ANZSLA & SLA Virtual Outreach Event - Q&A Session

9:00am Tuesday, 30 June 2020
10:00am Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Members are invited to continue the conversation about the impact of COVID-19 on US sports with our panelists, Gregg Clifton and Prof Stephen Ross; and moderator, James Paterson.  Questions can be submitted in advance during registration.

Panelist: Gregg E Clifton, Principal, Jackson Lewis P.C & Co-Leader of the Collegiate and Professional Sports Practice Group

Mr. Clifton has extensive experience in the collegiate and professional sports world. He has advised numerous professional franchises on general labor and employment issues, including Title III ADA regulatory compliance and wage and hour issues. He serves as lead counsel for several Major League Baseball teams in their salary arbitration matters and has represented NCAA and NAIA collegiate clients regarding rules compliance, investigatory matters and in disciplinary hearings. In addition, he has handled Title IX investigations and compliance issues for NCAA and NAIA member institutions. Mr. Clifton has also worked extensively in the area of agent regulation and enforcement in professional and college sports and regularly provides counsel on issues relating to NCAA and NAIA amateurism issues and athlete eligibility questions. He has also served as an expert witness in matters involving sports agents’ work and responsibilities, as well as athlete compensation issues.

Panelist: Prof Stephen Ross, Lewis H. Vovakis Distinguished Faculty Scholar, Professor of Law, Director, Penn State Institute for Sports Law, Policy, and Research  

Professor Ross teaches and writes in the disparate areas of Sports Law and Comparative Constitutional Law. He clerked for Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, served as minority counsel for the Committee on the Judiciary of the U.S. Senate, and worked as an attorney for the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice. He has provided expert testimony and advice on sports antitrust issues to governmental entities and sports leagues and players associations around the world, and has consulted on sports league design for professional sports organizations in ice hockey, cricket, and motorcycle racing. Professor Ross has also served as a senior fellow of the American Antitrust Institute and as pro bono counsel to the AAI and consumer groups including the Consumer Federation of America on antitrust and sports litigation. He has co-authored casebooks in Sports Law and Comparative Constitutional Law and has served as visiting professor at a number of Canadian, English and Australian universities. Since 2016, Ross has served as executive director of the University-wide Center for the Study of Sports in Society.

Moderator: Prof James Paterson, Legal Counsel at Melbourne City FC; Senior Fellow, Sports Law Program, The University of Melbourne 

James Paterson acts as Legal Counsel for Melbourne City FC, a professional football club with teams competing in the major Australian domestic competitions, the A-League and W-League.

James is admitted to practice law in Victoria, Australia, and New York, USA. Prior to his time at Melbourne City FC, James worked as a private practice lawyer in both Australia and the United States, advising clients on M&A and capital raising projects, on corporate regulatory matters, and on sports and consumer law matters.

James also has director experience at state governing body and elite national sporting club environments, has acted as the Chair of the Law Institute of Victoria's Sports Law Committee, as well as the honorary solicitor to the Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA).

James has also acted as a Senior Fellow in the Sports Law Program at the University of Melbourne, lecturing in the Juris Doctor and Melbourne Law Masters programs, and as a Sessional Academic lecturer at RMIT’s Graduate School of Business and Law, teaching the subjects of Company Law and Advanced Contract Law. In the United States, James has acted as a guest lecturer on sports law topics at Fordham University, the University of Oregon, and at Syracuse University.