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Spring 2014
LAW193  A  REPRESENTING THE PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE

Course Description
Class: January 27, 2014 – February 1, 2014
Email: umsportslaw@gmail.com
Office Hours: Before or after each class

TA Contact Info: Christina Himmel christinamhimmel@gmail.com


Course Overview: This course will provide students with an understanding of what a career as a sports agent/attorney for a professional athlete entails. The class will start with the problems an agent/attorney confronts when helping an athlete “go pro.” From there, we will discuss the agent’s fiduciary duty to his client and proceed to discuss some of the more important legal doctrines relating to the athlete-representation profession, involving intellectual property law, labor law, and contract law.
In that context, the course will explore the skills necessary to conduct a series of “hypothetical” sports-related contract negotiations. The students will then participate in contract-drafting exercises with an emphasis on client representation. Contracts to be drafted include a “product endorsement agreement.” Also, agent/client representation agreements and agent/agency employment agreements will be examined.
After “drafting” various agreements, in the context of a mock litigation, students will assume a “contract breach” of the agreements that they have drafted. In turn, they will draft brief headings and litigation-related documents in support of the contractual positions taken during the contract drafting exercises.
Class Reading Assignments: Attached is a list of topics that will be covered in class. There are 4 topics and 6 class sessions, as well as the daily assignments relating thereto, per the Syllabus. The required textbook is PETER A. CARFAGNA, REPRESENTING THE PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE (2009), available at both the UM Bookstore and Book Horizons.
All Book Readings are Required Readings, as are those other Readings so listed on the Syllabus. You will be advised in advance of each Class which of the Optional Readings will be discussed during each such Class. The Required and Optional Reading materials will be made available on the TWEN Course Website.
Please note: This syllabus and the proposed daily coverage of Syllabus materials are subject to change, as necessary, at Professor Carfagna’s discretion.
Class Writing Assignments: In addition to the reading assignments, there will be 2-3 in-class Writing Assignments. You will be asked to form Study Groups of 4 or 5 people in which to complete the class assignments.
On days when in-class assignments are to be turned in, they must be submitted at the end of class via e-mail to umsportslaw@gmail.com and christinamhimmel@gmail.com. Only one copy per group needs to be submitted. Please make sure to include the names of all group members. Failure to turn in assignments will affect class participation.

Please be sure to specify the exact Writing Assignment title on both the subject line of your email and first page of your submission.
A hard copy of each Group’s written assignment should be brought to the next Class for discussion.
Class Participation: The class will be highly focused on classroom participation. As such, it is imperative that you come to every class having done the reading and ready to participate actively.
Grading: The course grade will be primarily based on a Final Exam (to be handed out during the final class). The final, take-home exam will be due to the Registrar’s Office on Friday, February 21st, 2014 on or before 5:00pm. At my discretion, I reserve the right to adjust grades up or down based on class participation. An upward adjustment reflects high quality contributions to class discussion and excellent group work. Alternatively, a downward adjustment reflects a student’s failure to properly prepare for class and participate in class/group discussions.
Disabilities: If you have a disability, or suspect that you may have a disability, the Law School encourages you to contact Iris Morera, Coordinator, Disability Services at the Office of Disability Services for information about available opportunities, resources, and services. Her phone number is 305-284-9907, and her email address is imorera@law.miami.edu. You may also visit the Disability Services website atwww.law.miami.edu/disabilityservices.


Course Schedule
Offering Dates: 01-27-2014 - 02-01-2014  

Dates Day Time Room
01-27-2014 - 01-30-2014   MTWR  12:30 PM-1:50 PM F209
01-31-2014 - 01-31-2014   F  2:00 PM-5:00 PM F209
02-01-2014 - 02-01-2014   S  10:00 AM-1:00 PM F209

Course Frequency
Occasional course offering

Course Information

Credits: 1
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Prerequisite:
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: The course grade will be primarily based on a Final Exam (to be handed out during the final class). The final, take-home exam will be due to the Registrar’s Office on Friday, February 21st, 2014 on or before 5:00pm. At my discretion, I reserve the right to adjust grades up or down based on class participation. An upward adjustment reflects high quality contributions to class discussion and excellent group work. Alternatively, a downward adjustment reflects a student’s failure to properly prepare for class and participate in class/group discussions.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
General
Special Attributes:
Short Course
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Employment & Labor - Specialized
Entertainment, Music, & Sports - Specialized
Intellectual Property - Related
Bar Subject(s):

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Professor(s)

CARFAGNA, PETER


Biography
Contact Information:
Email: pamc@msn.com