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Josh Luchs became a certified NFL agent in 1989 at the age of 19. In his over 20 years as an agent, he has worked both independently and for larger agencies such as Pro Tect Management and the Gersh Agency. In total, he participated in the representation more than 60 NFL players including such current stars as Terrell Suggs and Todd Heap. Josh Luchs “came clean” about his two decades as a sports agent in a Sports Illustrated cover story titled “Confessions of an Agent”. The story triggered a title wave of social conversation, media coverage, and a chorus of calls for NCAA referendum. Luchs was also featured on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. Overall, Luchs reached an estimated TV audience of over 25 million and was included in virtually every A-List publication across the country from the New York Times to the LA Times. Luchs became the youngest agent to ever be certified by the National Football League Players Association and is the first person to ever expose the seedy underbelly of Amateur Athletics and the process of recruiting college stars for the professional ranks.
Josh Luchs was recently profiled by Sports Illustrated in an article titled "Confessions of an Agent."
Professor David Caudill
Professor Caudill joined the Villanova law faculty in 2005 as Professor of Law and the first Arthur M. Goldberg Family Chair.
Professor Caudill earned his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center, and was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review, and Articles Editor of the Houston Journal of International Law. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from the Free University of Amsterdam, and his B.A. in philosophy from Michigan State University. More recently he has completed postdoctoral graduate work at the Science and Technology Studies Program at Virginia Tech, and at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute. He received a SKAPP grant in 2007 to study local water pollution controverses, and he was the 2007/2008 Société de Chimie Industrielle (American Section Fellow, and was in residence at the Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia in the spring of 2008).
After graduating from the University of Houston Law Center, Professor Caudill clerked for the Honorable John Brown of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit before joining Gray, Cary, Ames & Frye in San Diego and then Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody in Austin. While in Austin, he also taught as adjunct professor at the University of Texas. He joined the Washington and Lee faculty in 1989. He also has taught as visiting faculty at the University of Texas, Southern Illinois University, Cardozo School of Law and the University of Florida, and is a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne Law Faculty.
Professor Caudill's research and scholarly interests focus on law and science studies, law and literature, and sports and entertainment law.
Lawrence A. Waks represents a broad range of domestic and international clients in the entertainment, media, publishing, advertising, communication, high tech, biotech, and energy industries.
Formerly a partner with Milgrim, Thomajan & Lee, P.C. in New York, Los Angeles and Austin, Mr. Waks also represents clients' interests in the area of international business and trade. His experience includes international contract and dispute negotiation, licenses, joint ventures, and distribution agreements, and arbitration. Mr. Waks is particularly familiar with the financial and business markets of South America, where he lived for several years.
Mr. Waks has developed substantial experience in litigation involving rights to intellectual property including anticounterfeiting, trade secrets, patents, copyright and trademark disputes, and disputes over licensing, publishing and distribution rights.
Bill founded CSE in 1998 and has represented Lance Armstrong in all commercial matters since 1995. Beyond Armstrong, CSE has launched successful enterprises such as the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Lollapalooza, the Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team, C3 Presents, and C3 Management. C3 Presents now manages the ACL Festival and Lollapalooza with Bill and CSE remaining as founding partners in that business. C3 Management directs the careers of many artists including Blues Traveler, Jack Ingram, Ben Kweller and Robert Earl Keen.
Today, CSE is an integrated marketing and investment company with Lance as a key partner. Bill acts as CMO for the LIVESTRONG brand on behalf of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, serves on the boards of Stubb's (the club destination for live music in Austin) and FRS, and continues to represent Lance in all aspects of his business.
Bill was a member of the 1988 United States Olympic Swimming Team (200 Individual Medley), a US Champion, an NCAA All-American at the University of Texas, and a double Gold Medalist at the 1987 Pan American Games. He was the Vice President of the US Olympic Committee and holds a BA, MBA and JD all from UT-Austin.
Professor Maureen Weston
Professor Weston joined the Pepperdine faculty in 2001, coming from the University of Oklahoma where she taught Civil Procedure, Pretrial Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Disability Law. Before teaching at Oklahoma, Professor Weston worked for the Colorado law firms of Faegre & Benson, and Holme Roberts & Owen. Admitted to practice in Colorado, she is a member of the American Bar, Hispanic National Bar, and Colorado Bar Associations. She is actively involved with the ABA, Section on Dispute Resolution, has served as co-chair of the Section's Education Committee and as Chair of the Section's Representation in Mediation program promoting mediation advocacy experiences for law students. She has also served on the Board of the Southern California Mediation Association and is active in local community education, church and sporting activities.
Professor Bob Boland
Professor Robert Boland has enjoyed a long and varied career as an attorney, sports agent and player representative, coach, publicist and manager of sports events at the national and international level in a wide variety of sports.
A 1984 U.S. Olympic Trials Competitor in Greco-Roman Wrestling, Boland earned his undergraduate degree in American History from Columbia University.
He joined the athletic department at the University of Tennessee in 1990, as assistant director of athletic media relations working closely with the famed Lady Volunteer programs, while doing graduate work in sports broadcast management. He has also been active directing media relations at many SEC, NCAA and U.S. Olympic Committee championship events. He earned his law degree from Alabama’s Cumberland School of Law in 1995.
After serving as an assistant district attorney, confidential assistant to a trial judge and as special counsel in antitrust litigation, the most common sports law issue, at two large law firms in New York, Boland co-founded Global Athletic Management Enterprises (GAME) in 1998. He has represented professional athletes in contract negotiations with teams in football, baseball, basketball and soccer as well as in endorsement contracts. He is now a principal with GAME’s successor corporation, Washington Square Sports Consultants, a full service sports management and consulting firm and as Counsel to Premier Stinson, the nation’s largest firm exclusively representing coaches.
In 2003, Professor Boland joined the full-time faculty at NYU’s Preston Robert Tisch Center. He currently teaches Introduction to Sports Management; Sports Contracts and Negotiations; Sports Law; Antitrust and Collective Bargaining in Sports and Sports Finance on the undergraduate level and Legal Issues in Sports Business and Economics and Finance of Sports Industry and Professional Franchises on the graduate level. He has published numerous articles on sports law and business topics and frequently appears in the media as an expert on sports business and legal issues.
Professor Michael Cramer
Professor Cramer is the current director of the Texas Program in Sports and Media at the University of Texas. He has also taught at NYU and served as president and chief operating officer of Southwest Sports Group, L.L.C. and Southwest Sports Realty, L.L.C. and in those roles, served as president of the Dallas Stars hockey team and Texas Rangers baseball team at various times. Prior to that, he was a founding partner of C. Dean Metropoulos & Co. (CDM), a private investment and management firm which operated and managed several public and privately-held consumer companies including The Morningstar Group Inc, International Home Foods, Inc, Ghirardelli Chocolate and Stella Foods. Before joining CDM, he practiced law in Wisconsin for several years.
Professor Cramer received his B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany in 1974 and a J.D. from Marquette University Law School in 1978. Professor Cramer has served as a member of several charitable boards, foundations, advisory groups, and civic groups (as chairman of several), including: the Wisconsin National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Shoes for Orphan Souls, Habitat for Humanity, the National Sports Law Institute, and many more. He also served as a member and chairman of the City of Arlington (Texas) Chamber of Commerce which is responsible for economic development for that city.
Brian is entering his sixth year as a college football studio analyst with CBS College Sports Network. He brings a wealth of football knowledge to the Network, and is featured in a variety of studio shows, including the weekly INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL, THE TONY BARNHART SHOW and Saturday studio shows SEC TAILGATE, SEC POSTGAME SHOW PRESENTED BY GEICO and INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL EXTRA.
Jones graduated with a B.S. in Corporate Communications from the University of Texas-Austin. At Texas, Brian was an All-Southwest Conference Linebacker during his senior year in 1990. That season, Jones led the Longhorns with 116 tackles (71 solo) and five forced fumbles, helping Texas to a 10-2 record. After a five year NFL career, Jones returned to Texas and began his sports broadcasting career. He hosted a daily radio show on Sports Radio 1300-AM The Zone, served as the Longhorn Sports Network's sideline reporter for all UT football games and hosted Longhorn Sports Center with Mack Brown and Rick Barnes. Jones also spent two years with Fox Sports Southwest. Jones grew up in Lubbock, Texas and currently resides in Austin.
A member of the 2000 US Olympic Track Team and 2001-2003 & 2006 US Volleyball National Team, Erin Aldrich is one of the leading dual-sportswomen in the world today.
As a high jump star for UT, she won 4 NCAA National Championships, 7 All-America honors, and jumping a still-standing collegiate record of 1.97m (6'5.5") on the track. As a volleyball player at UT, Aldrich was tabbed 1st Team AVCA All-America and led the nation in triple-doubles her senior season. She finished off her collegiate career being named the Big XII Athlete of the Year in 2000.
Following her years at Texas she played volleyball for three seasons with the US National Team, leading her team to a bronze medal at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In 2003 she left the US National Team to pursue a professional volleyball career in Italy, the most prestigious professional volleyball league in the world. She was named to the 2004 and 2005 Italian A1 Professional Volleyball League All Star Teams.
Aldrich returned to the track after her 2004-2005 professional volleyball season. She posted wins in her first six meets, including a winning jump of 1.95m (6’4.75”) at the Nike Prefontaine Classic. She was named to her third US World Championships Team (Helsinki, Finland) and finished her 2005 track season with a top 20 world ranking.
Currently, Aldrich is an MBA student at the University of Texas and is hoping to pursue a career in athlete management following graduation.