My name is Dale Hutcherson, and I started this blog with the intention of providing a useful resource to attorneys, law students, and those who aspire to work in the sports law industry. Through my interviews, networking, and pursuit of a career practicing law in the field of sports and entertainment, I have met tons of great people and influencers in the sports and entertainment law field, and have gained, and continue to gain, valuable knowledge in this niche area of legal practice. Thankfully, I am have made it past the first barrier of law school and the UBE bar exam (TN) and now am gaining experience in sports and entertainment law as a practicing attorney.
This blog is meant for posts and articles concerning all things sports, sports law, and pursuing a career within the sports industry as an attorney, law student, or future attorney. It is also meant to be an interactive online community for idea sharing on this important topic. I look forward to posting and reading about other peoples experiences, ideas, and opinions on the subject matter. I hope this blog brings great advice and insight into this are.
For more information concerning sports, law, or myself, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, check out my LinkedIn, or post a comment. I am more than happy to speak with anyone–just let me know how I can be of service. Below is my current biography (in case you wanted to see my background thus far).
Dale Hutcherson’s Bio:
Dale Hutcherson earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in May 2018. During his time in law school, Dale served on the University of Memphis Law Review and founded the University of Memphis Sports & Entertainment Law Society.
While in law school, Dale performed over 150 hours of pro bono service for the Memphis community including serving as a track leader for both criminal and family law tracks for the Memphis Law Alternative Spring Break Pro Bono program. Dale also served on the law student committee for the American Bar Association Sports Law Division and spent a semester at the University of Oregon Sports Law Institute where he studied various areas of sports law including Employment/Labor law, intellectual property, contracts, business law, and negotiation. Dale also participated in the Tulane Pro Football Contract Negotiation Competition two times as a representative for Memphis Law. Dale now serves as an advisor/consultant to the Memphis Law Sports and Entertainment Law Society and assists with coaching the negotiation teams and preparing the teams for negotiation competitions in the NFL/professional football context. While a member of The University of Memphis Law Review, Dale composed a written piece on the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team and their legal battle with the United States Soccer Federation, which will be published in the 2019 edition of the Sports Lawyers Journal published by Tulane University.
Dale’s practical legal experience includes working as a law clerk and in business development/athlete management for Hall of Fame Quarterback Warren Moon and his company, Sports 1 Marketing in Irvine, California where Dale drafted, reviewed, and helped negotiate several major contracts including endorsement deals, partnership/sponsorship agreements, and employment contracts. While working for Sports 1 Marketing, Dale worked with numerous notable athletes and entertainers including former Buffalo Bill, Andre Reed, former New York Yankee, Jim Leyritz, and former Houston Oiler, Warren Moon. Dale later worked for sports law attorneys Daniel Werly and Justin Sievert in Nashville as a legal intern where he contributed to business development and assisted with different legal issues including NCAA compliance/collegiate athletics and contracts in the professional sports context. Dale also clerked for the Honorable David Delgado and Jody Neyman in Southaven, Mississippi after his first year of law school.
Before Dale began his legal career, he received his undergraduate degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee where he played four years of college football for the Lynx as a quarterback and wide receiver. Dale received his undergraduate degree with a B.A. in History and Political Science. While at Rhodes, Dale was elected by his peers and served on the Student Government Association and the Activities Board. Dale also was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity where he served as Chaplain on the Executive Board and helped lead the Judicial Board. Dale was voted the Alpha Tau Omega “Member of the Year” and assisted with several philanthropic causes including raising money for the Wounded Warrior Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and MIFA. Dale also helped coach the Rhodes College football team during the 2018-2019 season as a Defensive Backs/Safeties Coach and assisted with football operations and recruiting.
Dale is originally from Dresden, Tennessee where he continues to serve as a volunteer fireman on the Dresden Fire Department. While in Dresden, Dale attended Dresden High School and played football, basketball, and baseball during his four years. In football, Dale was the first ever First Team All-State Quarterback in Dresden High School football history and helped lead Dresden to its first playoff victory in nearly two decades. He also pitched a no-hitter in baseball during his high school baseball career. Dale served as student council President and was an active member of FCA, the Beta Club, and DECA club where he served on the executive boards.
Dale currently resides in Memphis, Tennessee with his fiancée, Samantha Sandoval, who works for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital/ALSAC.
Case Comment: U.S. Soccer Fed’n Inc. v. U.S. Women’s Nat’l Soccer Team Players Ass’n, Sports Lawyers Journal, Tulane University Law School (publication forthcoming Spring 2019).
The Aspiring Sports Lawyer Blog, various articles and interviews published including one article to the University of Oregon Sports Law Institute website, and one to the University of Virginia website database.
Thank you for reading!
– Dale Hutcherson