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Michael L. Buckner, Esquire

An attorney who provides clients with internal investigation, compliance, professional development and legal services.
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Northwestern-Athlete Union Issue: Primer on Terms and Concepts, Part I

On April 9, 2014, Northwestern University filed an appeal to the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) regarding the decision of the agency’s district office, which determined the institution’s scholarship football student-athletes are employees who can unionize. According to the Wall Street Journal, the institution’s appeal stated NLRB regional director Peter Sung Ohr’s “decision overlooked or … Continue reading

NBA’s Silver “Open” to NBA Subsidizing Student-Athletes

Fox Sports.com reported National Basketball Association (NBA) commissioner Adam Silver, who “is an advocate for raising the league’s age limit,” believes “his latest idea may help players want to stay in school a little longer.” Specifically, according to the April 9, 2014, article, Silver is “open to dialogue with NBA players and NCAA officials about … Continue reading

Michael Buckner Quoted in Orange County Register on Honeycutt-Agent Allegation

Buckner shareholder Michael L. Buckner was quoted in an April 2, 2014, Orange County Register blog post, “UCLA likely to avoid fallout from Honeycutt-agent report .” The post, published on the newspaper’s “UCLA Blog,” reported: “Without cooperation from parties involved or any way to corroborate evidence, UCLA likely will avoid any major fallout from potentially … Continue reading

What Can Happen When Parents Disagree With Their Child’s Recruiting Decision

ESPN.com reported on April 2, 2014, regarding the resolution of the recruiting “saga” involving prospective football student-athlete Malik McDowell and his mother, Joya Crowe. According to ESPN.com: “The No. 5-rated defensive tackle in the Class of 2014 delivered a signed letter of intent Wednesday to Michigan State, the school to which he committed on signing … Continue reading

Michael Buckner Quoted in LA Times on Shabazz Muhammad’s Dad’s Alleged Loan

Buckner shareholder Michael L. Buckner was quoted in a March 27, 2014, Los Angeles Times article, “Shabazz Muhammad’s dad spoke of receiving loan, court documents say.” Times sports reporter Nathan Fenno claimed documents show Ron Holmes, father of former UCLA men’s basketball student-athlete Shabazz Muhammad, informed the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of receiving a … Continue reading

Regional NLRB Rules Northwestern Football Student-Athletes Qualify as Employees

The Chicago district of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, that Northwestern University football student-athletes qualify as employees of the university and can unionize. NLRB regional director Peter Sung Ohr noted the student-athletes’ time commitment to the sport and the student-athletes’ athletics scholarships were tied directly to their performance … Continue reading

State Supreme Court Rules Against Iowa State University in Palo Case

A state supreme court ruled Iowa State University men’s basketball student-athlete (and guard) Bubu Palo is eligible to compete on behalf of the Cyclones despite a request by the Iowa Board of Regents. Specifically, the Iowa Supreme Court denied a request by the Iowa Board of Regents for an immediate stay of a judge’s recent … Continue reading

Buckner Releases New Issue of High-School Sports Best Practices Alert Newsletter

Buckner, a boutique sports law firm, has published the new issue of the High-School Sports Best Practices Alert newsletter. In this issue of the newsletter, Buckner features the following articles and resources: Eight Strategies to Create Effective High School Athletics Compliance Programs [Webinar] Internal Investigation Lessons Learned from the Feds’ Ponzi Scheme Probes Gender Equity … Continue reading

Buckner Releases New Issue of Higher-Ed and College Sports Best Practices Alert Newsletter

Buckner, a boutique sports law firm, has published the new issue of the Higher-Ed and College Athletics Best Practices Alert newsletter. In this issue of the newsletter, Buckner features the following articles and resources: Helpful Strategies to Prepare and Conduct Investigation Interviews [Webinar] Don’t Bet On It: NCAA Primer on Impermissible Sports Wagering Activities What … Continue reading

Buckner Publishes the “New NCAA Enforcement Process: Investigative Resource No. 2″

Buckner, a boutique sports law firm, published on its website (http://www.bucknersportslaw.com/) the “New NCAA Enforcement Process: Investigative Resource No. 1.” The resource supplements the checklists, forms and resources included in the “NCAA Enforcement Investigations Toolkit.” The New NCAA Enforcement Process: Investigative Resource No. 2” and the toolkit are available for download on the law firm website … Continue reading

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