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The 2013 Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium—Concussion Conundrum—explores, debates, and informs on the key issues facing players, teams, leagues, doctors, and lawyers regarding head injuries and brain trauma in sports.
Panels include commentary from well-known retired professional athletes about concussion awareness and prevention amongst players; an examination of both sides of the NFL Concussion Injury Litigation—the concussion injury class action suit brought by former NFL players against the league; an exploration of the science and concussion-related liability facing professional and amateur sports; and a look at where we are and where we are going with media personalities commenting on the state of sports and concussions.
Andrew Brandt, Director of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law and NFL Business Analyst, has covered the concussion issue for ESPN and moderates all panels.
The Symposium takes place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., in the Arthur M. Goldberg Commons at Villanova University School of Law. This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 2 substantive CLE credits. The event is free for non-CLE attendees.
Panel 1: Framing the Issue
Retired professional athletes discuss concussion awareness, prevention, and treatment from their playing days as well as views of the present awareness and atmosphere surrounding concussions in sports. Panelists to be announced.
Panel 2: Building the Case— A Legal and Medical Background of Concussions
Legal and medical experts explore the liability issues of amateur and professional sports and share their perspective on the diagnosis and treatment of concussions.
· Paul Anderson, founder of NFLConcussionLitigation.com
· Marc Edelman, Associate Professor of Law, Barry University
· Dr. Michael Marino, MD, Attending Physician at Drucker Brain Injury Center
Panel 3: Concussion Injury Litigation v. NFL: Looking at Both Sides
Practicing attorneys, including one representing plantiffs, engage in a balanced, in-depth discussion of the key arguments in NFL Concussion Injury Litigation—the class action suit brought by former NFL players against the league.
· J. Gordon Cooney, Jr. ’84 VLS, Morgan Lewis, expert on the defense of class actions suits
· Sol Weiss ’72 VLS, Anapol Schwartz, Co-lead Counsel in NFL Concussion Injury Litigation
Panel 4: What‘s Next?: Parents, Media, Administrators, and Scholars Look Ahead
ESPN personalities examine the state of the sport of football in light of concussions, whether parents should let their kids play, and where the NFL will be in 20 years.
· Roger Cossack, Legal Analyst, ESPN
· Ashley Fox, NFL Columnist, ESPN
· Peter Keating, Senior Writer, ESPN
When & Where
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Villanova University School of Law
299 North Spring Mill Road
Villanova, PA 19085