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September 12, 2013 @ 9:00 am – September 12, 2013 @ 6:00 pm
Locatelli Center
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053
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Selected proceedings from the 4th annual Sports Law and Ethics Symposium

Alan Schwarz presentation
Lunchtime conversation with Jack Clark and Jim Thompson

Symposium Agenda
Speaker Bios

Keynote Speakers:

Alan Schwarz

Alan Schwarz, New York Times reporter and author of numerous concussion-related articles

Ronnie Lott

Ronnie Lott, NFL Hall-of-Famer and Co-Chair (with John Madden) of the NFL’s Player Safety Advisory Board

Retired San Francisco ’49er Speakers:

Ronnie Lott

NFL Hall-of-Famer
Ronnie Lott

Brent Jones

Three-time NFL All-Pro
Brent Jones

Panel Moderators:

Dr. Robert Cantu

The Science of Concussions
Dr. Robert Cantu
Clinical Professor Department of Neurosurgery and Co-Director Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, Boston University School of Medicine, Senior Advisor to the NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee

Ramogi Huma

Concussions in Football
Ramogi Huma
President, National College Players Association

Brandi Chastain

Concussions in Soccer
Brandi Chastain
Women’s Soccer Olympic and World Cup Champion, Broadcaster

Tom Farrey

Youth Sports
Tom Farrey
ESPN Reporter and director of the Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society Program

Ted Leland

Legal Perspectives
Ted Leland
University of the Pacific VP of External Relations – Athletics

Special Lunchtime Presentation:
“What We Can Learn From What Happened at Rutgers”

Jack Clark

Jack Clark, Cal Head Coach, Rugby (winner of 22 National Collegiate Rugby Championships)

Jim Thompson

Jim Thompson, CEO and Founder, Positive Coaching Alliance

Our Distinguished Panelists:

Dr. Corey Goodman, Dr. Michael Lipton, Dr. Cindy Chang, Dr. Chris Giza, Dr. Alisa Gean, Isaiah Kacyvenski, retired NFL player; Patrick Larimore, former UCLA football team captain; Bryan Larimore, father of Patrick Larimore; Tim Fleiszer, retired Canadian Football League player, currently an agent; Jeff Skeen, CEO of Full 90 Sports; Professors Jack Sahl, Robert Rabin, Doug Abrams, and William Gould; Shawn Stuckey, retired NFL; Rob Carey, attorney.

About the Symposium:

Concussions have become an important concern of sports from the professional to the youth levels. Literally thousands of lawsuits have been filed, and numerous sports organizations have taken initiatives to protect their players. This Symposium brings together thought leaders from the fields of medicine, law, sports and ethics. The result will be a stimulating forum on where sport is and should be with respect to this important subject.

Institute of Sports Law and Ethics
Santa Clara, California 95053

Gold Sponsors:


Oakland A's

San Francisco ’49ers

San Jose Sharks

Silver Sponsors:

Law Seminars International
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP
Elizabeth Roth and Ron Katz
Zelle Hofman Voelbel & Mason LLP

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Hotel Information

Please click on the online reservations link under your hotel of choice to directly reach the hotel’s reservation system. This will guarantee you receive the preferred rate for Symposium attendees.

Candlewood Suites Silicon Valley/San Jose
481 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Online reservations for the Candlewood

The Fairmont San Jose
170 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113
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4th Annual Sports Law Symposium Agenda

9:00-9:05 a.m.

Welcome – Chairman of the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics, Dean of Santa Clara Law

9:05-10:00 a.m.

Keynote Addresses:
Alan Schwarz, NY Times

Ronnie Lott, NFL Hall-of-Famer and Co-Chair (with John Madden) of the NFL’s Player Safety Advisory Board

10:00-11:00 a.m.

I. The Science of Concussions
Dr. Robert Cantu, Boston University
Dr. Corey Goodman, Venbio
Dr. Cindy Chang, U.S. Olympic Committee
Dr. Chris Giza, UCLA
Dr. Alisa Gean, UCSF

11:00-11:15 a.m.


11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

II. Concussions in Football

Ramogi Huma, Moderator, National College Players Association
Ronnie Lott, retired NFL Player
Brent Jones, retired NFL Player
Isaiah Kacyvenski, retired NFL Player
Patrick Larimore, retired captain of UCLA football team
Bryan Larimore, father of Patrick Larimore
Tim Fleiszer, retired Canadian Football League player

12:30-1:45 p.m.

Special Lunchtime Presentation

“What We Can Learn from What Happened at Rutgers”

Jack Clark, University of California, Berkeley Rugby Coach (Introduced by Dan Coonan, Santa Clara University Athletic Director)

Jim Thompson, Positive Coaching Alliance (Introduced by Kirk Hanson, Executive Director, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics)

1:45-2:45 p.m.

III. Concussions in Soccer

Brandi Chastain, Moderator, Olympic and World Cup Soccer Champion
Dr. Michael Lipton, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Jeff Skeen, CEO of Full90 Sports
Jack Sahl, Professor, University of Akron Law School

2:45-4:00 p.m.

IV. Could Concussion Liability Reshape Youth Sports?
Football participation is down, with more parents steering their children away from the game. As the dangers of head trauma to children become more apparent, will lawyers and insurance companies be the next to take action? How vulnerable are youth sports organizations and coaches to the kind of lawsuits that have been directed at the NFL and NCAA? Will high schools continue to underwrite collision sports such as football if insurance premiums rise? Is tort law a threat to youth sports – or an opportunity for reform? It’s a central question that the ISLE explores in concert with the Aspen Institute’s Project Play, a two-year project that will help reimagine youth sports in America.
Tom Farrey, Moderator, ESPN and the Aspen Institute
Shawn Stuckey, retired NFL player
Doug Abrams, Professor, University of Missouri Law School
Michael Pilawski, Athletic Director, St. Francis High School

4:00-4:15 p.m.


4:15-5:30 p.m.

V. Legal Perspectives on the 4000+ Concussion Cases

Ted Leland, Moderator, University of the Pacific VP of External Operations & Athletics
Rob Carey, attorney
Robert Rabin, Professor, Stanford Law School
Bill Gould, Professor, Stanford Law School

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2013 Sports Law Symposium Speaker Bios

Doug Abrams, a University of Missouri law professor, coached youth hockey for 42 years. Now he speaks and writes law journal articles, book chapters, newspaper editorials, and regular blog columns about player safety and the role of youth sports in America. He is the 2013 recipient of the Excellence in Safety Award presented by USA Hockey, the sport’s national governing body.

With royalties from his four books about family law and juvenile law, he created Happiness for Health, a permanent endowment that provides toys, stuffed animals, games, and parties for the sick and injured patients at the University of Missouri Children’s Hospital.

Prof. Abrams served on the Missouri Bar’s Children and the Law Commission, and he wrote several pediatric health and safety statutes. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Missouri Division of Youth Services, one of the nation’s foremost juvenile justice treatment agencies. He also serves on the Missouri Juvenile Justice Association’s board of directors. He is a Fellow of the Missouri Bar Foundation, which improves the law through education, public service, and charitable initiatives.

Dr. Robert CantuDR. ROBERT CANTU
Currently Dr. Cantu’s professional responsibilities include those of  Clinical Professor Department of Neurosurgery and Co-Director Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA; Senior Advisor to the NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee; Founding member and Chairman Medical Advisory Board Sports Legacy Institute, Waltham, MA; Adjunct Professor Exercise and Sport Science and Medical Director National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC; Adjunct Staff Department of Neurosurgery and Senior Advisor Brain Injury Center, Children’s Hospital Boston, Boston, MA; Co-Director, Neurologic Sports Injury Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Chief of Neurosurgery Service, Chairman Department of Surgery, and Director of Sports Medicine at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Massachusetts, Neurosurgical  Consultant Boston Eagles football team, and prior Neurosurgical Consultant Boston Cannons professional lacrosse team. Dr. Cantu also consults with numerous NFL, NHL and NBA teams. Dr. Cantu also serves on the Mackey White TBI advisory committee to the NFLPA.

As an author of numerous books as well as articles on sports medicine topics, he is frequently invited to participate in symposiums addressing a wide range of sports medicine topics including anabolic steroid use; eating disorders in female athletes; acute and chronic brain injury in boxing; and on-the-field evaluation and medical management and return to play guidelines following head and spine sports injuries. Dr. Cantu’s most recent book “Concussion and Our Kids” was released September 2012 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Rob Carey, a partner in Hagens Berman, specializes in class-action lawsuits, with recent cases such as the student-athlete likeness litigation, the Final Four Entry Fee litigation, and assisting LeGarrette Blount in his quest to get reinstated on the football field. He has tried numerous cases to verdict, with as much as $75 million at stake. From 1990 to 1996, Mr. Carey was Arizona’s Chief Deputy Attorney General, supervising 300+ lawyers. He currently serves as the Chair of the Arizona State Bar Class Action and Derivative Suits Committee and recently co-authored the Arizona section of the American Bar Association’s 2010 survey of class action law.

Cindy J. Chang, MD, served as head team physician for Cal’s 27 athletic teams from 1995 to 2008.  She continues to work at UC-Berkeley as a sports medicine specialist, and serves as a consultant and team physician for the Cal intercollegiate athletes.  She is Co-Chair of the California Concussion Coalition, and actively serves on the California Interscholastic Federation’s Sports Medicine Committee.

She was an elected four-year member of the Board of Directors for the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), and has also served on the Medical Education Committee for the American College of Sports Medicine. She is a Past President for AMSSM, which is one the largest organizations of primary care sports medicine physicians in the world.

Chang worked at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and was part of the USA medical team for the Winter Paralympic Games in Nagano, Japan, in 1998 and in Salt Lake City in 2002. She served as Chief Medical Officer for the USA delegation at the 2007 Parapan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro, the 2008 Summer Paralympic Games in Beijing, and most recently the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

She was the 2003 recipient of the AMSSM Founders Award, given to a sports medicine physician who demonstrates outstanding professional achievement and service to the community.  Chang was also recently selected to receive the 2013 Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award, given annually to an individual for his/her contributions to the growth and development of sport medicine through practice and/or scholarly activity. Past award recipients have included Sir Roger Bannister, Dr. Jimmy Andrews, and Dr. Eric Heiden.

A two-time All-American, Brandi Chastain gained international fame by helping the U.S. National Team win the inaugural Women’s World Cup, by bringing home the first-ever Olympic women’s soccer gold medal and making that famous penalty kick to secure a second World Cup. Brandi, a former Bronco All-American and assistant coach, returned to the Broncos full-time for the 2010 season as a volunteer assistant coach and is set to begin her third season on the sidelines. Brandi also serves as an expert commentator on Olympic and World Cup Soccer broadcasts.

Jack Clark has served as  California’s varsity rugby head coach since 1984 (assistant coach 1982-83), compiling the most successful record in the team’s 131-year history, currently 559-71-5 (.880) in the traditional 15-a-side version of the game and 45-11 (.803) in the Olympic 7s code of rugby, which returns as a medal sport to the 2016 Summer Games. The Golden Bears’ era of success under Clark has included the 2013 Collegiate Rugby Championship in 7s and 22 national collegiate championship titles in 15s.

In a singular honor, Clark delivered the keynote address at the International Rugby Board’s Conference on the Game 1998. In 2000, he was chosen one of Cal’s Ten Most Influential Sports Figures of the 20th Century by The Daily California, joining legendary Cal Hall of Fame coaches Carrol “Ky” Ebright, Brutus Hamilton, Pete Newell and Lynn “Pappy” Waldorf on the honor roll. Clark was the recipient in 2001 of the Craig Sweeney Award, which is bestowed to formerU.S. internationals for their “significant contribution to the game”. A past chairman of the Cal Head Coaches Advisory Board, Clark has also received National Coach of the Year awards and numerous Cal Coach of the Year awards.

Since taking over as Santa Clara University’s Director of Athletics and Recreation on August 27, 2004, Dan Coonan has helped take the Broncos to new heights on the fields, in the classroom and in the community. For his efforts, he was recently named as one of the Bay Area’s Top 25 Sports Power Players by the San Jose Mercury News. In the past six years, the Broncos have won two WCC Commissioner’s Cups, finishing as the runner-up twice. They have won nine WCC Championships, and teams or athletes from nine different sports have advanced to post-season play at least once. Twenty Bronco teams have advanced to NCAA Tournaments, with two reaching the Final Four. The Broncos have had one National Player of the Year, 20 All-Americans, a Rhodes Scholar, and seven Conference Players of the Year. Mr. Coonan is one of the founders of the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics at Santa Clara University.

Tom Farrey is an ESPN reporter and director of the Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society Program, which has addressed such topics as Title IX, youth football safety, and amateurism. He is the author of Game On: The All-American Race to Make Champions of Our Children, a leading investigative work on contemporary youth sports.

Tim Fleiszer is the first player in Canadian Football League history to win four Grey Cup championships with four different teams. Selected 1st overall in the 1998 CFL Draft, Fleiszer won more championships than any player, coach or executive in the CFL during his decade-long career.

A leader on and off the field, Tim was a team captain on three teams (Montreal, Ottawa and Edmonton) and a CFL Players Association representative for four years. He was twice nominated for the Tom Pate award, given to the CFL player who demonstrates outstanding community service.

A cum laude graduate of Harvard University (B.A. ’98), Fleiszer joined Gil Scott Sports Management as a partner in January 2008. In addition to his efforts with GSSM, Tim is the Founder and Executive Director of the Sports Legacy Institute Canada, which serves to “advance the study, treatment and prevention of the effects of brain trauma in athletes and other at-risk groups”. He also serves as a consultant with Xenith, SportsLab NYC and Clutch Private Financial Management.

Alisa D. Gean, MD is a Professor of Radiology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Gean’s editorial activities include JAMA, American Journal of Neuroradiology, Radiology, Journal of Trauma, Journal of Neurotrauma, Annals of Neurology, Journal of Neuro-AIDS, and the Journal of Computed Assisted Tomography. She has delivered over 200 national and international invited lectures, written 4 books, 24 book chapters, and over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, and scientific abstracts.

Dr. Gean lectures nationally and internationally on the topic of traumatic brain injury, and is a founding member of the Brain and Spine Injury Center (“BASIC”) at UCSF.  She has written extensively on the topic of TBI, and is the sole author of the internationally recognized textbook, “Imaging of Head Trauma”.  She has consulted with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), the Centers for Disease Control(CDC), the Department of Defense, and the National Football League on the topic of head injury.

In 2008, she volunteered for a month at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany to study combat TBI. To this end, she has been working to better understand the difference between civilian and battlefield brain injury, and has recently finished another single-authored textbook titled “Brain Injury: Applications to Civilian Trauma from War and Terrorism”.

Christopher Giza graduated from Dartmouth College, received his M.D. from West Virginia University and completed his internship at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Giza then trained in Adult and Pediatric Neurology at UCLA, after which he worked on the Yosemite Search and Rescue team. In 1998, he returned to UCLA and joined the Brain Injury Research Center. His research interests include neuroplasticity, recovery from injury, sport-related concussions, post-traumatic epilepsy and brain development. Dr. Giza leads the Pediatric TBI/Sports Concussion program at UCLA. He traveled to Afghanistan in 2011 as a civilian advisor to the Department of Defense and Co-Chaired the American Academy of Neurology’s committee which developed an evidence-based Practice Guideline for Management of Sports Concussions in 2013. He serves on the Center for Disease Control’s Pediatric mild TBI committee, the NCAA Concussion Task Force, the Major League Soccer Concussion Program Committee and as Vice-Chair for the California State Athletic Commission. He is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatric Neurology and Neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine and Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA.

Corey Goodman is a scientist, educator, and biotechnology entrepreneur.  With a B.S. from Stanford University and Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley, he spent 25 years as Professor of neurobiology at Stanford and Evan Rauch Chair of Neurobiology at Berkeley, where he was Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Head of the Division of Neurobiology, and co-founder and Director of the Wills Neuroscience Institute.  He is an Adjunct Professor at U.C. San Francisco.

Dr. Goodman is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and American Philosophical Society, and the recipient of many honors including the Alan T. Waterman Award, Canada Gairdner Biomedical Award, March-of-Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology, Reeve-Irvine Research Medal, and Dawson Prize in Genetics from Trinity College Dublin.

Today Dr. Goodman is a Managing Partner of venBio, a strategic capital firm investing in innovative therapeutics for major unmet medical needs, based on a novel model of strategic investment in partnnership with Amgen, Baxter, and PPD.

Dr. Goodman is on the Board of the California Council on Science and Technology, Pacific Institute, Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium, and is former Chair of the National Research Council’s (NAS) Board on Life Sciences and past President of the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience. He is an advisor to numerous biomedical foundations, and a member of the editorial board of Science Translational Medicine and Neuron.

A prolific scholar of labor and discrimination law, Bill has been an influential voice on worker-management relations for more than forty years.  He has served as chairman of the National Labor Relations Board.  Professor Gould has been a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators since 1970 and has arbitrated and mediated more than 200 labor disputes, including the 1992 and 1993 salary disputes between the Major League Baseball Players Association and the Major League Baseball Player Relations Committee.  He currently serves as Independent Monitor for FirstGroup America, addressing freedom of association complaints, and is the Charles A. Beardsley Professor of Law, Emeritus at Stanford Law School.

Kirk O. Hanson is Executive Director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University and John Courtney Murray, S.J. University Professor of Social Ethics. He has held these positions since 2001 when he took early retirement from Stanford University where he taught in the Graduate School of Business for 23 years and holds the rank of faculty emeritus. The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics is one of the most active ethics centers in the U.S., working in business, government, health care and K-12 character education. Mr. Hanson is a graduate of Stanford University and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He has held graduate fellowships and research appointments at the Yale Divinity School and Harvard Business School.

Ramogi Huma is the founder and President of the National College Players Association (NCPA) and a former UCLA football player. Huma founded the NCPA in 1997 after the NCAA suspended his teammate Donnie Edwards for accepting a bag of groceries when he had no food during the season and after being informed that the NCAA prevented UCLA from paying medical expenses from injuries that occurred during summer workouts. Since its creation, 17,000 pision I college athletes from over 150 campuses have joined the NCPA, which serves as college athletes’ only independent voice. Huma earned a bachelor degree in sociology and a master of pubic health degree from UCLA.

Brent JonesBRENT JONES B.S. ’85
Brent has served as a Managing Director of Northgate since co-founding the firm in 2000. Brent played 12 years in the National Football League, including 11 with the San Francisco Forty-Niners where he was a four-time All-Pro performer and three-time Super Bowl champion. He was honored as the NFL’s Bart Starr Award recipient in 1998 for outstanding character in the home, on the field, and in the community.

Isaiah Kacyvenski played in the National Football League for 8 years for the Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams and the Oakland Raiders, andserves on the Board of Directors of the not-for-profit, Sports Legacy Institute.  He was also the VP of Investor Relations for Sail Venture Partners—which he still serves as a Special Advisor–before leaving for Harvard Business School in 2009. After graduating from Harvard Business School in 2011, Isaiah joined MC10, a cutting-edge conformal electronics company based in Cambridge, MA, as the Head of Sports Segment.

After being the Harvard University Male Athlete of the Year and becoming the highest draft pick in Harvard history, Isaiah played in the NFL for eight years, was elected Special Team Captain three years in a row and served in this role during Super Bowl XL.

Isaiah is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including 1st Team AP All-American and the Nils V. “Swede” Nelson Award given to “best, most academically talented” football player in New England He holds a Cum Laude Bachelor degree in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard University and graduated from Harvard Business School’s MBA program in May of 2011.

Mr. Katz, who heads the litigation group in the Palo Alto office of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and is a sports law lecturer at Santa Clara Law, specializes in complex commercial dispute resolution with an emphasis on intellectual property, antitrust and technology matters. He represented a class of 2062 retired National Football League players against their union resulting in a $28,100,000 jury verdict. Mr. Katz also teaches a course in trial advocacy at Stanford University Law School.

Bryan Larimore is the father of Patrick Larimore. He knows first-hand the difficult issues a family faces when a family member who is a star football player suffers from serious concussions.

Patrick Larimore was formerly UCLA football team captain and starting middle linebacker. After suffering repeated concussions, including one that sidelined him for over a month, Patrick retired from college football in August of 2012. He skipped his final season of eligibility as a senior, and potentially a promising career in the NFL, citing personal health as paramount to sports. Patrick had been heralded as one of the nation’s top middle linebackers. His standout play in 2011 earned him Defensive MVP honors, leading UCLA’s squad with 81 tackles and reestablishing the program’s defensive prowess.

Patrick experienced several concussions during UCLA’s 2012 spring training camp. Following a full medical examination, confirming the medical risks of continued competition, Patrick opted to protect his long-term health and forego his football career.

Since his retirement from football, Patrick has actively advised student-athletes in high school and college to take head injuries more seriously and cautiously. Patrick earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA in 2012. His story was the subject of an ESPN E:60 feature presentation.

Dr. Ted Leland, the Vice President for External Relations and Athletics, took over as the athletic director of Pacific Athletics on July 1, 2011. Beginning his second stint as the director, Leland will lead Pacific Athletics for a two-year period while overseeing the implementation of Pacific’s new strategic plan for Intercollegiate Athletics. Leland was named The Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics at Stanford University on June 7, 1991, and was the guiding force in leading an athletics program that was voted “the most admired collegiate athletic program in the nation.” From 1991-2005, Stanford won 53 national team championships in 14 different sports, including an NCAA record six national titles in 1996-97. Cardinal teams consistently competed for the national championship in virtually each sport every year. In 2004-05 alone, Stanford had 26 programs finish in the Top 25 nationally, including 10 in the Top 5 and 16 in the Top 10. He is a member of the board of the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics at Santa Clara University.

Michael Lipton, a neuroradiologist and neuroscientist, is Associate Director of the Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center and Director of Radiology Research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine as well as Medical Director of MRI Services at its University Hospital, Montefiore Medical Center, both in New York. He divides his professional time between the clinical practice of neuroradiology, teaching and research. Dr. Lipton’s research broadly addresses the use of advanced noninvasive imaging technology to reveal heretofore inaccessible substrates of brain dysfunction, particularly in the realms of behavior and cognition. More specifically, his research program has focused for nearly a decade on detecting and characterizing the effects of mild brain injury (AKA concussion). Specific areas of emphasis at present include the understanding of inter-individual differences in the manifestations of brain injury and the cumulative effects of repetitive subconcussive injury in sports. Dr. Lipton’s work on the impact of subconcussive “heading” on brain structure and function in amateur soccer players, funded by the Dana Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, has been reported extensively in the press worldwide.

Ronnie is a four time Super Bowl Champion with the San Francisco 49ers. He played cornerback, free safety and strong safety in the NFL from 1981 to 1995. He played college football at the University of Southern California and was honored as a consensus All-American. Lott was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000. He is widely considered one of the best defensive backs in NFL history. USA Today praised him as “one of the most successful athletes at making the transition to business” and he advises professional athletes who are making the transition to the business world. Mr. Lott has maintained a long and successful career in the alternative asset investment industry in the Bay Area. He is also well known for his philanthropic work in the community.

Michael Pilawski has been the Athletic Director at Saint Francis High School for nine years.  Before that he had been teaching and coaching high school sports for seven years. He has a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. in Catholic school administration from the University of San Francisco, and has received a CAA (certified athletic administrator) credential.

Donald J. PoldenDONALD J. POLDEN
Former Santa Clara Law Dean Donald Polden is a well-known scholar in the areas of employment law and legal education. He has practiced law, principally in the areas of federal antitrust law and employment law, in the federal and state courts. Since his appointment as Dean in 2003, Polden was instrumental in developing the curriculum for leadership education, a movement that is growing in significance in American legal education. He serves as chair of the American Bar Association’s Standards Review Committee that is charged with revising the accreditation policies for American legal education. Dean Polden is a graduate of George Washington University and the Indiana University School of Law.

Robert L. Rabin is the A. Calder Mackay Professor of Law at  Stanford University.  He received his B.S., J.D., and Ph.D. (Political Science) from Northwestern University.  He has served as Senior Environmental Fellow at the Environmental Protection Agency, 1979-1980; Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Sociolegal Studies, Oxford University, in 1982; Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 1982-83; Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, 1987-88; Jack N. Pritzker Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law, fall semester 1994; and Visiting Professor at New York University School of Law, 1999-2000, 2007-08, 2009-10, 2011-12.

 Professor Rabin teaches courses in Torts, Toxic Harms and Protection of Personality.  Among his published books are Cases and Materials on Tort Law and Alternatives (with M. Franklin & M. Green), Foundation Press (9th edition, 2011); Torts Stories (with S. Sugarman), Foundation Press (2003); Regulating Tobacco (with S. Sugarman), Oxford University Press (2001); Perspectives on Tort Law, Aspen Publishers (4th edition, 1995); and Smoking Policy:  Law, Politics, and Culture (with S. Sugarman), Oxford University Press (1993). He has extensive experience relating to the tobacco litigation, which has been compared by some to the current concussion litigations.

John P. (Jack) Sahl is a Professor of Law and the Faculty Director of the Miller-Becker Center for Professional Responsibility at the University of Akron School of Law. He teaches sports and entertainment law; is the Alternate National Collegiate Athletic Association Faculty Athletics Representative; and has been on the NCAA Athletics Certification Self-Study Committee, the Agent Advisory Committee, and the University Athletics Committee. He also teaches a film and legal ethics seminar and a U.S. Legal System course to international lawyers and students each summer at Yale University.

He has a J.D. from the University of Vermont Law School and an L.L.M. from Yale University Law School.

Alan Schwarz, prize-winning author and journalist for the New York Times, helped bring the connection between concussions and early-onset dementia to national attention with a series of articles starting in 2007. These articles have become an important part of the national discussion on this issue and have led to Congressional hearings and to policy changes by the National Football League. Mr. Schwarz has won numerous journalism awards, including two Associated Press awards for feature writing in sports, and a George Polk award for sports writing.

Jeff Skeen is the founder and chief executive officer of Full90 Sports, Inc., which he started after witnessing his daughter suffer her third concussion while playing soccer. Today, Full90 is recognized in the soccer community as the company that brought attention to the issue of concussions and is the leader in developing and marketing protective headgear for soccer players worldwide.

As a motorcycle racer, he experienced more than 20 diagnosed concussions and has undergone brain surgery for a subdural hematoma. When his racing career ended, becoming professionally involved in the design, production and distribution of protective equipment came naturally.

He is Chairman of Affinity Sports, the largest provider of state youth soccer end-to-end management systems in the US.

Skeen is a member of ASTM International, earned a degree in Business Marketing from San Diego State University and frequently speaks on the subject of injury prevention and concussions at medical conferences.

Shawn Stuckey represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex litigation matters. Shawn’s area of practice includes sports law litigation, antitrust, and complex insurance coverage disputes.  Shawn has worked on some of the most complex antitrust, sports law, and insurance coverage cases in the country including representing retired National Football League (NFL) players against the NFL in the 2011 NFL Lockout; representing current and former NCAA student-athletes against the NCAA and Electronic Arts arising out of the alleged misappropriation of student-athletes’ publicity and antitrust rights; and both coverage and subrogation claims arising from the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks.

Shawn, a retired NFL football player (New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings, & Tampa Bay Buccaneers), dean’s list law student, and award winning author, attended the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis. Shawn’s experience as a retired NFL football player makes him uniquely situated to handle matters involving current and former professional and amateur athletes.

Jim Thompson is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Positive Coaching Alliance, a nonprofit formed at Stanford University with the mission to create a movement to transform the culture of youth sports so that all youth athletes have a positive, character-building experience. Before launching PCA, Jim was director of the Public and Global Management Programs at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he also taught courses in leadership and nonprofit issues.


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