News: Oregon Law Summer Sports Institute Features All-Star Faculty

Jun 16, 2015

Law Students Learn From Top Professors During 2015 Institute


EUGENE, Ore. – (June 16, 2015) -- The University of Oregon School of Law, building upon the success of the 2014 Summer Sports Institute, has gathered leading sports law educators from across the country for this summer’s session.

The five-week Oregon Law Summer Sports Institute starts July 6 and provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the world of sports law. Consisting of 10 week-long courses led by legal experts from around the country, the Summer Sports Institute is unique in the nation. Students earn up to six transferable law school credit hours while immersing themselves in this growing legal specialty.

Oregon Law Summer Sports Institute Director Rob Illig has assembled an "All-Star" team of faculty members to lead the Institute's diverse assortment of classes, lectures, and career panel discussions. They include renowned legal scholars from law schools across the country, Oregon Law alumni currently employed by Nike and adidas, and a number of professors from the UO law and business schools.

"The summer 2015 faculty is outstanding and builds upon the amazing faculty who helped us to launch the Institute last year,” said Illig. “The Summer Sports Institute is a great way to study sports law, and a great way to study business law. Intensive, robust, in-depth, but fast-paced and fun.”

This year’s visiting professors include Timothy Dave, Wake Forest School of Law; N. Jeremi Duru, American University Washington College of Law; Gabriel Feldman, Tulane University Law School; Josephine (Jo) R. Potuto, University of Nebraska College of Law; Daniel A. Rascher, University of San Francisco; and Maureen Arellano Weston, Pepperdine University School of Law.

The Oregon Law faculty rounding out this summer’s roster include Robert Illig, Dean’s Distinguished Faculty Fellow; Roberta Mann, Loran L. Stewart Professor of Business Law; Michael Moffitt, Philip H. Knight Dean; Margaret Paris, Professor of Law; Jennifer Reynolds, Assistant Professor and Faculty Director of the Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center; and Merle Weiner, Philip H. Knight Professor of Law.

New this year is visiting professor Michael McCann, from the University of New Hampshire School of Law. In addition to teaching sports law, sports business, antritrust law, and media and journalism legal classes, McCann is an award-winning journalist. He is a writer and legal analyst for Sports Illustrated and, for which he has authored more than 300 legal columns and investigative articles. Through reporting, McCann has broken major news stories on Donald Sterling, Ed O’Bannon v. NCAA, Bobby Petrino, and other national sports law controversies. McCann is also the On-Air Legal Analyst for NBA TV and SI Now, and is a frequent commentator on TV.

With numerous group activities and events, the students' experience during the Institute will go far beyond the classroom. The program includes behind-the-scenes tours of UO Athletics facilities like the Football Performance Center, day trips to Portland for a Timbers soccer match, whitewater rafting and much more.

To learn more, visit the Oregon Law Summer Sports Institute website, or contact Professor Rob Illig at

This program is made possible by support from Academic Extension at the University of Oregon. UO Academic Extension provides exceptional credit and noncredit educational opportunities to people seeking university-level instruction and enrichment beyond the traditional campus experience.