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Legal Panel to Explore Skiing, Snowboarding and Resort Law

March 26, 2012

SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt. -- Vermont Law School's Sports Law Institute will host a panel discussion on emerging legal issues in skiing, snowboarding and resort law in Vermont and nationwide at 12:45 p.m., Thursday, March 29 in the Chase Community Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Image of snowboardTopics will include tort implications of participating in ski and snowboarding; the role of assumption of risk in personal injury litigation involving ski and snowboarding; new state laws that promote safety, such as requiring skiers and snowboarders under 18 to wear helmets; the structuring of licensing and related ski and snowboarding contracts; the impact of international law on multi-national ski, snowboarding and resort transactions; the impact of controversial new regulations promulgated by the International Ski Federation; the ways the law can improve underprivileged persons' access to ski and snowboarding; and how changes to the law might address the expected impact of climate change on the ski, snowboarding and resort industries.

Professor Michael McCann, director of the Sports Law Institute and one of the nation's leading sports law experts, will introduce the panel's speakers: VLS Associate Professor Brian Porto; Jaimesen Heins, associate general counsel at Burton Snowboards in Burlington; Andrew Maass, a Rutland attorney and the past president of the Association of Ski Defense Attorneys; and Parker Riehle, the president of the Vermont Ski Areas Association.

CONTACT: John Cramer, Associate Director of Media Relations, Vermont Law School
Office: 802-831-1106, cell: 540-798-7099, home: 802-649-2235,

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