Seton Hall Law School: Gaming, Hospitality, Entertainment and Sports Law (“GHamES”) Program

At Seton Hall Law, students are encouraged to combine their passions with their professional goals, and nowhere is this more evident than in the new program in Gaming, Hospitality, Entertainment and Sports Law (“GHamES “). Seismic changes in these industries – including the growing legalization of sports betting across the country, the changing status of college athletics, the development of blockchain and NFT technologies, and the impact of COVID-19 on travel and recreation – have given rise to new legal issues and a pressing need for lawyers who can understand multi-jurisdictional regulatory frameworks, navigate relationships between adversarial stakeholders, protect intellectual property and life rights privacy, adapt to unpredictability and volatility, and advise clients on the importance of compliance and business ethics. The GHaES program is designed to train students to meet these challenges and continue to build the law school’s reputation as a leader in legal education.

Recent Supreme Court decisions, a global pandemic, and ongoing technological developments are reshaping the gaming, hospitality, entertainment, and sports industries. New Jersey played a pivotal role in ushering in this new landscape, leading litigation that led to a 2018 Supreme Court ruling allowing states to legalize sports betting and pass early legislation allowing student- athletes to benefit from the use of their name, image and Likeness (“NIL”). As a result, Seton Hall Law is ideally situated to train students for legal careers in these fields. The GHaMES program is invested in preparing students for careers in these interconnected industries; provide robust compliance training at all levels of the industry; encouraging industry professionals to adopt ethical business practices; promote scholarship and interdisciplinary collaboration on important legal and policy issues; and identify ways to support positive outcomes for our communities.

The GHaES program is overseen by Assistant Dean Devon Corneal ’03 who has made great strides in promoting and building the program’s footprint since joining the law school in January. Dean Corneal develops JD and MLS programs, unifying all courses and substantive content under one umbrella, expanding applied learning opportunities, building internal and external relationships to foster research and policy development, and teaching a top level sports betting course in usa states. Additionally, Dean Corneal was recently quoted in New Jersey Law Journal articles where she shares insights into how sports betting in New Jersey is driving a compliance boom for attorneys and ROI-NJ where she identifies unresolved scenarios and concerns facing the emerging sports betting industry in New Jersey.

The GHaMES program also continues to support existing offerings, including speaker series, symposia, and certificate of compliance programs. On March 3-4, the GHaES program hosted the 2nd Annual Sports Law Symposium, which brought together twenty prominent lawyers, scholars, athletes and executives, including keynote speakers Val Ackerman, Commissioner of the Big East Conference and DeMaurice Smith , executive director of the NFL Players Association, to discuss “Social Justice in Sports: How Social Justice Movements Will Shape the Landscape of Sports in the Future.” Panelists spoke to more than 150 registrants to discuss topics including transgender participation in sports and the rise of women in traditionally male-dominated roles in the industry.

Solidifying its role as the leader in gaming education on the East Coast, the law school will host its 3rd annual Gaming Law, Compliance and Integrity Camp May 16-18. This three-day certificate program promotes legal compliance and integrity in the gaming industry by providing high quality and robust legal, compliance and ethics training to professionals working or seeking to work in this space. To this end, the Bootcamp brings together compliance, ethics and integrity officers, legal counsel, gaming consultants and regulatory professionals to explore gaming legislation, public policy, technological innovations and ethical issues in order to understand and solve emerging problems in the field.

Jon J. Epps