Ed Edmonds

Associate Dean for Library and Information Technology and
Professor of Law


Office: 2345A Biolchini Hall
Phone: 574.631.5916
Fax: 574.631.8154
Email: edmonds.7@nd.edu
Staff Assistant: Terri Welty
Website: http://lawlibrary.nd.edu/baseball_salary_arbitration/index.html
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Associate Dean Ed Edmonds joined the Notre Dame Law School as director of the Kresge Law Library and professor of law in July 2006. Dean Edmonds is the sixth law library director at the Notre Dame Law School. Dean Edmonds is a 1973 graduate of the University of Notre Dame (A.B. – History), and he graduated with an M.L.S. from the University of Maryland and a J.D. from the University of Toledo. He served as the law library director at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary, the Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, and the Schoenecker Law Library at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dean Edmonds teaches Advanced Legal Research and Sports Law Seminar, and he has previously taught antitrust law, criminal law, and entertainment law.

Dean Edmonds has been an active participant in professional law library associations. He served as the president of the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries (SEAALL) and the New Orleans Association of Law Librarians (NOALL). He is also active in the Association of American Law Schools and has served as the chair of both the Section on Law Libraries and the Section on Sports and the Law.

Professor Edmonds primary scholarly interests involves antitrust and labor issues involving baseball. In particular, he has written and spoken about the trilogy of United States Supreme Court cases (Federal Baseball v. National League, Toolson v. New York Yankees, and Flood v. Kuhn) that created baseball antitrust exemption. He is the co-editor of the Hein’s Sports Law Legislative History Series and is currently conducting extensive research on baseball salary arbitration.

In recent years, Dean Edmonds has been a regular speaker at the annual Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture and the Annual Spring Training Conference on the Historical and Sociological Impact of Baseball sponsored by Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture.

Courses Taught

LAW60703, Legal Research
LAW70207, Advanced Legal Research
LAW73907, Sports Law Seminar

Scholarship

Books

Co-editor with Thomas Kettleson and William Manz, Congress and Sports Agents: A Legislative History of the Sports Agent Responsibility and Trust Act (SPARTA), William S. Hein & Co. (2008).

Co-editor with William Manz, Congress and Boxing: A Legislative History, 1960-2003, William S. Hein & Co. (2005). Volume one includes "Congress Finally Lands a One-Two Combination: A Legislative History of the Professional Boxing Safety Act of 1996 and the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act."

Contributing author. Theater Law: Cases and Materials (Carolina Academic Press 2004).

Cornering the Market: The Yankees and the Interplay of Labor and Antitrust Laws, Chapter 18, Courting the Yankees: Legal Essays on the Bronx Bombers, Ettie Ward, editor, Carolina Academic Press (2003).

Co-editor with William Manz, Baseball and Antitrust: The Legislative History of the Curt Flood Act of 1998, William S. Hein & Co., three volumes (2001). Volume one includes "The Curt Flood Act of 1998: A Congressional Response to Baseball's Antitrust Exemption."


Articles

Arthur Soden'€™s Legacy: The Origins and Early History of Baseball'€™s Reserve System 5 Albany Gov'€™t L. Rev. 38 (2012).

Contributing author, A Roundtable Discussion for the Digital Age: Brady v. NFL,, Entertainment and Sports Lawyer 1 (No. 2 Summer 2011).

At the Brink of Free Agency: Creating the Foundation for the Messersmith-McNally Decision – 1968-1975, 34 Southern Illinois University Law Journal 565 (2010).

A Most Interesting Part of Baseball’s Monetary Structure - Salary Arbitration in Its Thirty-Fifth Year, 20 Marquette Sports Law Review 1 (2010).

The Impact of Curt Flood's Minor League Baseball Experiences on His Lawsuit Against Bowie Kuhn, 16 NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture 62 (No. 2 2008).

Architecture Series: The Intellectual Hub of a New Law School: The Schoenecker Law Library Built for the University of St. Thomas School of Law,_ 8 AALL Spectrum 16 (May 2004).

The University of St. Thomas Law Library: A New Library for a New Era in Legal Education, 13 Trends in Law Library Management and Technology 5 (2002).

The Curt Flood Act of 1998: A Hollow Gesture After All These Years? 9 Marquette Sports Law Journal 315 (1999).

Meet My Mentors-Janet Wallin and Caroline Hariot, 91 Law Libr J. 208 (1999).

Over Forty Years in the On-Deck Circle: Congress and the Baseball Antitrust Exemption, 19 Thurgood Marshall Law Review 627 (1994).

Postsecondary Athletics and the Law: A Selected Bibliography, 5 J.C. & U.L. 65 1977-1979.

Lectures and Presentations

Co-presenter with Michael Cozzillio, “Jackie Robinson, Integration, and the Negro Leagues…More Disguise Than Blessing?”, 25th Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, co-sponsored by the State University of New York at Oneonta and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, New York, May 29, 2013.

“Baseball's Interesting Relationship with the U.S. Supreme Court,” 2012 Hesburgh Lecture, Notre Dame Club of Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, August 9, 2012.

Co-presenter with Frank Houdek, “Separating Folklore and Myths From Reality: Searching For the Truth,” 24th Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, co-sponsored by the State University of New York at Oneonta and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, New York, June 1, 2012.

“Armando Marnsans, the Major League’s First Cuban Star, and His Federal League-National League Fight,” NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture - 19th Annual Spring Training Conference on the Historical and Sociological Impact of Baseball, Tempe, Arizona, March 9, 2012.

“The ‘Impeachment’ of Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis,” Sports Law Academic Symposium, National Sports Law Institute, Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 20, 2011.

Panelist, “Best Practices for Evaluating a New Electronic Resource,” Annual Meeting, American Association of Law Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 24, 2011.

€"The '€˜Impeachment'€™ of Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis,"€ NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture - 18th Annual Spring Training Conference on the Historical and Sociological Impact of Baseball, Tempe, Arizona, March 11, 2011.

"A Look at Baseball'€™s Handling of a '€˜Fistful of Dollars'€™ - MLB'€™s System of Salary Arbitration,"€ 2011 Hesburgh Lecture, Notre Dame Club of Greater Sarasota, Sarasota, Florida, February 24, 2011.

"€œCharles O. Finley and the Beginning of Salary Arbitration,"€ 22nd Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, co-sponsored by the State University of New York at Oneonta and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, New York, June 3, 2010.

"€œArthur Soden'€™s Legacy: The Origins and Early History of the Reserve Clause,"€ NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture - 17th Annual Spring Training Conference on the Historical and Sociological Impact of Baseball, Tempe, Arizona, March 13, 2010.

"Current Legal Issues in Professional Sports,"€ Notre Dame Law School Continuing Legal Education, Notre Dame, Indiana, October 3, 2009.

"€œAt the Brink of Free Agency - Creating the Foundation for the Messersmith-McNally Decision - 1968-1975,"€ 21st Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, co-sponsored by the State University of New York at Oneonta and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, New York, June 3, 2009.

"The Negro Leagues -€“ Was a Merger Possible?" Panel presentation, "The Integration of Baseball and the Influence of Jackie Robinson Upon the Negro Leagues: Consideration of an Alternative Approach,” Diversity and Sports: The History, The Challenges, and The Future, Dean’s Leadership Forum on Diversity, Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, March 16, 2009.

"Major League Baseball Salary Arbitration in 2009," NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture - 16th Annual Spring Training Conference on the Historical and Sociological Impact of Baseball Tucson, Arizona, March 13, 2009.

"Major League Baseball's Salary Arbitration," Hot Stove meeting, Oscar Charleston Chapter (Indianapolis), Society for American Baseball Research, Conner Prairie Museum, Fishers, Indiana, February 7, 2009

"€œThe Great Dodgers Pitching Tandem Strikes a Blow for Salaries: The 1966 Drysdale-Koufax Holdout and Its Impact on the Game,"€ William M. Simons, editor, The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture: 2007-2008 (2009).
(This paper was originally presented on June 8, 2007 at the Cooperstown Symposium.)

The Enduring Legacy of Curtis Charles Flood: His Courageous Legal Struggle for Personal Dignity

Areas of Expertise

  • Entertainment Law
  • Legal Research
  • Sports Law

In the News


NBA lockout strips team websites of player images - My Fox8, SunSentinel (Quotes: Ed Edmonds) - July 1, 2011

Dean Edmonds quoted by Douglas Farmer in LA Times article A compendium of corruption: Some of the notorious (and some alleged) scandals in sports history. - June 4, 2011

Dean Edmonds quoted in New York Times on Yankees Logo - April 19, 2011

Dean Edmonds quoted in Post Chronicle on Yankees Logo - April 19, 2011