2016-2017 Symposium


Legalized gambling and sports are major contributors to our local, regional, and national economies. Louisiana and Mississippi’s combined revenues from legalized gambling in 2014 alone were nearly 5 billion dollars. Professional and college sports teams and events are also strong cultural and economic drivers, both having billion dollar impacts locally, regionally, and nationally.

Both sports and gaming are, however, industries which involve complex legal issues.

These issues run the gamut from regulatory and licensing requirements to admiralty issues associated with riverboat gaming; from online gaming to employment contract issues for professional athletes. Furthermore, as technology continues to evolve rapidly, new legal issues are arising in the sports and gaming arena, from fantasy football to online poker, on a near weekly basis.

These complex and evolving legal issues are extremely important as they have a direct impact on major economic drivers in our state, our region, and our country at large. Furthermore, recent protests had raised issues related to the intersection of sports and civil rights into the public consciousness.

In this Symposium, the LSU Law Center, the Pugh Center for Justice and experts from across the country will gather to discuss and analyze these important, complex, and evolving legal issues. Please join us as we explore this important convergence of sports, gaming, and the law.

To see recordings of the panels please click here.

Friday, Jauary 27, 2017

Panel 1: Current Issues in Sports Law — Part I

  • Robert W. Barton Taylor Porter, Adjunct Faculty at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center
  • Marc Edelman, Associate Professor of Law at Baruch College CCNY
  • Abigayle C. Farris, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C.

Panel 2: Gaming In Louisiana: Issues and Trends

  • Dean A. Sutherland, Of Counsel at Jeansome & Remondet, Adjunct Faculty, LSU Law Center
  • Paul S. West, Shareholder at Baker Donelson, Adjunct Faculty, Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Panel 3: Current Issues in Sports Law — Part II

  • Josephine Potuto, Professor of Law, University of Nebraska College of Law
  • William Berry, III, Associate Professor of Law, University of Mississippi School of Law
  • Matthew Mitten, Professor of Law, Marquette University Law School

Panel 4: Civil Rights and Sports: A National Conversation

  • Todd J. Clark, Professor of Law, North Carolina Central University School of Law
  • Laura R. McNeal, Associate Professor of Law, University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law
  • Josephine Potuto, Professor of Law, University of Nebraska College of Law
  • Roger M. Groves, Professor of Law, Florida Coastal School of Law