Miami Law Leadership Course Kicks off with NFL Legends


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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 13, 2020) – NFL and Miami Law grad Marc Trestman, J.D. ’82, and NFL and UM grads Jim Kelly and Bernie Kosar will be joined by Peter Carfagna, co-director of the sports track in Miami Law's Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law LL.M. for a fireside chat on a wide range of leadership topics.

“Defining Your Leadership Playbook” is the seminal virtual event to launch a new sports leadership course in the EASL LL.M. program at the University of Miami School of Law, and it will be held on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Registration is free.

"It has been a pleasure to work alongside two incredibly accomplished professionals in Marc and Peter, who have been leaders at the highest level of their field, as we have developed this innovative and important new course offering,” said Greg Levy, director of the EASL program. “At our summer advisory board meeting, the suggestion was made that we should develop a leadership course. Marc and Peter graciously agreed to develop the course syllabus and have crafted a mutual vision for the course. Our students are in for an incredible journey as they will explore and develop their leadership ethos with the guidance and support of an all-star roster of industry leading guests. We couldn't be more grateful to Jim and Bernie for joining us to talk about their journey as leaders on and off the field."

Trestman, an American and Canadian football coach, started his career with the Miami Hurricanes after law school, first under Howard Schnellenberger, then under Jimmy Johnson, where he helped coach Kosar. In 1983, when Trestman served as quarterbacks coach, Kosar led the team to an 11-1 season and a memorable win over Nebraska for the National Championship. Trestman has been an offensive coordinator in college and the NFL, a head coach of the Chicago Bears, and 3 time Grey Cup champion head coach in the CFL. Most recently he has served as head coach and general manager for the Tampa Bay Vipers of the XFL.

Kelly, as quarterback of the Miami Hurricanes, initiated the rebirth of the University of Miami football program that that then led him to playing in four Super Bowls with the Buffalo Bills - he now has a place today in Canton as a member of the NFL Hall of Fame.

Kosar also played quarterback for the Hurricanes and lead UM to its first national championship in 1983. He graduated in three years and went on to play professionally in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns from 1985 – 1993 and then finished his career with the Dallas Cowboys and the Miami Dolphins. With the Cowboys, he won Super Bowl XXVIII, beating the Buffalo Bills, in 1994.

Available only at Miami Law, and taught by prominent faculty and practicing attorneys, students study this combined graduate degree program in entertainment, sports and arts law focus on areas of law that in today’s world are expanding, converging, and at times, intersecting. Hands-on, practical learning teaches skills of high value which can provide the tipping point for attorneys contending for jobs in very competitive areas. The Spring course will feature weekly high profile speakers and be co-taught by Trestman and Carfagna.

The event is free and open to the public with advance registration.