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Sport as an agent for social change to be discussed at SULC, October 23 - 10/23/2013 -

Layth Gafoor, a sports and entertainment law attorney from Canada, will address "Examining the Notion of Sport as an Agent for Social Change," at the SU Law Center's 2013 Fall Convocation, at noon, Wednesday, October 23, 2013, in 129-130 A. A. Lenoir Hall.

As managing director of Lucentem Sports and Entertainment Law, Toronto, Ontario, Gafoor's practice involves advising on business matters in the areas of sport and entertainment law. Since 2007, he has served as legal counsel for Combative Sport Canada and Kickboxing Ontario. His practice has allowed him to serve as counsel to a variety of sporting organizations, athletes, and coaches.

According to Gafoor, many individuals, corporations and state actors within the global community extol the innate ability of sports to unify and solve many human conflicts.

His presentation will challenge this position and pose the questions: Are we asking too much of sport? Are the values of sport truly universal? Are there global and regional winners and losers? And finally, are we holding sport accountable for its lofty promises and ideals?

Gafoor has become one of the leading television and media commentators in Canada, called upon to discuss a variety of international legal issues within sport, as well as provide analysis from a Canadian perspective. He has become a source that international organizations turn to when Canadian sport and entertainment expertise is required.

He also manages his firm's crisis management group. His team is responsible for providing direct crisis communication support and trial advocacy for high profile individuals and corporations facing criminal and regulatory charges throughout Canada.

A graduate of Osgood Hall Law School of York University, he earned a J.D. in 2006. Gafoor is a member of Law Society of Upper Canada; Canadian Association of Black Lawyers; an executive, Ontario Bar Association's Entertainment Media and Communication Section; Canadian Outreach Captain, Sports Lawyers Association (SLA); and editorial board member, Law in Sport, UK. He also sits on the board of the York University Alumni Association.

The Sports and Entertainment Legal Association is hosting the event.

Gafoor will also address SULC professor Tom Richard's Sports law class at 4 p.m. Tuesday, October 22, 2013, in 225 A. A. Lenoir Hall. Seating is limited, with priority given to students enrolled in the class.


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