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Carla Christofferson, UND alum and co-owner of L.A. Sparks basketball team, is featured guest of N.D. Law Review Sports Law Forum

Posted on 4/4/2011

Carla Christofferson
Carla Christofferson, UND alumna and co-owner of the L.A. Sparks basketball team

The North Dakota Law Review will host a one-day Sports Law Symposium on Friday, April 8, 2011 beginning at 9 a.m. at the University of North Dakota School of Law. All lectures are free and open to the public and will be held in the Baker Courtroom on the third floor of the law school.

Throughout the day, panelists and speakers will survey various issues related to sports law in areas such as intellectual property, sports facilities, owners and agents, steroids and Native American nicknames in sports. Some of the distinguished panelists include, Gene Allen, former Corporate Counsel and Vice President of TCF Bank, Carla Christofferson, co-owner of the Los Angeles Sparks, and Grant Shaft, attorney and Vice President of the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education. For biographical descriptions of all participants please see

This program has been approved for 4.5 credits of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) for attorneys in both North Dakota and Minnesota attending all sessions.

For more information, go to

The complete schedule of presentations is as follows:

9:00 a.m. - Welcome - Dean Kathryn Rand

9:10 a.m. - Introduction and Sports, Photography, Television and Intellectual Property
Eric E. Johnson

9:40 a.m. - Owners and Agents in Professional Sports
Carla Christofferson and Matt Striegel

10:50 a.m. - Steroids in Sports
Daniel Gandert, Fabian Ronisky, Dr. William Haug, Jr.,

1:00 p.m. - Legal Issues with Sporting Facilities
Gene Allen and Arline Schubert

1:45 p.m. - Native American Nicknames in Sports
Grant Shaft, Joseph Hylton and Dr. Robert Boyd

The list of distinguished panelists includes:

Gene Allen, J.D., Attorney and former Corporate Counsel and Vice President of TCF Bank
Dr. Robert Boyd, Special Assistant to the President as Transition Officer
Carla Christofferson, J.D., Attorney and Co-owner of the Los Angeles Sparks WNBA team
Daniel Gandert, J.D., Professor, Northwestern University School of Law
Dr. William Haug, Jr., M.D., Sports Medicine Physician
Joseph Hylton, J.D., Professor, Marquette Law School
Eric E. Johnson, J.D., Professor, UND School of Law
Fabian Ronisky, J.D., Attorney and Co-founder and Manager of World Series of Music
Arline Schubert, J.D., Attorney and Instructor
Grant Shaft, J.D., Attorney and Vice President of North Dakota State Board of Higher Education
Matt Striegel, J.D., NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor


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