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School of Law to Host Symposium on Athletes and Drug Use

Pepperdine University School of Law will host the symposium “Doping in Sport: How the Culture Might Change,” at the Malibu campus on Thursday, April 13, from 11:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

Sir Philip Craven, president of the International Paralympic Committee, will deliver the keynote address, “Perspectives on Rio 2016.” Rebecca R. Ruiz, journalist for the New York Times, will present “Investigating Russian Doping.”

In two afternoon panels, leading anti-doping regulators, athlete attorneys, team executives, arbitrators, journalists, and athletes will discuss their experiences, doping control, research and questions on the practical, political, legal and ethical concerns related to doping, and what this means for the future of sports.

Presenters and topics will include:

Panel One: “ Rio 2016: Point/Counterpoint”


  • T.J. Quinn, ESPN investigative reporter
  • Howard L. Jacobs, sports attorney
  • William Bock III, general counsel, U.S Anti-Doping Agency


  • Sir Philip Craven
  • Rebecca Ruiz

Panel Two: “ Finding Answers”


  • T.J. Quinn, ESPN investigative reporter
  • Kathleen Wallace, athlete ombuds, U.S. Olympic Committee
  • Don Fehr, executive director, National Hockey League
  • Dan Halem, chief legal officer, Major League Baseball
  • Kelly C. Crabb, Esq., attorney at Sheppard Mullin and adjunct professor at USC Gould School of Law;
  • Jeffrey Benz, sports attorney and neutral

This symposium is hosted in conjunction with the Foundation for Global Sports Development and Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP.

Attendance has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit by the State Bar of California for four credit hours.

General admission tickets are free, and $50 for MCLE credit. For additional information about the symposium, and to register to attend, visit the Pepperdine School of Law page on the Eventbrite website.