2 – 3 p.m. (ET) | 1 – 2 p.m. (CT) | 11 – 12 a.m. (PT)
The wave of student activism sweeping college and professional athletics
has created a myriad of social, legal and communications issues for
colleges and universities. However, the employment law implications should
not be overlooked. Federal and state anti-discrimination, anti-retaliation
and whistleblower laws, as well as the First Amendment, create a thicket of
legal issues that colleges and universities must also navigate.
These movements also impact the ongoing efforts to grant employment rights
to student-athletes. Not long ago, it appeared that colleges and
universities had beaten back these challenges. But student-athletes’
demands on social justice issues may revive the push for employment rights
or lead to further legislative interventions in the relationships between
college athletes and the institutions they represent.
These sessions will be interactive to allow for productive dialogue.
Please feel free to circulate amongst colleagues.
- Michael R. Phillips (Partner, McGuireWoods)
- DeMaurice Smith (Executive Director, National Football League Players Association)
- Brian D. Barger (Moderator - Partner, McGuireWoods)