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Hell No: Caster Semenya’s Fight for Bodily Integrity - On the Field: Women in Sports Law

On April 30, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, ruled that the IAAF Eligibility Regulations for Female Classification (Athletes with Differences of Sex Development) (“DSD Regulations”) were valid, and suspended Caster Semenya’s, and her co-party Athletics South Africa (South Africa’s athletics governing body), request for arbitration. This is just the latest development in a years-long inquiry into how athletics organizations define Caster Semenya’s gender and whether and in what type of body she is able to compete in as a female athlete. The Court of Arbitration for Sport was created in 1984 to provide independent arbitration and mediation for disputes…

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Interview with Genie Doi, Esports Immigration Lawyer - On the Field: Women in Sports Law

I am pleased to introduce Ms. Genie Doi, founder and attorney-in-chief of immigrate.la and of counsel to ESG Law. Genie worked at top immigration firms in the Los Angeles Area after graduating from Loyola Law School with a concentration in Immigrant Advocacy in 2014. Prior to starting immigrate.la to handle immigration services for the Silicon Beach community in 2017, Genie served as General Counsel and Vice President of Operations for a mobile app development company. Genie became of counsel to ESG Law in 2018, joining Ms. Krista Hiner in the first US law firm devoted to esports. Thank you so much for your time today!…

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Interview with Krista Hiner, Esports Attorney & Bar Officer - On the Field: Women in Sports Law

Please welcome Ms. Krista Hiner, Esports Attorney at ESG Law and Officer of the Esports Bar Association. A graduate of William Mitchell College of Law, Ms. Hiner formerly was a Partner at Peterson Logren, & Kilbury, P.A., an employment law firm, before joining ESG Law in 2017. Ms. Hiner has served as a contributor to ESPN, spoken at esports conferences across the country, and is an avid gamer.  Thank you so much for taking the time to connect with me, Ms. Hiner. What drew you to the world of esports? What aspects of your work most excite you? Ms. Hiner: I…

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Lead Her Forward - On the Field: Women in Sports Law

February 6 marked the 33rd annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD). The Women's Sports Foundation, a nonprofit created in 1974 by tennis legend Billie Jean King, hosted the first National Girls and Women in Sports Day in Washington D.C. in 1987 as a means to celebrate and honor Flo Hyman through the creation of the Flo Hyman award. Flo Hyman, considered the world's best volleyball player in the world, attended the University of Houston — on the school's first scholarship for a female athlete — studying mathematics and physical education before putting her studies on hold to pursue volleyball professionally.…

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Interview with Michelle Skalrud, Excel Sports Management Counsel - On the Field: Women in Sports Law

          Please welcome Michelle Skalrud, Contracts Counsel at Excel Sports Management. In addition to earning her J.D. from New York Law School in 2015, Michelle earned a Master of Science in Sports Management from Columbia University. Michelle previously worked at Creative Artists Agency and served as a Legal Intern at the Brooklyn Nets, NBA Coaches Association, and Cuttita LLP.             Thank you so much for your time, Michelle Skalrud. Let’s get started! I’d be delighted if you could walk us through your typical day as Contracts Counsel at Excel Sports Management. Has…

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Interview with Jacques Anderson, Counsel at The Players’ Tribune - On the Field: Women in Sports Law

I’m excited to introduce Jacques Anderson, Legal Counsel at The Players’ Tribune. A graduate of Harvard Law and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, Jacques Anderson worked as a Mergers and Acquisition Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates prior to joining The Players’ Tribune in 2018.   Welcome, Jacques! Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me today. I was hoping you could share with me your path to The Players’ Tribune. Did you have an interest in sports during your undergraduate and law school education? Jacques: At a high-level, entering the…

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A Team of Mentors

It's easy to recognize the best sports teams. They often win championships or "get this close" to the finals almost every year. While many of these teams are built upon talent and access to elite resources, there is something that makes the truly great teams standout. It's this strange combination of trust and role delineation.  Finding your place in your career is the same way. Often we think of mentors as a single person, a coach, who can guide every professional decision we encounter. We imagine someone in our chosen field, with a personal and professional life we admire.   However, an…

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Interview with Sports Law Professor and Author Maureen Weston - On the Field: Women in Sports Law

I’m pleased to introduce Pepperdine University School of Law Professor Maureen Weston, J.D. Professor Weston is the Director of the Entertainment, Media & Sports Law Program and Dispute Resolution Project, in addition to her service on countless boards including the Sports Lawyers Association, American Association of Law Schools Law & Sport, and the Editorial Board of LawInSport. A graduate of the University of Colorado Law and the University of Denver, Professor Weston previously worked as an attorney. Her research interests include sports law, dispute resolution, ethics, and the intersection of these areas. We are pleased to welcome you, Professor Weston.…

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Sports Law Resources - On the Field: Women in Sports Law

My Fellow Sports Law Enthusiasts:  In doing research for this column and talking to sports lawyers, fellow students, and my career counselor, I've come across some helpful resources for those interested in SportsLaw. Here, I've compiled those resources, as well as a brief summary of what they provide.  Industry Insights Leveling the Playing Field podcast hosted by Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard provides in-depth interviews with women in the sports law industry, including upper-level management, CEOs, and journalists.   The Players' Tribune: Online media platform with articles and videos that focuses on athlete-created content. Uniquely presents issues from the athletes' perspective.  The White Bronco: Written by a team…

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When School Districts Undermine Title IX - On the Field: Women in Sports Law

  In my hometown’s backyard, some girls were momentarily robbed of their opportunity to pursue sports. With a budget deficit looming overhead, the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) cut ten high school sports programs, affecting roughly 500 students.  The sports include bowling, girls’ badminton, girls’ lacrosse, golf, boys’ volleyball, swimming, and wrestling. Such cuts affected nearly twice as many girls as boys.     Following the announcement, lawyers such as Elizabeth Kristen, Director of the Legal Aid At Work’s Gender Equity & LGBT Rights Program, have been working on Title IX cases against OUSD. There has also been an outpouring…

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