“Powerful Women in Sport” Conference Hosted by UB’s Center for the Advancement of Sport

BUFFALO, NY – The Center for the Advancement of Sport at the University at Buffalo is celebrating National Day of Girls and Women in Sports with “Powerful Women in Sports,” a remote panel discussion on sports law featuring star of sports professionals.

The hour-long forum, “Powerful Women in Sports: Achieving Success in a Male-Dominated Industry” begins at noon, February 1, and is open to the public via Zoom. Participation is free, but registration is compulsory.

The featured speakers/presenters are:

  • Lisa Friel, senior vice president for investigations at the National Football League
  • Tara VanDerveer, longtime coach of the Stanford University women’s basketball team
  • Caren Cook, former UB and assistant general counsel for legal and business affairs for the Atlanta Hawks in basketball
  • Jennifer Bullano Ridgley, vice president of communications for the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team
  • Cheryl Meyers Buth, attorney and players’ agent for the National Basketball Association.

The seminar is co-sponsored by the UB Office of Inclusive Excellence, the Gender Institute, the UB Law Alumni Association, and the Buffalo Sports and Entertainment Law Society.

These roundtables are organized by the capstone class at the Center for the Advancement of Sport, says Helen “Nellie” Drew, professor of sports law practice and director of the center. The class is made up of students who have taken several sports law courses, according to Drew, and usually earn a concentration in sports law. Students spend a semester or two during their third year developing expertise in a particular area of ​​sports law.

“Students work together in groups of two or three to develop and facilitate the roundtables, which we are happy to invite the community to join,” says Drew.

Past roundtables include one on the First Amendment rights of professional athletes, featuring then-Buffalo Bill Lorenzo Alexander, prominent Buffalo attorney Paul J. Cambria, Jr., a UB sports law alumnus and certified National Football League Player’s Association agent Shane Costa, and UB First Amendment expert and law professor Lucinda Finley.

In the summer of 2021, the class roundtable brought together several Major League Baseball executives and Erie County manager Mark Poloncarz on the challenges of bringing the Toronto Blue Jays to Buffalo during the pandemic.

“Last year, we partnered with Project Play WNY to bring in Harvard basketball coach Tommy Amaker,” says Drew. “Each semester, we offer at least four events.

“I am so proud of our students who take the initiative to seek out industry leaders, especially in this case, with two stellar law students, Marissa Egloff and Darby Daly, both Class of 2022, leading the way. charge to bring us this amazing panel. women who have overcome enormous obstacles and are opening doors for those who follow them.

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