Sports Law Symposium To Tackle Concussions

Panel discussion will examine how growing issue will affect football

OXFORD, Miss. – The second annual fall symposium sponsored by the Mississippi Sports Law Review will focus on the legal implications of concussions on football.

“The Impact of Concussion Lawsuits on the Future of Football” is set for 1:30-3:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Robert Khayat Law Center, room 1078. The session is free and open to the public.

The panel discussion will address various aspects of the recent concussion crisis in professional football, including the pending lawsuits against the NFL, the recent suicides of well-known NFL players Dave Duerson and Junior Seau, the burgeoning research on the consequences of concussions, the increased precautions taken in caring for football players and the possible effects of these issues on the future of football.

Panelists include: André Pond Douglas Cummings, a law professor at West Virginia University law school and associate dean of academic affairs at the new Indiana Tech Law School; Andrew Gregory, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at Vanderbilt University and co-founder of the Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center; Jeffrey Standen, associate dean for faculty and Van Winkle Melton Professor of Law at Williamette University College of Law; Philip Thomas, of the Philip W. Thomas Law Firm; and Todd Wade, a former all-SEC player at Ole Miss and former offensive tackle for the NFL Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans, Washington Redskins and Jacksonville Jaguars.  William W. Berry III, an assistant professor of law at Ole Miss, will moderate the discussion.

Members of the Mississippi Bar can earn two hours of free CLE credit for attending.

For more information about the symposium visit the Mississippi Sports Law Review.