2013 Ruling Sports Summer Interns

It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to the 2013 Ruling Sports summer interns!  These five individuals were chosen out of many applicants because of their knowledge of the law, great writing skills and passion for sports.  I am looking forward to working with them this summer and hopefully serving as a mentor as they move forward with their careers.

JARED BERMAN

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After culminating his third “best sportsmanship” trophy in youth basketball, Jared Berman realized his moral fiber surpassed his jump shot and reevaluated his long-term goal of becoming the next Kobe Bryant. Determined on having sports a part of his life, he set out to be a analyst, hoping one-day to influence the professionals he grew up idolizing.

Born in Long Beach, California and raised just south in Irvine, Berman had the luxuries of the beach at his fingertips with the enjoyment of the Angels, Ducks, and Lakers just a short drive away.

At age eighteen, he temporarily discarded Orange County living and headed east to study at the University of Arizona. While pursuing a degree in political science, he bolstered his legal understanding and became Captain of the college’s mock trial team. But life wasn’t all work; he also joined the AEPI fraternity and may or may not own a toga.
Following the college years, Berman moved back to Irvine and spent the year applying to law school. Meanwhile he juggled three part time jobs–as a LSAT proctor, sports counselor at the local Jewish Community Center, and waiter at the Cheesecake Factory.

Berman has since become a student at Chapman Law School, anticipating to graduate in May of 2015. He was the only first-year selected on Chapman’s Mock Trial Team, and is interested in trial advocacy and sports law. He is a self-proclaimed fantasy football guru, hard-core problem solver, and his favorite meal of the day is caffeine. Berman founded a website, SportsNLaw.com, which provides sports news through a legal lens.

Twitter:  @realsportsnlaw

Email:  berma118@mail.chapman.edu

MAYA BURCHETTE

ImageMaya Burchette is a rising second year law student at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Originally from Denver, Colorado, Maya earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Howard University in Washington, DC. While at Howard Maya competed for three years for the Lady Bison softball team and was awarded the Howard Athletics Academic Excellence Award and was named to the Middle Eastern Athletic Conference All Academic Team. Additionally, she served as the President of the Colorado Club and was a contributing writer for the Howard University News Service.

Currently she is the social media coordinator for the Tulane Sports Law Society @TulaneSportsLaw and Vice President of Tulane’s La Alianza De Recho.

A life long sports fan and athlete, she loves how sports often transcend the human experience and ultimately Maya hopes to break into the sports law and work in the industry as in house counsel. When she has spare time, she enjoys cooking, crossfit and watching the Denver Broncos.

Twitter:  @MayaBurchette

Email:  mayaburchette@gmail.com

MARK BURNS

ImageMark graduated from the University of Michigan in May 2011 and will enter his third year of law school at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee this upcoming fall. He has aspirations of working in the sports business industry upon graduation in 2014.

He was recently named a 2013 “30 Under 30” Award Recipient (Sports Launch Magazine) in addition to being named A Rising Star In #SportsBiz for 2013 (SportsNetworker.com).

This summer, Mark will participate in the Second Annual Manhattan Sports Business Academy, an 8-week summer sports business leadership program in New York City. MSBA is designed for undergraduate and graduate students and young professionals who want to gain invaluable experience in the sports industry and get a jump start into the fast paced, high energy sports business world through internships, mentoring, and networking.

As part of the program, Mark will be interning with the General Counsel at Leverage Agency in New York City. He will also continue his current role as the Assistant Producer for SportsNetworker.com and the Sports Executives Association in addition to writing regularly for BusinessofCollegeSports.com, a blog started by ESPN’s Sports Business Reporter, Kristi Dosh.

Mark’s past internships include time spent with the Nashville Predators, Central Collegiate Hockey Association, and Elite Talent Agency.

Twitter:  @MarkJBurns88

Email:  burnmark@umich.edu

KRISTOPHER COLLEY

Kris Colley

Kristopher [Kris] Colley is a junior psychology major and journalism minor at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia who is from Denver, Colorado.  Kris’ hobbies include watching, talking about, and playing sports.  Growing up and still today, sports have been one of the only things he fully relates to.  In the past, Kris has played baseball, and basketball competitively, but his favorite sport to play and watch is football.

Kris’ goal for many years has been becoming a sports journalist.  He also loves travelling, which sports journalist do a great deal of and believes that becoming a sports journalist would allow him to accomplish two of his loves, sports and travelling.

As a writer, Kris enjoys educating readers on various topics.  Informing them on news and helping them gain a further insight on a subject or story.  Kris feels that by being helpful, people begin to trust and listen to you.  Kris enjoys being a role model and leading others by example.

Email:  kcolley5293@gmail.com

CHRISTIAN DEME

Christian Deme is a rising 3L at Marquette University Law School, home of the National Sports Law Institute. While at Marquette University Law School, Christian has focused primarily on a curriculum of corporate law classes. Christian spent a year serving as the Student Bar Association Director of the Professional Development Committee, is on the Moot Court Team at Marquette, is a member of the Moot Court Board, and is also actively involved in the Business Law Society, as well as the Sports Law Society. Christian has a passion for sports and has taken classes on both Amateur and Professional Sports Law. Christian graduated from the University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign in 2009 and has a B.A. in Political Science with supporting coursework in Sociology. At the University of Illinois, Christian was an actively involved national delegate of Theta Chi Fraternity, member the University of Illinois Sailing Club, and served on the University of Illinois General Curriculum Student Council.
Outside of school, Christian also works as a law school associate for a foreclosure defense law firm in Chicagoland, where he formerly worked as a paralegal and litigation assistant. Christian hopes to work as a transactional attorney in the area of business planning and mergers and acquisitions after law school.
Christian is originally from Chicago and is huge hockey fan. Christian occasionally blogs about the Chicago Blackhawks, runs a fan page of the Blackhawks on Facebook, and has spent extensive time researching the collective bargaining agreement and labor law issues of the National Hockey League.
Twitter:  TheSportingBiz
JOHN LEPPLER
I am originally from Millburn, New Jersey and have lived there my entire life.At UMASS-Amherst I played lacrosse for a couple of years because, I will be honest, I saw more time on the bench than I did the field.

In law school, the areas of law that I hope to become an expert in are intellectual property, antitrust, and labor and employment. Will it get to me to where I want to be? I will see in years to come. However, If I could sit down, get in exercise and write about sports each and everyday for the rest of my life, there is no doubt that I have landed my ‘dream job’ (of course, I am hoping I can do that somewhere in a hot climate near a beach, each and everyday, it’s the “New Jersey” within).

Law school from a sports perspective thus far, has allowed me to provide legal analysis for different issues in the sports industry thus far. From an intellectual property law perspective, I am fascinated by the current class action lawsuit, O’Bannon v. NCAA. In a nutshell, there are two key issues riding on the lawsuit: 1) Is the language in Student Athlete Form 08-3a ambiguous on its face, allowing the NCAA to perpetually stripped the former student-athletes ability to license themselves to corporations in order to make money for themselves? Has the NCAA and Electronic Arts 2) has the NCAA and Electronic Arts violated the former student-athletes’ ‘right of publicity?’ In other words has the NCAA and Electronic used former collegiate student-athletes protected attributes for its own commercial benefit?

Twitter:  @Lepp326
Email:  jjleppler@yahoo.com
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