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National Baseball Arbitration Competition – Information and Schedule

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National Baseball Arbitration Competition – Information and Schedule

Next week, the Tulane Sports Law Society is hosting the 5th annual National Baseball Arbitration Competition.  Forty teams from law schools across the country will compete in the unique and specialized context of MLB's salary arbitration proceedings.  The two-day competition begins Thursday, February 9th and culminates on Friday afternoon with the championship round and symposium, both of which are open to the public.

The championship round of the competition will be held on Friday, February 10th from 2:00 to 3:15 pm.  Following the competition, from 3:30 to 6:00 pm, there will be a symposium featuring two panel discussions. The first panel discussion - The New CBA: Change and Continuing Peace - will be held from 3:30 to 4:30. The second panel discussion - Hot Topics in Baseball: International Issues, Arbitration Today, and More - will be held from 4:40 to 5:50. The symposium concludes with final remarks by Professor Gabe Feldman. 

Both events will be held in the Kendall Cram Lecture Hall of the Lavin-Bernick Center, located on Tulane's uptown campus.

The lineup of guest arbitrators and panel members for the competition includes:

Nona Lee, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the Arizona Diamondbacks. 
Jon Fetterolf, Partner, Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington D.C.
Larry Silverman, former Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Pittsburgh Pirates.
Darren Heitner, Attorney, Wolfe Law Miami P.A.; Chief Editor, SportsAgentBlog.com.
Jorge Arangure Jr., Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine.
Marc Kligman, Baseball Agent, Total Care Sports Management.
Bryan Minniti, Assistant GM of the Washington Nationals. 
Steven Fehr, Outside Counsel to the MLBPA.
Scott Shapiro, Agent at Praver Shapiro Sports Management.
Jay Reisinger, Partner at Farrell & Reisinger, LL
Clark Griffith, Attorney; AAA Arbitrator; former Owner and Executive Vice President of the Minnesota Twins and former Chairman of Major League Baseball Properties.

Tulane National Baseball Arbitration Competition

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Tulane National Baseball Arbitration Competition

The Tulane National Baseball Arbitration Competition is less than two weeks away.  TJ Henry, who is responsible for organizing the competition, was recently interviewed about the competition by Hardball Times.  You can listen to the podcast here: http://bit.ly/zZ3Qon.

Every year, the Tulane Sports Law Society puts on a moot MLB arbitration competition where law students from across the country argue simulated salary-arbitration cases. Like law school moot court competitions, the National Baseball Arbitration Competition's main goal is to provide participants with the opportunity to sharpen their oral and written advocacy skills. The competition, however, is unique in that it allows law students to sharpen these skills within the specialized context of MLB's salary arbitration proceedings.  The competition also provides a unique opportunity to network with industry professionals who serve as arbitrators and panel members at the symposium which follows the competition.

This is a must-hear podcast for law students who are interested in competing in future years and others who want a better sense of what the competition is.

Call For Judges: Mardi Gras Moot Court

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Call For Judges: Mardi Gras Moot Court

Each year, the Tulane Moot Court Board, in conjunction with the Tulane Sports Lawyers' Journal, hosts the Mardi Gras Sports Law Competition, an appellate competition focusing on sports-law related topics.  Teams representing 32 ABA-accredited law schools from across the nation will compete in this exciting and unique appellate competition, the only one of its kind in the nation devoted entirely to topics related to the practice of sports law.

This year's competition runs from February 15th through the 17th. We are currently seeking members of the bar to assist in judging the competition. If you will be in New Orleans on the above date, have a law degree, and would like to be a judge, please contact Andrew Sensi (asensi@tulane.edu).

This year's problem, based on the recent litigation surrounding the NFL and NBA lockouts, asks (1) whether the Norris-LaGuardia Act prohibits district courts from issuing an injunction to enjoin a league lockout, and (2) whether a sports league's lockout is protected from antitrust scrutiny by the nonstatutory labor exemption.
Past topics include: sports lotteries, whether a sports league is a single entity when collectively licensing and marketing team and league trademarks, fantasy football and the right of publicity, and whether age restrictions by professional sports leagues violate section one of the Sherman Act.

For more information please see the Tulane Moot Court Board's website. (http://www.law.tulane.edu/tlsOrgs/mootcourt/index.aspx?id=5054)


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