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Brian Porto

Professor of Law

JD, Indiana University, 1987;
PhD, Miami University, 1979;
BA, University of Rhode Island, 1974

Phone: 802-831-1144
Email: bporto@vermontlaw.edu

Publications

Books and Chapters

  • The Supreme Court and the NCAA: The Case for Less Commercialism and More Due Process in College Sports, (The University of Michigan Press, 2012).
  • May It Please the Court: Judicial Processes and Politics in America, 2d ed., Taylor and Francis Group, 2008).
  • "The Art of Appellate Brief Writing," in Meador, Baker, and Steinman, Appellate Courts: Structures, Functions, Processes, and Personnel, 2d ed., LexisNexis 2006, 640.
  • A New Season: Envisioning an Alternative Model of College Sports (Praeger, 2003).
  • May It Please the Court: Judicial Processes and Politics in America (Addison Wesley Longman, 2001).
  • The Craft of Legal Reasoning (Harcourt Brace, 1998).

Articles

  • Brian L. Porto, Can the NCAA Enforcement Process Protect Children From Abuse in the Wake of the Sandusky Scandal?,22 Widener Law Journal 555 (2013)
  • Where Do We Go From Here? Vermont Campaign Finance After Randall v. Sorrell, 32 Vermont Bar Journal No. 4 (Winter 2007), 30-37.
  • Less Is More and Small Is Beautiful: How Vermont's Campaign-finance Law Can Rejuvenate Democracy, 30 Vermont Law Review No. 1 (Fall 2005), 1-41.
  • Democracy Revisited: The Writings of Lani Guinier, 20 Vermont Bar Journal (December 1994), 9-10.
  • "Law, Politics, and the Political Process," in Law and Politics: Unanswered Questions (David Schultz, ed., NY: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc. 1994).
  • The Constitution and the Ballot Box: Supreme Court Jurisprudence and Ballot Access for Independent Candidates, 7 BYU Journal of Public Law (1993), 281-318.
  • The Supreme Court and the Political Process, 19 Vermont Bar Journal (October 1993), 34-35.
  • The Constitution and Political Patronage: Supreme Court Jurisprudence and the Balancing of First Amendment Freedoms, 13 Pace University Law Review (Winter 1993), 87-139.
  • The Constitution and Political Parties: Supreme Court Jurisprudence and its Implications for Partybuilding, 8 Constitutional Commentary (Summer 1991), 201-218.
  • The Tinker Decision and Native Americans: The Case for Expanding a Precedent, 11 Journal of Law and Education, No. 1 (January 1982), 65-77.

Articles – Law and Sport:

  • You'll Never Work (or Play) Here Again:  A Lingering Question in Titles IX Retaliation Claims by Coaches and Athletes After Jackson v. Birmingham Board of Education  22 Marquette Sports Law Review - (Spring 2012).
  • Halfway Home: An Update on Title IX and College Sports, 34 Vermont Bar Journal 28 (Summer 2008), 28.
  • Changing the Game Plan: A Participation Model of College Sports, 85 Phi Kappa Phi Forum, (Fall 2005), 28-31.
  • The Legal Challenges to “Big Time” College Sports: Are They Threats or Opportunities for Reform? 27 Vermont Bar Journal (June 2001), 41-43.
  • Completing the Revolution: Title IX as Catalyst for an Alternative Model of College Sports, 8 Seton Hall Journal of Sport Law, (1998), 351-418.
  • The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same: Title IX and the Battle for Gender Equity in College Sports, 41 Res Gestae (the magazine of the Indiana State Bar Association) (November 1997), 26-38. Winner of Second Prize, Harrison Legal Writing Competition, 1997.
  • Balancing Due Process and Academic Integrity in Intercollegiate Athletics: The Scholarship Athlete’s Limited Property Interest in Eligibility, 62 Indiana Law Journal, (1987), 1151-1180.
  • "Legal and Constitutional Challenges to the NCAA," in Government and Sport: Public Policy Issues (James Frey and Arthur Johnson ed. Rowman and Allenheld, 1985), 20-36.
  • "Athletic Scholarships as Contractual Bases for a Property Interest in Athletic Eligibility," in  Sports and Law: Some Contemporary Issues (Herb Appenzeller, ed. Michie, 1985), 117-39.
  • Athletic Scholarships as Contracts of Employment: The Rensing Decisions and the Future of College Sports, 8 Journal of Sport and Social Issues (1985), 20-37.
  • College Athletics on Trial: The Mark Hall Decision and its Implications for the Future, 8 Journal of Sport and Social Issues (Winter/Spring 1984), 22-34.

Other

  • Improving Your Appellate Brief: The Best Advice from Bench, Bar and Academy", 34 No. 2 Vermont Bar Journal (Winter 2011) 36-42.
  • The Art of Appellate Brief Writing, 29 Vermont Bar Journal (Summer 2003), 30-36. Reprinted in Meador, Baker, and Steinman, Appellate Courts: Structures, Functions, Processes, and Personnel, 2d ed., (LexisNexis 2006), 640-45.
  • "Legal Reasoning and Review," in Law and Politics: Unanswered Questions (David Schultz, ed., NY: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc. 1994).
  • The Supreme Court Confirmation Process: Prescriptions for Reform, 18 Vermont Bar Journal (April 1992), 16-17.
  • New Hampshire’s New Statute of Limitations for Child Sexual Assault: Is it Constitutional and is it Good Public Policy? 26 New England Law Review (Fall 1991), 141-172.