Cornell University

Labor and Employment Law Program

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Northwestern University and College Athletes Players Association (CAPA)

The NLRB and College Football

Note for Attorneys

2.0 CLE Credits (New York State)

This course is accredited for on-demand Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit hours in the state of New York. However, your state might accept New York state CLEs. Please check our list to see if your state accepts NY state CLEs.

Professional Practice (Non-Transitional ONLY)
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Course Description

Format: Online Course (On-Demand)

Arms Reaching Up in FootballThe NLRB has granted a review of the Regional Director’s decision that found scholarship football players at Northwestern University to be employees.

What will a Board Decision mean for organizing graduate students, medical interns, and athletes?

The NLRB will be addressing the definition of “employee” considering the factors laid out in the Brown University case, impact on Title IX, the role of the NCAA, and other policy concerns. Parties and amici briefs are due June 26, 2014.


  • Jeremiah A. Collins, Esq., Bredhoff & Kaiser PLLC, Attorney for the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) at Northwestern
  • Lawrence C. DiNardo, Esq., Partner and Labor and Employment Law Practice Leader, Jones Day, and Counsel for prospective Amicus Curiae for the Association for the Protection of Collegiate Athletes (APCA)
  • James G. Paulsen, Esq., Regional Director, NLRB Region 29

What You Will Learn

In this course, the panelists analyze the Regional Director’s decision. One panelist argues why the Brown decision is flawed and should be overruled, and another panelist contends that scholarship athletes are students and not employees. Hear the arguments that will be made to the Board as it considers this important case.

Who Will Benefit from This Course

  • Human Resources professionals in colleges, universities, and hospitals
  • Labor Relations professionals in colleges, universities, and hospitals
  • Lawyers who represent colleges, universities, and hospitals, both as in-house and outside counsel
  • Unions and their lawyers