Law and the Business of Baseball

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Law and the Business of Baseball

Event Description - Law and the Business of Baseball
Looking through the lens of baseball, Hamline Law Alumnus Judge Louis Schiff JD '80 will explore the dynamic relationship baseball and the law have enjoyed for more than 180 years. Spaces are limited for this unique CLE experience taking place on Saturday, July 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Target Field, and on Sunday, July 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hamline Law Moot Court Room. (Twelve CLE credits have been sought.)

Baseball is a highly legalistic game which involves much more than just the two teams playing. Participants will study the origins of the game and how the rules of baseball parallel statutes. Baseball is more than just the national pastime. It is a business that affects the nation. A close examination will be given as to the role attorneys have played in the formation of organized leagues and the roles they have played in labor and management. Particular attention will be dedicated to reading of cases involving the rights of owners and players to enter into contracts and free speech; the power of the baseball commissioner; the integration of baseball; litigation regarding ownership of balls and bats that have made their way into the stands; litigation arising under tort law for the responsibility of team owners; litigation over baseball memorabilia; and how baseball rules and gamesmanship teach players and fans the nature of judicial interpretation and function.

Judge Schiff has designed this course to challenge and stimulate your thinking. The teaching methods will include lecture, class discussion, case studies, scholarly readings, textbook readings, video clips and guest speakers. So get ready to enjoy the game as you never had before. Bring your glove, you never know what you might catch!

Your registration for this CLE includes a ticket for you to enjoy the Saturday evening game against the Chicago White Sox with faculty and classmates!
Contact Information
Primary Contact
Jane Prince
(651) 523-2338
 Secondary Contact
Date & Location
Date: 7/26/2014 to 7/27/2014
Location: Target Field (Sat.), Hamline Law (Sun.)