23 Jul 2012

Pilgrim, Zovko to teach Olympics Law Course in London during 2012 Olympics

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MIAMI, July 23, 2012 – With days to go before the start of the  Summer Olympic Games in London, Jill Pilgrim, a sports lawyer and co-founder of Precise Advisory Group, and fellow attorney Claire Zovko are preparing their own unique perspective on the London Olympic Games.

For three weeks in July and early August, Pilgrim and Zovko will teach a class on The Olympic Games & The Law at University College London, on behalf of the University of Miami School of Law. Pilgrim developed the course and curriculum for the University of Miami and taught it to upper-class law students, with Zovko’s assistance, during the spring 2012 semester.

Pilgrim is a veteran of the Olympic sports scene, beginning as a teenage track-and-field athlete, and now 33-plus years later as a sports law professional.

“This will be the first time I attend the Olympics Games not solely as a sports fan or employee of an Olympic sports organization,” Pilgrim said. “This Olympics will give me the perspective of being outside the Olympic encampment.”

Zovko is a 2009 graduate of University of Miami School of Law who has served as a teaching assistant for other foreign-based summer sports law programs.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be headed to London under the auspices of the University of Miami School of Law to teach a law course that specifically focuses on the Olympic Games,” added Pilgrim. “We will bring timely, relevant, real-world examples of what is happening daily within the Games environment and provide legal analysis, guest speakers and promote discussion among the American law students attending the class.”

The summer law course is designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the Olympic sports framework, the myriad parties involved, as well as the legal and political issues that arise in that context. The powers and authority of the International Olympic Committee vis-à-vis National Olympic Committees, International Federations, National Sports Federations and athletes will be explored and explained.

Pilgrim serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law. She is owner of Pilgrim & Associates Law Office in New York and North Miami. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Sports Lawyers Association and Women in Sports & Events, and is a member and former Board member of the Association of Black Women Attorneys.

Zovko, a rising attorney with a passion for sports law and a consultant to Precise Advisory Group, serves as Pilgrim’s teaching assistant.

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