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Justin P. Sievert, Esquire

Bar Admissions (North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee) Practice Area (College Sports Law)
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5 Best Practices to Consider When Implementing Hazing Prevention Initiatives

It is common for high schools and youth sports organizations to have policies and procedures in place to inform students about the dangers of hazing. However, reports of hazing incidents are still occurring with alarming frequency, which calls for institutions to review their policies and procedures to ensure they are implementing the types of prevention initiatives … Continue reading

Gender Equity Planning at the High School Level, Part II: Determining Whether Equal Opportunities Are Available (Part Two)

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended, 20 USC §1681 et. seq., (“Title IX”) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs receiving federal financial assistance. A high school athletic department is considered an integral part of a school’s educational mission. Therefore, athletics programs are covered by Title IX. The … Continue reading

Gender Equity Planning at the High School Level, Part I: Meeting the Interests and Abilities of Your Student-Athletes (Part One)

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended, 20 USC §1681 et. seq., (“Title IX”) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs receiving federal financial assistance. A high school athletic department is considered an integral part of a school’s educational mission. Therefore, athletics programs are covered by Title IX. The … Continue reading

Sports Business Journal Conducts Annual Review of Bowl Game Gifts to Student-Athletes

On December 9, 2013, the Sports Business Journal conducted their annual review of the gifts provided to football student-athletes by the bowl games they are participating in. The article, written by David Broughton, explains the NCAA allows each bowl to award up to $550 worth of gifts to 125 participants per school. Schools can purchase … Continue reading

NCAA Division III Athletics Departments Should Take Note of Committee on Infractions Decision in College of Staten Island Case

On November 21, 2013, the NCAA Division III Committee on Infractions (COI) released its report in the case involving the College of State Island. The COI found the institution lacked control over its athletics department and the former head men’s swimming coach failed to follow NCAA ethical conduct legislation. Specifically, the COI found the institution … Continue reading

Buckner Attorney Lori Williams Quoted in USA Today on Kevin Ware Situation

On November 20, 2013, Buckner attorney Lori Williams was quoted in a USA Today article written by Adam Himmelsbach regarding University of Louisville men’s basketball student-athlete Kevin Ware’s use of a borrowed car from a friend under NCAA legislation. Williams, senior counsel to Buckner and a former NCAA enforcement investigator stated the Ware situation did not … Continue reading

NCAA Division II Committee on Infractions Releases Chadron State Report

On November 6, 2013, the NCAA Division II Committee on Infractions (COI) released its report in the case involving Chadron State College. The COI found the institution failed to exercise control over its athletics department and the former head football coach failed to adhere to NCAA ethical conduct legislation. Specifically, the former head football coach … Continue reading

Buckner Consultant Dr. Robert Mathner Published in Journal of Contemporary Athletics Regarding Sports Wagering in College Athletics

During the fall 2013 semester, Buckner athletics consultant and associate professor at Troy University Dr. Robert Mathner published an article in the Journal of Contemporary Athletics concerning sports wagering behavior among NCAA Division I athletics trainers. Specifically, Mathner and co-authors Christina Martin and James Allen reveal sports wagering, a potentially serious violation of NCAA rules, remains a … Continue reading

Buckner Attorney Claire Zovko Presents at Beyond the Bounce Conference

On October 10, 2013 Buckner attorney Claire Zovko spoke at the first annual Beyond the Bounce Conference at Riviera Hotel South Beach. The conference was a gathering of current and former WNBA players to plan for their professional careers after basketball. Hosted by the Women’s Professional Basketball Alumni Association, the conference provided resources to help … Continue reading

Buckner Releases Latest NCAA Compliance Office Social Media Top 25 List (based off Twitter Followers)

On August 1, 2013, Buckner released the inaugural NCAA compliance office list  based upon the number of Twitter “followers” each institution had. The list was based off of the University of Tennessee released “Top 25″ rankings by sport for NCAA Division I institutions (http://www.utsports.com/genrel/071113aad.html). In the spirit of fun, the Buckner Law Firm, has compiled its … Continue reading