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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Ind. Law - More on: Do NCAA lawyers located in Indianapolis need to be licensed to practice law in Indiana?

Updating this ILB entry from earlier this afternoon, the ILB has received this note from "an attorney licensed in Indiana":

Answering your question about whether NCAA lawyers need to be licensed would focus on their duties.

According to the Roll of Attorneys, Abigail Grantstein is "Inactive in good standing." As an assistant director for enforcement, Grantstein's duties would not be legal in nature.

The NCAA Enforcement division is tasked with ensuring "that institutions abiding by NCAA legislation are not disadvantaged by complying with the rules;" essentially she works for the NCAA's internal police force. As has been noted before, the NCAA has no subpoena power and is not considered an arm of the state (NCAA v. Tarkanian, 488 U.S. 179 (1988)).

As someone enforcing internal rules within an organization, I don't see how Grantstein or any other enforcement official would be required to be licensed to practice law here. This is opposed to a lawyer with the NCAA who handles contracts or licensing, which are generally considered the practice of law.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on November 20, 2012 03:42 PM
Posted to Indiana Law