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Internal Investigations 101: Witness Interview Strategies, Part IV (Preparation)

An internal investigation is an important mechanism an organization can use to address an allegation of wrongdoing, determine legal liability, identify individuals or parties with culpability, comply with regulatory requirements, develop corrective measures and enhance operational efficiencies. Buckner is pleased to continue its blog series highlighting best practices, strategies and techniques that can be used … Continue reading

Texas Seceding From Statewide High School Steroids Testing

Texas lawmakers appear likely to defund the state high school steroid testing program this summer. The Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, which reviews state programs, recommended the program be dropped unless the state wanted to increase spending to $5 million annually, on par with elite colleges. Should Texas decide to fully defund the program, New Jersey … Continue reading

Bullying in High School Sports – Understanding the Coach-Athlete Relationship

There is a fine line between bullying and motivational tactics used by coaches to get the most out of their athletes. While the level of tolerance for bullying is traditionally higher in sports compared to other cultural settings, recent lawsuits have shown that what is deemed acceptable behavior is changing. Although tolerance varies between each … Continue reading

Buckner Publishes the “New NCAA Enforcement Process: Investigative Resource No. 1″

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. 1” and the toolkit are available for download on the law firm website … Continue reading

Buckner Attorney Claire Zovko Serves on Panel at Thomas Jefferson School of Law Center for Sports Law & Policy Conference

On September 20, 2013, Buckner attorney Claire Zovko served on a panel at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law Center for Sports Law & Policy Conference held in San Diego, California. Specifically, Zovko served on a panel that addressed the Title IX implications of creating intercollegiate women’s football, the focus of the Center’s first white paper. The … Continue reading

NCAA Division I Live-Scouting of Future Opponents Ban Upheld

On June 21, 2013, the NCAA announced the rule prohibiting Division I coaches in all sports from live scouting of future opponents was upheld. This decision was announced following an override vote where 55.2 percent (154) of the voting schools and conferences voted to override the legislation (a 62.5 percent majority of those voting is required … Continue reading

Statement from Frank Haith’s Attorney in Response to CBSSports.com Report

Michael L. Buckner, an attorney on head men’s basketball coach Frank Haith’s legal team, issues the following statement in response to CBSSports.com’s January 21, 2013, report: Until my client, Frank Haith, receives a notice of allegations from the NCAA, the CBSSports.com report is premature. The NCAA’s investigation in the University of Miami enforcement case is … Continue reading

Happy New Year!

The Michael L. Buckner Law Firm wishes everyone a Happy New Year! We hope you and your family and friends celebrate the beginning of 2013 with a safe, but fun-filled day. We look forward to continue to provide you with interesting college sports, legal and consulting news during 2013. Bring on the New Year’s Day football … Continue reading

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

The Michael L. Buckner Law Firm wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! We hope you and your family and friends enjoy this special time of the year.

New NCAA Division II Interpretation: Effect of Invalidated Academic Credentials after Initial-Eligibility Certification

On September 21, 2012, the Interpretations Subcommittee of the NCAA Division II Legislation Committee issued an interpretation concerning the effect of invalidated academic credentials after initial-eligibility certification. Specifically, the committee confirmed that “if a student-athlete’s academic credentials (e.g., transcript, test scores) are invalidated, the institution must report any violation that may have occurred as a result of the … Continue reading