February 17, 2009


East Lansing, MI — Michigan State University College of Law Professors Amy McCormick and Robert McCormick were invited to make presentations at DePaul University College of Law on their respective sports law research.

The subject of Professor R. McCormick's talk, "Draft Eligibility Rules - The Antitrust Laws and the Labor Exemption," examined the viability of employment eligibility rules in professional sports. This presentation topic grew out of his involvement as co-counsel for the plaintiff in Clarett v. National Football League which challenged the National Football League's draft eligibility rule.

Both the professors then presented "The Myth of the Student-Athlete: The College Athlete as Employee" which described their research published in Washington Law Review and their conclusion that athletes in revenue-generating sports at major NCAA institutions are, in fact, employees and should be considered as such under the National Labor Relations Act.

At MSU Law, Professor R. McCormick teaches Labor Law, Sports Law, and Decedents' Estates and Trusts. Professor A. McCormick teaches Basic Income Taxation, Estate and Gift Taxation, International Taxation, and a Tax Policy Seminar. More information on their research and findings may be found on their profiles.

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