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Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Re-examining the Place of Race in Sports
The West Virginia University College of Law Sports and Entertainment Law Society is proud to present its Fall 2008 Sports Law Forum, "Re-examining the Place of Race in Sports." This event will take place on September 11, 2008 in Morgantown, WV at the West Virginia University Law Center. The event is free and open to the public and will begin in the Marlyn Lugar Courtroom at 11:00 a.m.
The West Virginia University College of Law is proud to present Dr. John Carlos, Professor Timothy Davis and Professor andre douglas pond cummings who will contribute to the forum as guest speakers. This reexamination seeks to extend and continue the dialogue presented in WVU Law's October 2007 Symposium "Reversing Field: Examining Commercialization, Labor and Race in 21st Century Sports Law."
Dr. John Carlos won the bronze medal in the 200 meters at the 1968 Mexico City Summer Olympics. His “silent protest” on the medal stand with gold medalist Tommie Smith protesting against racism and economic discrimination suffered by African Americans in the United States and representing all oppressed peoples catapulted Dr. Carlos into a key role in the ongoing civil rights movement, a cause he has championed throughout his life. In 2003, Dr. Carlos was inducted into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame. This year, Dr. Carlos will receive the 2008 Arthur Ashe award at the annual ESPY awards sponsored by ESPN.
Professor Timothy Davis is among the foremost experts on the intersection of race and the law. Co-author of Sports Law and Regulation: Cases, Materials, and Problems and The Business of Sports Agents, Professor Davis 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. Prior to teaching at Wake Forest University, Professor Davis taught for nine years at Southern Methodist University and practiced commercial litigation in Denver, Colorado.
Professor andre douglas pond cummings teaches Sports Law and Entertainment Law, among other subjects, at WVU Law. He has published numerous articles in connection with sports and equality including articles discussing the Rooney Rule in the National Football League and the inappropriate use of hostile American Indian mascots and imagery by professional and collegiate athletic teams. While practicing corporate law in Chicago, Illinois at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, cummings also represented several athletes in the National Football League. Professor cummings was recently named the 2007-2008 “Professor of the Year” by the WVU College of Law Class of 2008.
For more information, please visit: http://www.law.wvu.edu/raceinsportsforum.