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Matthew J. Mitten

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Professor Mitten is the Director of the National Sports Law Institute and the LL.M. in Sports Law program for foreign lawyers at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He served as the Law School's Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from July 2002 to June 2004. He currently teaches courses in Amateur Sports Law, Professional Sports Law, and Torts and has also taught Antitrust Law, Comparative Sports Law, International Sports Law, Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and a Sports Law seminar.

Professor Mitten earned a B.A. in Economics from The Ohio State University and his JD, magna cum laude, from the University of Toledo College of Law. He is a member of the Order of the Coif and served as a Note & Comment Editor for the University of Toledo Law Review's editorial board. He practiced antitrust and intellectual property law with Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP in Atlanta, Georgia, from 1984-1989. He taught at South Texas College of Law in Houston from 1990-1999 and has been a visiting professor at the University of Toledo College of Law as well as a visiting lecturer in sports medicine at The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine. Matt has been appointed a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School in Australia and is a member of the International Advisory Board for its Graduate Diploma in Sports Law program. He has also taught sports law courses at the University of Barcelona in Spain and the University of Queensland in Australia.

A leading sports law scholar, he has published articles in the Iowa, Maryland, Marquette, New England, Pittsburgh, St. John's, St. Louis, Nebraska, Seton Hall, and South Texas law reviews as well as in the New England Journal of Medicine.

In August 2003 he testified before a Congressional joint subcommittee regarding proposed federal regulation of ephedrine. He has given lectures and presentations about a wide variety of sports law topics at numerous conferences and seminars throughout the United States as well as in Australia and in China.

Professor Mitten is a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Lausanne, Switzerland) (serving on the ad hoc Division for the XXI Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia) and the American Arbitration Association’s commercial, consumer, Olympic sports, and United States Anti-doping Agency arbitration panels, and the Ladies Professional Golfers Association’s drug testing arbitration panel. He is the president of the Sports Lawyers Association and serves on its Board of Directors. He formerly chaired the American Association of Law Schools' Section on Law and Sports and the NCAA’s Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports, and served on the inaugural Board of Directors oft he Forum for the Scholarly Study of Intercollegiate Athletics at the invitation of former NCAA president Myles Brand.   


Timothy Davis

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One the country’s best known sports law scholars, Professor Tim Davis is the John W. & Ruth H. Turnage Professor of Law at Wake Forest School of Law.  He has co-authored a casebook on sports law, and co-authored The Business of Sports Agents, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.  He frequently presents papers and lectures at academic conferences and continuing legal education seminars.  Tim serves on the Review Board for the United States Anti-Doping Agency and is a member of the Board of Advisors for the National Sports Law Institute.  In addition, Tim teaches Contracts and Sales, and is a member of the Contracts Drafting Committee of the National Conference of Bar Examiners.  Prior to coming to Wake Forest, Tim taught for nine years at Southern Methodist University and practiced commercial litigation in Denver, Colorado.  Tim is a tenor and shares a passion for music with his wife and daughter.


BA, 1975, Stanford
JD, 1979, University of California at Berkeley


Rodney Smith

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Rodney Smith currently serves and the Director of the Sports Law and Business Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. He previously served as a Distinguished Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Liberal Education, has served on the International Board of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, and recently served as a Visiting Professor at the Washington and Lee College of Law. Professor Smith previously served as dean of the schools of law at Capital University, the University of Montana, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Professor Smith also taught at the University of North Dakota, Widener University, Brigham Young University, and the University of San Diego. Professor Smith held the Herff Chair of Excellence in Law and was serving as interim dean at the University of Memphis immediately prior to his service as President at Southern Virginia University. 

Professor Smith is the author or co-author of three scholarly books and more than twenty-five scholarly articles, and he is recognized for his scholarship in the freedom of religion and sports law areas.


Robert C. Berry

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Robert C. Berry is professor emeritus of law at Boston College Law School where, in 1972, he introduced the first law school course in the United States dealing with legal problems in professional and amateur sports.  Since then, Professor Berry has been active in teaching, researching and consulting in both the sports and entertainment industries.

In addition to his co-authorship of Aspen Publishers’ Sports Law and Regulation, he is the author or co-author of several books and articles on the sports and entertainment industries.  His books include Representation of the Professional Athlete: Law and Business of the Sports Industries (two volumes), Labor Relations in Professional Sports, and Law and Business of the Entertainment Industries, currently in its fourth edition. 

From 1979 to 1986, Professor Berry served as the first chair of the American Bar Association’s Sports Division of the Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries.  He was then a member of the Governing Committee of the Forum from 1986 to 1992.  In those capacities, he organized and moderated numerous national sports and entertainment conferences.

Professor Berry has been a member of the Massachusetts bar since 1961.  In addition to teaching and writing, his professional activities include:

  • serving as legal consultant to various sports management companies, and professional athletes and entertainers;
  • arguing salary arbitration cases in Major League Baseball, for the Boston Red Sox and, in other years, for MLB players;
  • appearing as an expert witness on ethical and legal practices of lawyers and agents in the sports and entertainment industries;
  • serving as a commercial arbitrator; and
  • acting of counsel in personal rights (such as rights of publicity) and other sports and entertainment related litigation.

Professor Berry has been a guest on Larry King Live and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, as well as interviews on ESPN and all major networks’ evening news.  He has also been a guest columnist for the New York Times.

Professor Berry received his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri and his law degree from Harvard University.