SELLA Hosts Sports Law Expert
by Krista Hatcher
The Law School’s Student Employment & Labor Law Association
Jessica Molyneaux, 3L, introduces
(SELLA) and Entertainment and Sports Law Students Association (ESLSA) co-hosted a lecture by Clark C. Griffith on Wednesday, November 15. Mr. Griffith spoke to the groups about the association between labor law and antitrust law in professional sports. Scott Bukstein, President of ESLSA said, “Clark C. Griffith is a leading expert in the areas of antitrust and sports law. Our students greatly benefited from Mr. Griffith’s practical and informative presentation on the labor-antitrust interface in sports.” Jared Butcher, Co-Chair of SELLA added, “I thought the event was well attended. I was pleased with both the excellent speaker and the high turnout. It was fascinating to see the interplay between two diverse areas of law.”
Mr. Griffith, who teaches a Sports Law course at William Mitchell College of Law, is a former owner, Executive Vice-President and Treasurer of the Minnesota Twins Baseball Club. His firm, CCG, P.A., specializes in the areas of business, antitrust and sports law, and represents business organizations and sports leagues. Mr. Griffith also serves as an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association. He has published a number of articles and given presentations on labor and antitrust in sports law.
SELLA hosts several events each semester, including a Practitioners Reception each spring, where students can meet practicing attorneys and other professionals in the areas of labor and employment law. Throughout the past two semesters, ESLSA has hosted a variety of presentations and debates. Past ESLSA speakers include: Terry Ryan (General Manager and Vice President of Minnesota Twins), Kevin Warren (General Counsel for Minnesota Vikings), Chris Wright (President of Minnesota Timberwolves), and Jacquelyn Kozak (Senior Counsel at Target Corporation). Upcoming speakers will include an athlete representation specialist from Williams and Connolly LLP, and a local attorney who is a nationally recognized authority on entertainment and media law.