HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. —
In response to the ongoing controversy over steroid use in professional sports, Hofstra Law School today announced that it will host a conference titled "Steroid Use, Abuse and Policy Symposium" on Friday, October 29, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m."The issue of steroid use in sports has become more prevalent, pressing and controversial over the past several years," said Dean Nora V. Demleitner. "By hosting this conference, Hofstra Law brings together key experts and stakeholders who will examine steroid use from a variety of perspectives, as well as positively impact the potential policy, legislative and legal approaches that will surely emerge in the near future."
The idea for the conference was initially conceived in response to student interest in the policymaking role of Congress as it pertains to sports. Working with Law School administrators and students, Hofstra Law alumnus Rick Collins '84, a partner at Collins, McDonald & Gann, P.C., who specializes in the nutrition, fitness and bodybuilding fields, is directing the symposium. Conference presenters and panelists will examine steroids from a variety of angles, including the use of steroids for performance enhancement in sports and the current system of catching the "dopers," as well as the role of government in regulating non-medical steroid use outside athletics.
The symposium keynote speaker will be Richard W. Pound. Pound is an accomplished international attorney in Montreal, where he is a partner in the law firm of Stikeman Elliott. Pound has been named to Time
magazine's 100 most influential people in the world for his relentless efforts to rid sports of performance-enhancing drugs. Pound previously served as president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). He was chancellor of McGill University in Montreal for 10 years. Pound also is a current member, and former vice president, of the International Olympic Committee.
The schedule for the symposium will be as follows:
- 10 a.m.-noon — Screening of Bigger Faster Stronger and Q&A Session with Director Chris Bell
- Noon-1 p.m. — Lunch and CLE Registration
- 1-1:30 p.m. — Welcome and Keynote Address by Richard W. Pound
- 1:30-2:45 p.m. — Panel Discussion: "The Anti-Doping Movement: Athletes' Health and Rights"
- 3:00-4:15 p.m. —Panel Discussion: "Beyond Sports: A Steroid Nation?"
Panelists will consist of a range of experts on the conference topic, including doctors, lawyers, athletes, professional sport executives and law enforcement personnel.
All conference events will take place at Hofstra Law School on the main Hofstra University, South Campus. For more information, please visit law.hofstra.edu/events
Media should RSVP to Kristen McMahon at (516) 463-4252 or Kristen.D.McMahon@hofstra.edu