2023 Harvard Sports Law Symposium Event Descriptions
The Harvard Committee on Sports & Entertainment Law (“CSEL”) is excited to present the annual Harvard Sports Law Symposium. Kicking off the symposium, Professor Peter A. Carfagna, together with previous award recipients Jeffery Pash and Mike Zarren, will present the 2023 Paul C. Weiler Distinguished Alum Award to Jihad Beauchman. After this presentation, Professor Carfagna will hand out the Weiler Scholar Award and the Weiler Writing Prize to this year’s student award winners. For the remainder of the lunch hour, the Paul C. Weiler Distinguished Alum Award winners will partake in a fireside chat moderated by Professor Carfagna.
The Weiler Awards are named in honor of Paul C. Weiler, the Henry J. Friendly Professor of Law (Emeritus) at Harvard Law School. The “Father of Sports and the Law” at Harvard, Professor Weiler is considered by many to be both the founder of American sports law and the most distinguished sports law scholar of all time. In his honor, the Paul C. Weiler Distinguished Alum Award is given annually to a Harvard Law School alum who has left their mark on the sports law industry through his or her incredible achievements and contributions to the field. The Weiler Scholar Award is given to students for their outstanding achievements in sports law during their time at Harvard Law School, including their work through Harvard’s Sports Law Clinic. Last but certainly not least, the Weiler Writing Prize recognizes excellent student-authored (or co-authored) paper(s) on topics related to sports or entertainment law.
What better way to continue our programming than inviting back some of our most accomplished alumni!? Later in the afternoon, Professor Carfagna will moderate a panel discussion with many of our most successful alumni, regarding their career paths and some of the legal issues facing their practices today. This panel will be followed by an incredible opportunity to meet and greet our alumni coming back to campus. Dinner and refreshments will be provided.
The athlete-agent relationship is one of the most well-known aspects of professional sports. Athletes rely on their agents for everything—sponsorship and salary negotiations, management of finances, marketing, operating and managing nonprofit endeavors, and off-field ventures and investments—just to name a few. As the nature of professional sports continues to evolve, this panel takes a fresh look at the athlete-agent relationship from the agent’s perspective, and what implications newer developments will have for sports law moving forward.
Aside from their respective sports, pro-athletes are using their platforms to create and advocate for different causes of their choice, all focused on issues of today. Some of these causes include mental health, financial literacy for underprivileged communities, and serving the soldiers and families who serve us. This panel will seek to explore the different ways athletes are using their platforms to expand their reach beyond their respective sports and what it is that is motivating them to do so.
CSEL are proud to have the Sports Lawyer Association (SLA) as a sponsor for the 2023 Harvard Sports Law Symposium. SLA is a non-profit, international, professional organization whose common goal is the understanding, advancement and ethical practice of sports law. There are over 1,000 current members: practicing lawyers, law educators, law students, and other professionals with an interest in law relating to professional and amateur sports. The 2023 Sports Lawyers Association Annual Conference will take place May 11-13 at the JW Marriott Los Angeles LA Live and is designed around the theme “The Athlete in Sports.” For more information on the SLA and to register for the 2023 Annual Conference please visit https://www.sportslaw.org/conferences/2023conf/