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Epstein, Adam

Business Law Professor



Adam Epstein, J.D./M.B.A., has written four textbooks including Sports Law (2013), and has published over 60 articles in a variety of law-related areas. He had represented professional athletes prior to his academic career primarily in the sports of swimming and triathlon. 

Adam has received several teaching and research awards including the Dean's Research Excellence Award (2020-21), CMU's President's Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity (2018), CMU's Excellence in Teaching Award (2014), the College of Business AT&T Teaching Award (2007, 2015, and 2022), and the Dean's Teaching Award (2012). 

Recipient of Jerry & Felicia Campell Endowed Professorship (2022)

Appointed Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) (2019).

Inducted into the Sport and Recreation Law Association (SRLA) as a Research Fellow (2018).

Recipient of the Betty van der Smissen Leadership Award from SRLA (2016). 

Cited and quoted (along with Paul Anderson, Marquette Univ. Law School) by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Berger v. NCAA, 843 F.3d 285, 291-292 (7th Cir. 2016) regarding college student-athletes and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Berger v. NCAA

Received the inaugural Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport "Best Article" Award in 2017 for Northwestern University, the University of Missouri and the "Student-Athlete": Mobilization Efforts and the Future (with Kathryn Kisska-Schulze, Clemson University).

Received the inaugural Journal of Business Law & Ethics Pedagogy "Outstanding Paper" award in 2019 for Incorporating Sport into the Business Ethics Segment of the Course.

Received a Certificate of Implementation from CMU's Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for his classroom exercise entitled, "The Trading Card Effect," and was recognized by the university's teaching and learning center as "an exemplary example of an application of a teaching and learning strategy, innovation, or intervention that impacts student learning."

Featured in CMU News, August 14, 2017, The Game Changer that Changes Games.

Adam’s work has appeared in many journals and law reviews including Akron Law Review, ALSB Journal of Employment and Labor Law, Annals of Applied Sport Science, Arizona State University Sports and Entertainment Law Journal, Atlantic Law Journal, Campbell Law Review, Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, International Journal of Sport Management, Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal (formerly Villanova Sports and Entertainment Law Journal), John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law, Journal of Business Law & Ethics Pedagogy, Journal of Law, Business & Ethics, Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport, Journal of Legal Studies Education, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of NCAA Compliance, Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (JOPERD), Marquette Sports Law Review, Michigan Bar Journal, Oklahoma Law Review, Rocky Mountain Law Journal, Roger Williams University Law Review, Southern Law Journal, Sport Marketing Quarterly, Texas Review of Entertainment and Sports Law, The Sport Journal, University of Denver Sports & Entertainment Law Journal, Virginia Sports and Entertainment Law Journal, Willamette Sports Law Journal and others. 

Adam also serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport, served as Editor-in-Chief fo‚Äčr the Journal of Legal Studies Education (2019-2020) and is Past Editor-in-Chief of the Rocky Mountain Law Journal (2013-16).

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More about Adam Epstein


  • Dean's Research Excellence Award (2020-21)
  • Journal of Business Law & Ethics Pedagogy "Outstanding Paper" (2019)
  • CMU's President's Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity (2018)
  • Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport "Best Article" Award (2017) 
  • Betty van der Smissen Leadership Award from SRLA (2016)
  • CMU's Excellence in Teaching Award (2014)
  • College of Business Administration AT&T Teaching Award (2007 and 2015)
  • Dean's Teaching Award (2012)