This past weekend Miami Law students Jason Sosnovsky and Mark Lesorgen placed first at the National Baseball Arbitration Competition hosted by Tulane Law School's Sports Law Society. Thirty-four teams competed including teams from Harvard, Fordham, University of Notre Dame, Duke, and Tulane.
The arbiters were Michael Weiner, Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association; Larry Silverman, Vice President and General Counsel of the Pittsburgh Pirates; and Jon Fetterolf, partner at Williams & Connolly and a certified baseball agent.
"It felt great to win the competition," said Lesorgen, a 2L. "We put a lot of time and energy into writing the briefs as well as practicing our oral arguments. From participating in the competition and obtaining feedback from the arbitrators, some of which are big players in the baseball industry, Jason and I are confident that we can do arbitration work for a baseball team or on behalf of a player. We enjoyed the competition and hope to go back next year."
The 4th annual National Baseball Arbitration Competition is a simulated salary arbitration competition modeled closely on the procedures used by Major League Baseball (MLB). Like most law school moot court competitions, the National Baseball Arbitration Competition's main goal is to provide participants with the opportunity to sharpen their oral and written advocacy skills. The competition, however, is unique in that it allows law students to sharpen these skills within the specialized context of MLB's salary arbitration proceedings.
"Winning the competition felt like a great accomplishment," said Sosnovsky, also a 2L. "This was especially true because the final panel that deemed us as champions consisted of Michael Weiner, Larry Silverman, and Jon Fetterolf. Their feedback was very positive as they were impressed with our understanding of the baseball arbitration system and our presentation skills."
Both Sosnovsky and Lesorgen are members of the Entertainment & Sports Law Society at Miami Law.