The Student Sports Law Network (SSLN) was founded by six law students. The goal was to create a medium where ideas can be shared among all students interested in the field of sports law. Together, we plan to create a global network, mentor students, provide a platform to blog and podcast, offer a virtual symposium and much more! Membership is free and open to any law student.
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Co-Founder & Co-President
Dylan is a rising second-year law student at The University of New Hampshire School of Law. During his undergraduate studies, Dylan played Division I-FCS football at Houston Baptist University. After finishing his B.S. in Sport Management, Dylan enrolled at Texas A&M University to obtain his Master's. While at Texas A&M, Dylan was a graduate assistant for the Sport Management department where he conducted sports law research and oversaw 300 undergraduate students. Dylan currently serves as the president of the UNH Sports & Entertainment Law Society. He is also the 2L Governor for Student Bar Association at UNH Law.
Dylan's field experience includes, The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, The NCAA Men's Final Four, The Men's College Cup, The NCAA Division I FCS Championship, The Copa America Centenario, Texas A&M Athletics, The Houston Dynamo, AAU Junior Olympics, and Houston Baptist University Athletics.
Dylan externed at Heitner Legal after his first year of law school and previously worked for Hutchins law, a criminal defense attorney. Dylan is also a certified mediator.
Co-Founder & Co-President
Hayes is a second-year law student at Florida State University College of Law. During his undergraduate studies, Hayes played NCAA Division I golf at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. Playing golf since he was a year old, Hayes studied sports journalism at Mercer and -- among other great events -- covered Super Bowl LIII Opening Night and the 2019 Masters. Hayes's greatest feats include photobombing Tom Brady's Instagram story at Super Bowl Opening Night and sitting in the front row of Tiger Woods's post-Masters press conference.
In the legal field, Hayes has worked for Heitner Legal, two plaintiffs personal injury firms, served as a research assistant for the "Business of College Sports" (run by former ESPN reporter Kristi Dosh), and aided as a research assistant to Professor Erin Ryan at Florida State University. Hayes also serves as the secretary of Florida State University's Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Society, is a staff editor of the Florida State University Law Review, Articles and Notes Editor of the Florida State University Business Review, and a Teacher's Assistant to Professor Hillary Powell's Legal Writing and Research class.
Co-Founder & VP of Events
Jake, a Montreal native, is a rising third-year evening student at Loyola Law School Los Angeles and is the current president of Loyola’s Sports Law Association.
Prior to college, Jake played four years of junior hockey around North America and eventually earned a Division I scholarship to Mercyhurst University. After transferring and graduating from Salve Regina University, Jake moved to Los Angeles and accepted a job selling medical devices. Prior to enrolling at Loyola, he was a volunteer club hockey coach at both USC and UCLA.
Although Jake continues to sell medical devices full time, he recently completed a six-month internship at the Oak View Group (OVG) last January. OVG is run by sports industry giant Tim Leiweke and is a full-service firm that builds, finances, and manages arenas worldwide. Jake helped the company in its initial steps to launch NHL Seattle’s American Hockey League affiliate in Palm Springs, CA. After graduation, Jake intends to pursue a career in hockey.
Co-Founder & Professional Advisor
Mike Bacallao recently graduated with a JD from the Florida State University College of Law. During law school, Mike worked exclusively in the entertainment and sports industries. During 1L year, he got his start in the music industry while working with Pyramid Records and the Law Office of Allen Jacobi in Miami, FL, and a blues talent agency in Tallahassee, FL.
As a 2L, Mike spent his summer at NFL Films where he served as the legal intern. At NFL Films, he drafted, analyzed, and negotiated many of the contracts needed for NFL Films’ productions such as ‘Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Oakland Raiders’, ‘Peyton’s Places’, and ‘The NFL Top 100.’ His interests are in intellectual property issues and transactional disputes in the sports media field.
Vieux is a rising 3L at the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law. Vieux is a New York native and attended the University of Albany, where he studied psychology and graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Vieux has previous experience in sports law organizations as he was the Chair for the annual UF Entertainment and Sports Law Society Symposium. Vieux recruited 15 lawyers to speak at this event from across the country.
Vieux’s prior legal experience is vast. He has had stints with the New York State Senate, The Legal Aid Society and is currently clerking for Heitner Legal. Vieux also serves as both a research and teaching assistant at UF Law.
Justin is a rising second-year law student at Florida State University College of Law. Prior to law school, Justin attended East Carolina University and was a participant in numerous club sports as well as an active member in multiple sport clubs. During his undergraduate studies, Justin majored in accounting. He continued his education at ECU to eventually obtain his Master’s in Accounting.
Justin has worked as a staff accountant at Edwin Gray, CPA., at East Carolina University as a graduate assistant, and most recently as an intern with Legal Services of North Florida. Justin is also on Florida State University Law Review and is on FSU Law’s Entertainment Arts and Sports Law Society as “Competition Director.”
Dan Lust is an attorney at the New York City office of Geragos & Geragos in their Sports and Entertainment division.
Recently named a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers, Dan represents a wide range of businesses and individuals in matters across the firm’s footprint. He controls cases from their onset to completion encompassing all facets of discovery, depositions, motion practice, and settlement. He has handled all aspects of trial, solo, and argued cases to decision in a number of different forums.
Dan applies his legal experience to consult and provide analysis across a wide range of sports-specific issues. These can be found on his social media, @SportsLawLust, or on “Conduct Detrimental,” the #1 Sports Law Podcast that he co-hosts.
Dan’s insights have been featured by industry leaders such as Darren Rovell, Dan Le Batard, J.A. Adande, Keith Olbermann, Bob Nightengale, Ed Werder, and Bomani Jones. This has led to countless appearances on national programs including, but not limited to, ESPN Radio, Fox Sports Radio, CBS Sports Radio, Mad Dog Sports Radio, SB Nation Radio, Tony Bruno Show, and SiriusXM College Sports.
He has been published by Forbes, the American Bar Association, New York Law Journal, New York Business Journal, and Law360. He serves as Co-Chair of the Westchester County Bar Association's Tech Law Committee and has been asked to present to judges and attorneys regarding the latest trends at the intersection of litigation and technology. He has spoke before the New York State Judicial Institute, New York State Bar Association, New York City Bar Association, and New York County Lawyers Association. He has also been the featured speaker for law students in programs with Notre Dame Law School, Tulane University School of Law, New York Law School, Loyola Law School, and Florida University School of Law.
Dan met his wife Rachel at Union College and they reside in Connecticut with their daughter, Dylan.