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Lawyer Jeffrey Kessler to Speak at Sport and Society Conference

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From St. Norbert College, January 28, 2016
by Mike Counter,, 920-403-3089

Jeffrey Kessler, one of the most prominent lawyers in the country regularly engaged in high-profile sports litigation, will speak at the Sport and Society Conference hosted by St. Norbert College and the Green Bay Packers, May 23-25. The theme of the conference is "The Business of College Sports." Kessler will speak at Lambeau Field on Wednesday, May 25, at 11:15 a.m. The title of his talk will be "Let Them Eat Pizza: The NCAA's Ban on Permitting Conferences and Schools to Decide for Themselves Whether and how to Compensate the Division I Athletes who Generate Hundreds of Millions for their Institutions."

A partner in the firm's New York office Winston & Strawn, Kessler serves as the head of the global antitrust/competition practice, and co-chairs the sports law practice group. Additionally, Kessler serves on the firm's executive committee. He focuses his practice on all aspects of antitrust/competition, sports law, intellectual property (IP), complex litigation, and government criminal and civil investigations. He has been lead counsel in some of the most complex antitrust, sports law and intellectual property law cases in the country, including major jury trials, and has represented a number of U.S. and international companies in criminal and civil investigations in the antitrust, trade and FCPA areas.

Kessler has litigated some of the most famous sports-antitrust cases in history, including McNeil vs. the NFL, the landmark antitrust jury trial that led to the establishment of free agency in the National Football League (NFL), and Brady vs. NFL, which led to the end of the 2011 NFL lockout.

Kessler is a lecturer in law at Columbia Law School, where he teaches a course on complex litigation. He has written and lectured extensively on a wide variety of antitrust, sports law and has discussed the business of NCAA basketball and football.

This is the fourth Sport and Society conference of its kind put on by St. Norbert and the Packers. The first conference was held in 2010. This partnership between an NFL team and an institution of higher education brings together academics and business professionals from around the world.
Formal conference registration will open on March 1, 2016, and close on April 1, 2016. Registration will be limited.

For more information on the conference, go to, or contact Karen Cleereman, conference administrative coordinator, at or 920-403-3777. The Packers have held their summer training camp at St. Norbert College for 58 years, the longest such relationship in the NFL between a pro football team and a college. For more on the connections between St. Norbert College and the Green Bay Packers, go to

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