This program has been approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 5.00 hours of CLE credit.

Effective Booster Groups and Support Organizations book is included with the registration fee.


8:30 a.m.
Registration and continental breakfast
9 a.m.
OHSAA legal update
Dr. Daniel B. Ross, commissioner, and Steve Craig, Esq., legal counsel, OHSAA
The workshop kicks off with a discussion with the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) about new initiatives. Also hear OHSAA’s thoughts and recommendations, including recent OHSAA bylaw changes.
10:15 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
Protecting student athletes from sexual misconduct
Melissa M. Carleton, Esq., and Sean R. Lehman, Esq., Bricker & Eckler LLP, Columbus
In light of serious sexual assault allegations against trainers, coaches and medical professionals working with young athletes, many districts are left wondering how to protect their student athletes. Join two school attorneys for a discussion about school districts’ legal responsibilities and practical solutions for protecting students and educating coaches and trainers about appropriate behavior and expectations.
11:45 a.m.
Lunch (provided)
12:30 p.m.
Title IX compliance and equity in athletics
Erin Wessendorf-Wortman, Esq., Ennis Britton Co. LPA, Cincinnati
We know that districts must comply with Title IX, but do you know what steps your district is taking to meet the legal requirements? A school attorney shares the legal requirements and best practices for maintaining equity among school district athletic programs. Learn how your district can take a proactive approach and evaluate its own Title IX compliance to avoid U.S. Office for Civil Rights complaints.
1:30 p.m.
1:45 p.m.
The concussion discussion
Dr. John Brannan, Beacon Orthopedics & Sports Medicine; Greg Gilliam, claims manager, Schools of Ohio Risk Sharing Authority; and Thomas F. Glassman, Esq., Bonezzi Switzer Polito & Hupp Co. LPA, Cincinnati
Sports concussions are one of the most widely discussed and misunderstood topics in current sports law. The science and medicine addressing concussions is constantly evolving as are the legal issues surrounding these claims. This panel will discuss these issues from three different perspectives: medical, insurance claims and legal. Learn steps that can be taken to reduce concussions in athletes; best practices for working with an athlete who has suffered a concussion; points to consider when investigating a concussion claim; and current trends in concussion litigation, both in Ohio and nationwide.
3:15 p.m.