In the spring of each year, the Fordham Sports Law Forum holds an annual Symposium on Current Legal Issues in Sports which has attracted many of the top practitioners in the industry and is annually the best attended symposium at Fordham Law School.

For more information regarding our 23rd Annual Symposium, which will take place Friday, February 22, 2019 at our law school, click here.

Since 2001, the Fordham Sports Law Forum has had distinguished alumni give the keynote address at each symposium.  Past keynote speakers include:

2001: Dave Howard, Executive VP, New York Mets

2002: Edward Tighe, Attorney, NFL

2003: Tim Brosnan, Executive VP, MLB

2004: Pamela Lester, Lester Sports and Entertainment Inc.

2005: Stephanie Vardavas, Nike

2006: James Quinn, Partner, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP

2007: Tim Brosnan, Executive VP, MLB

2008: John Mara, CEO New York Giants

2009: Dean John Ferrick, Arbitrator

2010: John P. McEnroe, Of Counsel, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

2011: Howie Roseman, General Manager, Philadelphia Eagles

2013: Ken Hershman, President of HBO Sports

2014: Joseph Collins, Counsel for the New York Yankees

2015: Jessica Berman, VP and Deputy General Counsel, National Hockey League; Shepard Goldfein, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

2016: DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director, National Football League Players Association; Ken Hershman, Former President of HBO Sports

2017: Jeffrey Kessler, Partner at Winston & Strawn; Anastasia Danias, Chief Litigation Officer, National Football League

2018: Jeffery Gerwitz, Executive Vice President of Business Affairs and Chief Legal and Compliance Officer, Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment.
Past Symposium Topics and Speakers