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Meet the Faculty

Maureen Weston, Director

Maureen Weston

Maureen Weston is Associate Dean of Research and Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law. She received her JD from the University of Colorado, and B.A. in Economics/Political Science at the University of Denver. Professor Weston teaches courses on arbitration, mediation, negotiation, international dispute resolution, legal ethics, and U.S. and international sports law. She serves as Faculty Advisor to the Sports & Entertainment Law Society, Dispute Resolution Journal, coaches students in ICC Mediation Advocacy and Sports & Entertainment Law Negotiation competitions. Weston has taught law at the University of Oklahoma, University of Colorado, University of Las Vegas Nevada, Hamline, and in Oxford, England. Prior to teaching, Weston practiced law with Holme Roberts & Owen and Faegre & Benson in Colorado. She is actively involved in programs furthering opportunities for students to gain experience in negotiation, mediation and arbitration. Her service membership includes subcommittee chair for the ABA, Law School Division, Arbitration Competition, AALS Sports Law Executive Committee, and former co-chair of the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution Education Committee and ABA, Representation in Mediation Competition. She is a member on the Boards of Directors at the National Sports Law Institute at Marquette School of Law, the University of Colorado School of Law Alumni Board, and Malibu Little League. A frequent speaker at conferences, Weston is co-author of casebooks on sports law and arbitration and has written numerous articles in the area of Olympic and International Sports Arbitration, disability law, sports law, and dispute resolution.

William Nix, Industry AdvisorWilliam Nix

William Nix is an executive producer of feature films, television and new media programming as well as an attorney.His professional work has covered intellectual property, entertainment, sports, and Internet/new media matters, including litigation in the federal courts and administrative proceedings with the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Nix was Co-Chair of the BakerBotts, LLP Entertainment, Media and Sports Law Practice Group and VP of Legal and Business Affairs for NBA Properties. He was with Motion Picture Association of America for sixteen years and, in his most recent position, served as Senior Vice-President and the Chief Operating Officer of its Worldwide Content-Protection Division. Along with other industry and professional organizations, he is a lifetime voting Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a member of their Grants Committee.

Roger Cossack, Distinguished Visiting Professor, ESPN Legal Analystcossack

Roger Cossack was a prosecutor and defense lawyer during his 22 years of practice, and in 1984 he argued U.S. v. Leon before the Supreme Court. Prior to beginning his private practice of law, he served on the faculty of the UCLA Law School. In 1994, he joined CNN as the co-host of Burden of Proof and also was the CNN legal analyst. From 1994-2001 Professor Cossack covered all of the major U.S. legal events including breaking the Bush v. Gore decision, the impeachment of President Clinton, and the disputed election of 2000. Since 2002 he has served as the legal analyst for ESPN, reporting on how the law applies in various ways to sports.