Congratulations to our 2022 UB Sports Law graduates on their commencement day! This very special group not only survived law school in a pandemic, they flourished. Their efforts helped further strengthen our Sports Law program with innovative virtual events featuring speakers such as Harvard Basketball Coach Tommy Amaker, Stanford Women’s Basketball Coach Tara VanDerveer, and NFL Special Counsel for Investigations Lisa Friel. We are so proud of their accomplishments, and we look forward to their future successes. Congratulations to Elizabeth Bourne, Darby Daly, Marissa Egloff, Andrew Eskandar-Gergies, Josh Roetzer, Danny Saltzman, Robert Sands, Alva Swing, Jeremy Torres, and Derick White!
Helen A. “Nellie” Drew is an expert in sports law, including professional and amateur sports issues ranging from NCAA compliance and Title IX matters to facility construction, discipline of professional athletes, collective bargaining and franchise issues. Drew formerly served as an officer and in-house counsel to the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League, after previously working as outside counsel to the Sabres and the NHL. Among her more interesting experiences were assisting former USSR superstar Alexander Mogilny in obtaining asylum status in the U.S. and working on multiple NHL expansions, including San Jose, Ottawa, Florida and Tampa Bay.
Drew teaches a variety of courses that incorporate topics such as drug testing in professional sports and professional player contract negotiation and arbitration. She is especially interested in the evolving research and litigation concerning concussions in both amateur and professional sports.