Jodi S. Balsam is Associate Professor of Clinical Law and Director of Externship Programs at Brooklyn Law School. Among her teaching and scholarly interests are Sports Law, Professional Responsibility, the Externship Seminar, and negotiation and other lawyering skills. She is the faculty advisor to the Brooklyn Entertainment and Sports Law Society, which voted her 2016 Law Professor of the Year. Professor Balsam has also taught courses in Sports Law and Sports Contracts at New York University, New York Law School, and Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany. She is a co-author of the sixth edition of Weiler Roberts’ Sports and the Law, the leading law school casebook in the field.
Before joining academia, Professor Balsam was the National Football League's Counsel for Operations and Litigation, where she managed litigation in all areas of law, oversaw a variety of policy and operational matters, negotiated and drafted contracts for League special events including the Super Bowl, and administered the League's internal dispute resolution processes and compliance program. She began her practice career as a litigation attorney with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, representing primarily sports and entertainment clients in antitrust matters and complex commercial litigation. She also clerked for judges sitting in the federal district and appeals courts in New York City. A graduate of Yale College, Professor Balsam received her law degree from NYU School of Law.
Professor Balsam has served as chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Law and Sports, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport and the international sports law blog LawInSport. She has presented at many sports law conferences and symposia, most recently on athletes’ rights of free expression, sports gambling, wearable technology, and the role of the sports agent, also the subject of her published paper, “Free My Agent”: Legal Implications of Professional Athlete Self-Representation. She frequently appears in the media on legal issues in sports, and has been seen on ESPN and MSNBC, as well as quoted in the New York Times, USA Today, Bloomberg/Businessweek, and CBS Moneywatch.