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The Shifting Legal Landscape of Collegiate Competition

FEBRUARY 24, 2023



You can livestream the symposium by clicking HERE.

The University of Memphis Law Review will explore the many legal issues surrounding collegiate sports in America in its 2023 symposium. The Supreme Court's recent decision in NCAA v. Alston initiated a major shift in the way collegiate sports operate in the United States legal system. But there are many issues that have not been resolved for student athletes and the institutions for which they compete. These issues must be addressed now in order to ensure the fairness of collegiate competition and some measure of protection and just compensation for student athletes. Issues such as frameworks for collegiate sports gambling; resolution of employment and labor disputes; and regulation of name, image, and likeness (NIL) compensation and more will be addressed by experts and legal minds from across the country in our symposium. 

CLE credit has been approved in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi.

Virtual attendees, please fill out the Uniform Certificate of Attendance and the participant critique form and return them to Symposium Editor Alex Daichman at ndichman@memphis.edu 

Parking:  There is limited, metered parking available on the NORTH side of Court Ave., directly next to the law school.  However, there are two garages available for attendees to park in that are within walking distance. The Metro67 garage is located at 22 N Front St, Memphis, TN 38103.  There is also a Premium Parking garage at 85 N Front St, Memphis, TN 38103.

Contact Symposium Editor, Alexander Daichman at Alex.Daichman@memphis.edu for more information.

This event is sponsored in part by the Student Event Allocation.

Symposium Schedule

*All times in Central Time

7:30–8:30 a.m. - Registration and breakfast

8:30–8:45 a.m. - Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:45–9:30 a.m. - Professor David Grenardo, Professor of Law & Associate Director of the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions, University of St. Thomas School of Law

        • Preparing for the Inevitable—Compensating College Athletes For Playing—By Comparing Two Pay-For-Play Methods: The Duke Model Versus the Free Market Model

9:30–10:15 a.m. - Andrew Schwarz, Partner at OSKR, LLC

        • Prohibiting NIL Inducements is a Form of Second-Class Citizenship

10:15–10:30 a.m. - Break

10:30–11:15 a.m. - Professor John Wolohan, Syracuse College of Law

        • A Reexamination of College Athletes: are Athletes Students or Employees?

11:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m. - Professor Ron Rychlak, Distinguished Professor and Faculty Athletic Representative, University of Mississippi School of Law, & Julie Owen, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Compliance, Kansas State University

        • Unanticipated Problems with the Transfer Portal

12:00–1:00 p.m. - Lunch Break

1:00–1:30 p.m. - Eric Dunn, Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice

        • Remarks on Antitrust

1:30–2:15 p.m. - Professor Richard Karcher, Associate Professor, Sport Management Program; Faculty Athletics Representative, School of Health Promotion and Human Performance; Eastern Michigan University

        • The NCAA as Joint Employer? Let's Be Real

2:15–3:00 p.m. - Professor J. Haskell Murray, Associate Professor of Business Law and Management, Belmont University

        • State Law and Religious University NIL Restrictions for NCAA Athletes

3:00–3:15 p.m.  - Afternoon break

3:15–4:45 p.m. - Professor Lynda Black, Associate Professor of Law and Faculty Athletics Representative, University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, & Professor William W. Berry III, Associate Dean for Research and Montague Professor of Law, University of Mississippi School of Law

        • NIL Wrap-Up and Q&A

4:45–5:00 p.m. - Closing Remarks

The University of Memphis Law Review hosts its annual symposium every spring at the Law School. For more information about the most recent past topics and speakers, please visit the links below.


2019: Barriers at the Ballot Box: Protecting or Limiting the Core of the American Identity?

2018: The American Addiction: Pathways to Address the Opioid Crisis

2017 - The Fragile Fortress: Judicial Independence in the 21st Century

2016 - Urban Revitalization: The Legal Implications of Remaking a City

2015 - In re Valor: Policy and Action in Veterans Legal Aid

2014 - Juvenile Courts in Transition

2013 - Breaking the Silence: Legal Voices in the Fight Against Human Trafficking 

2012 - Cultural Competency and the Death Penalty