JICL Symposium


Location: 1130 Eck Hall of Law (View on map.nd.edu)

From Courts of Sport to Courts of Justice: The Impact of International Sports on Individuals, Society, and the World

8:40 a.m. Opening Remarks

  • Michael Mercurio, Editor-in-Chief, J.D. ‘17
  • Jim Schwabe, Symposium Chair, J.D. ‘17
  • Mary Ellen O’Connell, Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law & JICL Faculty Adviser, Notre Dame Law School

8:50 – 9:35 a.m. – Sports & the Common Good

  • John Soares, Visiting Assistant Professor of History, University of Notre Dame: The Role of Hockey in the Cold War
  • Ed Edmonds, Professor Emeritus, Notre Dame Law School: The Vatican’s View on Sport at the Service of Humanity
  • Ed Mayo, Visiting Faculty, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame: Sport and the Child Soldier

9:45 – 10:50 a.m. – Entering the Sports & Entertainment Industry

  • Ndidi Massay, J.D. ‘93, New York State Athletic Commission
  • Matt Nussbaum, J.D. ‘04, Major League Baseball Players Association
  • Kevin R. Schulz, B.A. ‘96, Foley & Lardner LLP

11:00 – 11:55 a.m. – Advocating Before the Court of Arbitration for Sport

  • Michael Straubel, Professor of Law, Valparaiso University Law School: A Case Study in Russian Organized Doping

12:05 – 12:35 p.m. – JICL Student Panel

  • Leigha Crout, J.D. ‘16, L.L.M in Human Rights ‘17: Forced Evictions, Homelessness, and Destruction: Summer “Games”?
  • Joel Freeborn, J.D. ‘18: A Modern Tale of Forced Labor in the Desert and the Complacency of FIFA, and the West
  • Annie Nguyen, J.D. ‘18: Protecting the Integrity of Athletic Competitions at the Expense of Female Athletes
  • Luis Vargas, J.D. ‘18: Brexit, Doomsday for English Football?

12:45 – 2:00 p.m. – Keynote Question & Answer with Raghib “Rocket” Ismail
McCartan Courtroom


  • Nanovic Institute for European Studies
  • The Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Center for Civil and Human Rights
  • Notre Dame Sports, Communications, and Entertainment Law Forum
  • Notre Dame Career Development Office
  • MBA Sports Business Club