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

Opening Remarks
8:30 AM – 8:40 AM

Panel 1

Current Issues in Sports Law — Part I
8:40 AM – 10:40 AM

10:40 AM – 10:50 AM

Panel 2

Gaming In Louisiana: Issues and Trends
10:50 AM – 12:00 PM

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Panel 3

Current Issues in Sports Law — Part II
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Panel 4

Civil Rights and Sports: A National Conversation
3:15 PM – 5:30 PM


Opening Remarks

Dean Thomas C. Galligan, Jr., LSU Law Center


Part I

Panel 1: Current Issues in Sports Law

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


Part II

Panel 3: Current Issues in Sports Law

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


Parking for the Symposium is available at LSU Union Square, located on East Campus Drive next to the LSU Law Center.  The rate is $1.50 per hour every day from 7 AM to 10 PM. Click here for a map of the parking area.


Nearby hotels include:

The Cook Hotel at LSU
3848 W. Lakeshore Dr.
225/383-COOK (2665)

Hampton Inn & Suites
462 Lafayette Street
225/382-2100 or 800/426-7866
Downtown Baton Rouge

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
201 Lafayette Street
225/344-5866 or 800-955-6962
Downtown Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Marriott
5500 Hilton Ave.
225/924-5000 or 800/228-9290


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