September 21, 2012
See "Kings for a Day."
Dean Lombardi, President and General Manager of the Los Angeles Kings – winners of this year's Stanley Cup – will return to Tulane Law School for a two-day visit to his alma mater on Thursday, September 20, and Friday, September 21. Mr. Lombardi, who earned his J.D. from Tulane Law School in 1985, will bring his coaching staff along to visit classes and speak with students. Mr. Lombardi will speak about the value of legal training for coaching and sports management and career opportunities in the field on Friday, September 21, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in Room 110 of Weinmann Hall on the Tulane campus. The event is open to all members of the Tulane community.
Sports analysts have credited Lombardi for transforming the Kings and leading the team to its first Stanley Cup win. "The real hero, even if he'll never take credit," wrote ESPN analyst Pierre LeBrun, "is indeed Lombardi, who took over the Kings in 2006 and completely rebuilt the team." Prior to joining the Kings, Lombardi was General Manager of the San Jose Sharks and a Pro Scout for the Philadelphia Flyers.
The first law school to offer a certificate of specialization in sports law, Tulane's Sports Law Program is the leading such program in the country. In addition to Lombardi, other prominent Tulane Law alumni in the field include Mike Tannenbaum, General Manager of the New York Jets; Aileen Daly, General Counsel for the Philadelphia Eagles; J. Kent Friedman, Chairman of the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority; Renee Gomila, Associate Director of Enforcement for the NCAA; Ari Nissim, Director of Football Operations for the New York Jets; Tandy O'Donoghue, Vice President of Operations for World Wrestling Entertainment; and Marc Reeves, Director of International Commercial Operations for the NFL.