’s 2012 Summer Interns

I am excited to introduce you to’s 2012 summer interns!  I am very lucky to have these six law students on board for the summer.  Each possesses a great interest and insight into sports and the law.  Over the summer, we will be working together to provide you with more expansive material here on


Danielle Blanchard just completed her second year of law school at Chapman University School of Law.  At Chapman, Blanchard is working towards completing the school’s Entertainment Law emphasis certificate.  Blanchard graduated from UCLA in 2008 with degrees in Political Science and Communications.  While at UCLA, Blanchard worked at the UCLA Athletic Center.  Additionally, growing up in Fresno, CA, Blanchard is an avid Fresno State Bulldogs fan.


Richard Braun just completed his first year of law school at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University.  He graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington in 2010 with a BA in History.

Braun got his start in sports by interning for the Philadelphia Flyers during his senior year at IU.  He worked in the archives department, which was essentially a museum of sports memorabilia tucked away in the deepest corners of the Wachovia (now Wells Fargo) Center.  The department’s main goal as a department was to assist any other aspect of the company with anything related to the Flyers’ history.  He also worked with HBO while they filmed a documentary about the 1973-74 and 1974-75 Flyers teams that won the Stanley Cup two years in a row.

After graduating he worked part-time in sales with the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Even though Braun led his team in overall sales during my short stay with the Cavs, he always had law school in the back of his mind and decided not to pursue a more full-time job and instead applied to Cleveland-Marshall.  Braun says he learned more about sport business in his 3 month stay with the Cavs than he did in any classroom, and also had the privilege of working with incredibly talented people.

Currently, Braun is a member of Cleveland-Marshall’s Sports Law Society and is completing the Great Lakes Sports and Entertainment Law Academy this summer.


John Fabiano just completed his first year of law school at Tulane University Law School.  At Tulane, Fabiano is working towards the completion of his law degree and a certificate in Sports Law.  Fabiano also holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Geneseo.

Along with being an avid sports fan, Fabiano is particularly interested in the following areas:  contract negotiation, the NFL Draft and the NHL playoffs.  


Benjamin Gaus just completed his second year of law school at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, CA.  Along with persuing his law degree, Gaus is also working towards completing the school’s Sports Law Certificate.  Gaus’s educational background also includes a B.A. in Political Science and a Minor in Business from the University of Missouri.

During his four years of undergrad at Missouri, Gaus served as a student assistant with the football team.  Primarily working with recruiting, Gaus has valuable experience in complex compliance issues universities are subject to follow by the NCAA.

As a member of the Sports Law Society at Thomas Jefferson, Gaus assisted with the schools’ 2011 National Sports Law Negotiation & Symposium.  Gaus also aided in the preparation of Thomas Jefferson’s sports arbitration team, who took first place at the 2012 National Baseball Arbitration Competition held at Tulane Law School in New Orleans.

Along with interning with, Gaus will also be an intern with the UCLA Athletics Department with the compliance staff this summer.


Brandon Mead just completed his second year of law school at Chapman University School of Law, where he is the Vice President of the Entertainment and Sports Law Society.  Mead also holds a B.S. in Political Science from the University of California Irvine, where he was a member and assistant captain of the UCI Ice Hockey Team.

Mead has held previous legal internships with Sports1Marketing and Palace Entertainment and was formerly a locker room assistant with the Anaheim Ducks.


Riley was born on the east coast of Canada but was raised in Ottawa, Ontario. According to Riley, “As most Canadian kids do, I played hockey while growing up, but I quit in middle school to focus on football. An interesting fact: while in high school, ESPN’s own Jesse Palmer quarterbacked the team I played for where I was a slot receiver.”

Riley played football at Valdosta State University, where he graduated from in 2003 with a degree in Criminal Justice.  Thereafter, he moved to Ottawa and began the application process to join the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (“RCMP”).  Knowing that the application process takes a significant amount of time, he took some courses at the University of Ottawa and used his last year of eligibility to play football as a University of Ottawa Gee Gee.

After becoming a RCMP and marrying his wife, Melanie, Riley volunteered as a high school football coach.  In 2010, the Riley family moved to Houston, where Riley’s goal was to complete law school and find a way to incorporate sports and law together.

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