Marquette University Law School professor Matthew Mitten was named president-elect of the Sports Lawyers Association and will serve a two-year term beginning in May 2015.
Mitten’s appointment was made at the association’s 40th annual conference, held in Chicago earlier this month. With more than 1,700 members, the Sports Lawyers Association is the leading organization of professionals dedicated to the practice and teaching of sports law in the United States.
Mitten has been a member of the Law School faculty and director of Marquette’s National Sports Law Institute since 1999. A leading sports law scholar and Olympic sports arbitrator, Mitten served on the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s ad hoc division to resolve athlete-related disputes at the recent Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
“It’s a great honor to be chosen by my colleagues on the SLA’s Board of Directors for this position,” Mitten said. “I’m very much looking forward to serving as SLA president, which will enable me to follow in the footsteps of so many great leaders of the world’s preeminent association of sports lawyers, industry professionals and lawyers. The appointment recognizes the contributions our Law School and National Sports Law Institute have made to the high-profile and quickly evolving field of sports law.”
Founded in 1989, the National Sports Law Institute of Marquette University Law School is the first institute of its kind associated with an American law school and remains the leader in its field.
The institute sponsors local and national events, including conferences and symposia for individuals in the sports industry, and disseminates information on the sports industry and sports law through several publications, including the Marquette Sports Law Review.
“Professor Mitten’s appointment as president-elect of the Sports Lawyers Association is a significant example of his esteem in the world of sports law,” said Joseph D. Kearney, dean of Marquette University Law School. “Marquette’s sports law program and National Sports Law Institute contribute primarily through the work of our graduates, a number of whom have established careers in the world of sports, but also in the scholarship and service of faculty such as Professor Mitten.”