Guests and Speakers

Like Davos, Switzerland and Sundance, Utah, we seek to create a space where leaders of an industry can gather, share, teach and learn.  Our goal is a truly immersive atmosphere with a cross-section of age groups, backgrounds, and disciplines.

Each afternoon and evening, when classes are done and the gym is quiet, Oregon Law’s award-winning Summer Sports Institute hosts a variety of lectures, events, films, and other gatherings.  Below is a partial list of some of our most recent—and favorite—guests.

Jeffrey Benz
CAS arbitrator and former inside counsel for the USOC

Maggie Carlyle
Inside counsel for the Pac-12

Gina Ciacusa
Inside counsel for the Women’s Tennis Association

Woody Dixon
Inside counsel for the Pac-12

Lucas Ferrer
Sports lawyer and arbitrator based in Barcelona

Ed Goines
Inside counsel for the Seattle Seahawks

Sathya Gosselin
Plaintiff’s lawyer for Ed O’Bannon

Brian Gudmundson
Plaintiff's lawyer handling NHL concussion litigation

Brian Halloran
Former citizen member of the NCAA Committee on Infractions

Faisal Hasan
Inside counsel for DraftKings

Jeff Hawkins
UO Director of Football Operations

Bob Hersh
Senior Vice President of the IAAF

Adam Kelly
Inside counsel for Columbia Sportswear

Ken Landphere
Sports agent at Octagon Football

Ben Lauritsen
Inside counsel for the Portland Trailblazers

Ilhyung Lee
Professor of sports law and culture at the University of Missouri

Nona Lee
Inside counsel for the Arizona Diamondbacks

Paul Loving
Oregon Law alum and outside counsel for adidas

Oliver Luck
Executive VP at the NCAA

Casey Martin
Former pro golfer who successfully sued the PGA under the Americans with Disabilities Act

Matt Massari
Oregon Law alum and inside counsel for Nike

Maya Mendoza-Exstrom
Inside counsel for the Seattle Sounders

Marcos Motta
Sports lawyer and agent based in Sao Paulo

James Nafziger
Professor of international sports law at Willamette University College of Law

Joe Nocera
New York Times columnist and noted critic of the NCAA

James Patterson
Senior fellow at the University of Melbourne

Elizbeth Perris
Federal bankruptcy judge

Carol Pratt
Oregon Law alum and former women’s basketball coach

Shondell Reed
Head of NCAA compliance at the University of Washington

Gregor Reiter
Managing director of the German agents’ association

Luiz Felipe G. Santoro
Sports lawyer and scholar based in Sao Paulo

Becky Sisley
Former UO Women’s Athletics Director

Ibrahima Souare
Inside counsel for the French Tennis Federation

Jody Sykes
University of Oregon Chief NCAA Compliance Officer

Karen Tiedemann
Bond counsel for the financing of Levi Stadium

Travis Tygart
President of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency

Norman Wain
Inside counsel for the USATF

Martha Walters
Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court

Alex Winsberg
Inside counsel for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim