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South Texas Hosts 31st “Law & the Media” Seminar Focused on Violence in Sports

On Saturday, Jan. 21, more than 100 people packed the Emilie Slohm Conference Center at South Texas College of Law Houston for the 31st “Law & the Media” seminar, co-sponsored by the Houston Bar Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Houston Press Club.

The annual event brings together Houston attorneys, journalists, and students for a series of in-depth panel discussions on a timely topic of relevance to both legal and media professionals. This year’s theme, “Violence in Sports: On the Field, Off the Field, and in the Media,” tackled the growing problem of concussions and other head traumas among NFL and collegiate athletes, and the legal rights of these players, both during and after their sports careers.

Participating panelists – including former NFL and NCAA athletes, attorneys who represent injured players, and medical professionals – discussed NFL concussion litigation, limited player rights due to collective bargaining agreements, and the growing trend for former athletes in other sports to pursue their legal rights.

The panelists also took questions from attendees about whether high-impact sports are appropriate for children, the need for players to proactively reveal their injuries, and ways in which the NFL and NCAA have taken appropriate steps to better ensure players’ safety.

Conference panelists included:

  • Greg Koch: former NFL player and sports talk radio host
  • Kenneth Podell: director, Houston Methodist Concussion Center
  • Jeffrey L. Raizner: Raizner Slania LLP
  • Mickey L. Washington: Washington & Associates PLLC
  • Patty Crawford: consultant and former Title IX coordinator, Baylor University
  • Rogge Dunn: Clouse Dunn LLP
  • Jenny Dial Creech: sports columnist, Houston Chronicle
  • Keisha L. David: associate vice president/CHRO for Human Resources, Texas Southern University
  • Anne E. Kendzior: former NCAA athlete, reform advocate