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

The Daily Reveille Writes Feature on the Legal Ease Podcast!

Hot off the presses! The Daily Reveille’s Katie Gagliano recently interviewed the members of the Legal Ease. The Legal Ease is a podcast from the Louisiana Law Review. Some segments from the article as well as a link appear below.

Third year law students Joe Cooper and Willie Walsh set up podcast equipment at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center on Sept. 6, 2017. Photo Credit, Kim Nguyen.

LSU law students’ podcast offers fun twist on legal issues

Grab your headphones, Tigers, because your new favorite podcast may be recorded just a stone’s throw from the Parade Ground.

The Legal Ease, a podcast produced by the University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center’s Louisiana Law Review, is entering its third season with new host Willie Walsh and co-host Joe Cooper. The show includes academic discussions about current legal issues with a fun talk-show format that makes the material accessible for lay people and busy legal practitioners.

Founded in 2015, the podcast was the brainchild of LSU Law Center graduate Alex Robertson, now an attorney with Irwin, Fritchie, Urquhart and Moore in New Orleans. Robertson was a podcast enthusiast who pitched the idea while applying to be the Law Review’s online editor, the role now occupied by Walsh.

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Baton Rouge Business Report features The Legal Ease Podcast!

David Jacobs, of the Baton Rouge Business Report, recently interviewed the members of the Legal Ease. Quotes from the article and a link to the full article are below!

Jack Zeringue, left, and Cam Miller host an episode of “The Legal Ease,” a podcast created and operated by students from the LSU Law Center’s Louisiana Law Review. While podcasts have become wildly popular in other subjects, “The Legal Ease” is one of only a few operated by a law review journal, joining the likes of UCLA, Yale, Northwestern and Fordham. The podcast’s guests and hosts discuss legal issues and how they relate to Louisiana, as well as pertinent public affairs matters. Photography by Don Kadair

On a recent Monday morning at the LSU Law Center, third-year law students Jack Zeringue and Cam Miller are putting together the latest episode of “The Legal Ease,” the Louisiana Law Review podcast. They’re about to have an academic discussion about a technical legal issue, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a little fun.

“The Legal Ease” is in its second season. Zeringue and Miller say they want the show to be informative and entertaining for law students, academics and legal practitioners, while also shedding light upon legal topics in the news that interest the general public.

LSU Law Center graduate Alex Robertson suggested starting a podcast as part of his pitch to be the law review’s online editor for the 2015-2016 school year. Robertson, now an attorney with Irwin, Fritchie, Urquhart & Moore in New Orleans, is a fan of the medium, and he helped create podcasts as part his job with a web design firm before entering law school.

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