July 31, 2018 • 12–2PM ET

Legal and Medical Risk Considerations for Student-Athletes

Participation in athletics provides college and university students with rewarding opportunities to challenge themselves and test their physical limits. While these activities can enrich students’ college experiences, they can also lead to short-term and life-long injuries. In recent years, litigation by student athletes, primarily those participating in intercollegiate athletics, alleging institutional liability for sports injuries has increased. This webinar will look at the developing legal duties and liability standards, the enforceability of releases and other defenses, and suggested practices to help manage injury risks associated with athletics activities on your campus.

Who Should Attend

This webinar will be of interest to campus counsel, administrators, and others on campus with responsibility for athletics.

Topics will include

  • Overview of the NCAA’s approach and involvement
  • Legal duties and status of litigation
  • Key considerations in mitigating risks, including those related to concussions, sports science technology, supervision and reporting, and more.

Program Schedule

12:00 P.M. ET

I. Welcome, Introduction of Speakers, and Agenda

II. Overview of Legal and Medical Risks for Student Athletes

III. The NCAA's Approach and Involvement

IV. Legal Duties and Litigation Overview

V. Question & Answer

VI. Risk Prevention and Other Practical Concerns

VII. Final Thoughts: Top Issues for Campus Counsel to Monitor

VIII. Question & Answer

2:00 P.M. ET

IX. Conclusion


Scott Bearby

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Scott Bearby, Vice President of Legal Affairs & General Counsel, National Collegiate Athletic Association. Mr. Bearby was appointed National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) general counsel in January 2013 after serving in various legal positions ...

Matthew Mitten

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Matthew Mitten, Professor of Law and Executive Director, National Sports Law Institute. Mr. Mitten teaches Amateur Sports Law, Professional Sports Law, and a Sports Sponsorship Legal and Business Issues Workshop. He has authored ​Sports Law in ...

Julie Vannatta

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Julie D. Vannatta, Senior Associate Athletic Director – Legal and Senior Associate General Counsel for Athletics, The Ohio State University.  Ms. Vannatta received her B.A. from Miami University (Ohio) in 1984 and her J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of ...


Similar to the NACUA Annual Conference and Workshops, Continuing Legal Education credits are available for those who participate live in a NACUA Webinar...

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