Pepperdine University's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution will host a symposium titled, "Arbitrating Sports: Reflections on USADA/Landis, the Olympic Games, and the Future of Sports Dispute Resolution," on Friday, February 27, at the School of Law.
Pepperdine will welcome a distinguished panel of speakers, comprising arbitrators, lawyers, scholars, and members of the press. Panelists include Matt Barnett, a USADA Lawyer of Barnett & Barnett P.C.; Jeffrey Benz, an arbitrator/AVP; Michael Hiltzik of the Los Angeles Times; Howard Jacobs, of the law offices of Howard Jacobs; Michael Lenard of the International Court of Arbitration for Sport; Richard McLaren, a CAS Arbitrator of the University of Western Ontario; Matt Mitten of Marquette University School of Law; Maidie Oliveau of CAS Arbitrator/Law Sports; John Ruger of the United States Olympic Committee; Mike Straubel of Valparaiso School of Law; Maurice Suh of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher; and Maureen Weston of Pepperdine University School of Law.
One session topic will be the hearing between the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and Floyd Landis, 2006 winner of the Tour de France, which was held on Pepperdine's campus. Other topics include the Olympic Games, the future of sports dispute resolution, and the perspective of the press and public arbitration.
"We have lawyers from both sides of the USADA/Landis arbitration returning to Pepperdine," says Professor Weston. "This conference will be an academic forum for lawyers and arbitrators to talk about the process of sports arbitration. We hope to open communication between athletes and the governing bodies."