’s A Wise Child That Knows Its Father: A Search For Baseball’s Origin”
John Thorn, Official Baseball Historian, Major League Baseball, and Author,Baseball in the Garden of Eden

2:00 p.m. (Room 200)
“From Flood To Free Agency”
Henry D. Fetter, Attorney and Author of Taking on the Yankees: Winning and Losing in the Business of Baseball

3:00 p.m. (Room 200)
“The Laws and Litigation Safeguarding Intellectual Property Against Infringement and Piracy”

  • Marc A. Lorenti, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations
  • Moshe Bonder ’03, Regional General Counsel – Americas, CG Power Solutions USA Inc.
  • Susan E. Farley ’84, Principal, Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C.
  • Martin Schwimmer, Partner, Leason Ellis LLP

4:00 p.m. (Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom)
“If You Build It, They Will Come: A Discussion On Stadium Construction”

  • Joseph Gunn, New York City Corporation Counsel
  • Katherine Baynes, Partner, DLA Piper LLP
  • Michael Klein, Town Attorney, Town of Ramapo
  • Moderator: David Fernandez ’92, Partner, Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP

5:15 p.m. (Outside Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom)
Coffee Break

5:45 p.m. (Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom)
“The Legal State Of Our National Pastimes”

  • JR Rickert, President and CEO, National Sports Management
  • Douglas Gladstone, Author, A Bitter Cup of Coffee: How MLB and The Players Association Threw 874 Retirees a Curve
  • David L. Snyder, Professor, Department of Sport Management at the State University of New York College at Cortland
  • Rick Murphy, Vice President, General Manager, Partner, Tri-City Valley Cats
  • Moderator: Hank Domin, Sports Editor, Albany Times Union

7:00 p.m. (East Foyer)
Extra Innings Reception with hot dog cart and Cracker Jacks
Book signings by Douglas Gladstone, John Thorn and Henry D. Fetter

The symposium is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Ian Group at the Albany Government Law Review at 518-472-5863

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