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Michael McCann Receives Tenure at Vermont Law School

May 21, 2010

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT -- The Vermont Law School Board of Trustees today granted tenure to Professor Michael McCann.

McCann, a native of Andover, Mass., who joined the VLS faculty in 2009, is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of sports law, antitrust and behavioral law and economics. He received his LLM from Harvard Law School and his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a legal analyst for Sports Illustrated, the Sports and the Law columnist on SI.com and co-founder of The Project on Law and Mind Sciences at Harvard Law School. He also is the Distinguished Visiting Hall of Fame Professor at Mississippi College School of Law, where he was an assistant professor of law between 2005 and 2008 and where he twice received the school's Professor of the Year Award.

During the past year, McCann's scholarship included three law review articles and a book chapter that prompted speaking invitations from Congress, law schools, business schools and law firms. His article titled "American Needle v. NFL: An Opportunity to Reshape Sports Law" was published in the Yale Law Journal. Another article, titled "The NBA and the Single Entity Defense: A Better Case," was published in the Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law. The Connecticut Law Review published his article titled "Justice Sonia Sotomayor and the Relationship between Leagues and Players: Insights and Implications." His chapter titled "Using Social Psychology to Evaluate Race and Law in Sports" is to be published in the book Reversing Field: Examining Commercialization, Labor, Gender, and Race in the 21st Century. He also wrote 22 legal columns for Sports Illustrated and contributed to the blogs Sports Law Blog, The Situationist and Torts Prof Blog.

Over the past year, McCann's teaching included courses in Torts and Sales and a sports law seminar. He also taught a sports law and analytics reading group at Yale Law School and supervised a number of student writing projects related to sports and the law.

His service to VLS over the past year included serving on various committees, advising student groups, judging moot court competitions, aiding the admissions and alumni affairs offices, mentoring students interested in sports and entertainment law and reaching out to potential employers. He also made a number of presentations, participated in several panels and was a guest lecturer, keynote speaker, featured speaker or moderator at numerous events. He also represented VLS through his affiliations with Harvard Law School and Yale Law School.

During the past year, McCann's service to the larger community included serving on the executive board of the Association of American Law Schools' Section on Sports and the Law and working with several charities, including Catholic Charities USA, which fights poverty, and Habitat for Humanity, which builds homes for the needy.

McCann also completed a number of media interviews with CNN, NPR, ESPN Radio, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal and other news outlets.

John Cramer, Associate Director of Media Relations
802-831-1106, jcramer@vermontlaw.edu

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