Institute of Sports Law and Ethics

About the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics
The Institute of Sports Law and Ethics was founded by Santa Clara Law, the SCU Department of Athletics and Recreation, and the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. Its 30-member board includes distinguished athletes and sports executives. The institute’s signature event is an annual Symposium on Sports Law and Ethics in September, covering subjects such as concussions, steroids, amateurism, and the commercial use of athletes’ images. In 2012 ISLE added a community outreach component, established the ETHOS Award, and created a task force to study amateurism.


Introducing timely commentary regarding ethical and legal issues in sports by Michael Gilleran J.D., Executive Director of ISLE, and Jack Bowen, ISLE Board Member.


Report on the NCAA’s Engagement of a Source’s Counsel and Use of the Bankruptcy Process in its University of Miami Investigation


Jim Thompson and Positive Coaching Alliance Receive Inaugural ETHOS Award for Ethics in Sports

Santa Clara University’s Institute of Sports Law and Ethics (ISLE) awarded its inaugural ETHOS Award for Ethics in Sports to Jim Thompson and the organization he founded, Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA).

PCA is a national nonprofit based in Mountain View, Calif., with the mission to transform the culture of youth and high school sports to develop “Better Athletes, Better People.” Since its founding in 1998, PCA has impacted more than 4.5 million youth athletes, primarily through live group workshops that incorporate Thompson’s books on youth-sports coaching and parenting, as well as through online courses and publications. Read more…

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