Ed Edmonds

Professor Emeritus of Law

Office: 3355 Biolchini
Phone: 574.631.5922
Fax: 574.631.8154
Email: edmonds.7@nd.edu
Website: http://scholarship.law.nd.edu/edmonds_sports_law/
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Ed Edmonds joined the Notre Dame Law School as director of the Kresge Law Library and professor of law in July 2006. Edmonds was the sixth law library director at the Notre Dame Law School. 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. Edmonds teaches Sports Law Seminar, and he has previously taught advanced legal research, antitrust law, criminal law, and entertainment law.

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 and the New Orleans Association of Law Librarians. 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.

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, 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.

Edmonds retired from the Kresge Law Library in December 2016.

Courses Taught

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

Scholarship

Books

Articles

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.
  • "Charles 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.
  • "Arthur 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.
  • "At 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
  • "The 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

  • Antitrust
  • Entertainment Law
  • Legal Research
  • Sports Law

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