Emma G. Powlin | Harris Beach PLLC
Emma focuses on issues related to large development projects as part of a team that represents more than two dozen Industrial Development Agencies, more than 90 municipalities, school districts and special improvement districts and many New York state agencies. The team also represents not-for-profit organizations and private sector clients on a range of matters including PILOT increment financing and other tax-exempt incentives. Emma advises on name, image and likeness (NIL) considerations, helping student athletes navigate taxes and fees, communication strategies and how to address policies and regulations by state, school and conference.
While in law school, Emma served as a legal extern for the University of Buffalo Division of Athletics, where she assisted department administrators in their response to the COVID-19 outbreak and conducted research regarding liability and mental health/athletics. She also served as a summer associate for law firms in Western New York over two consecutive summers and as a hearing representative for the University of Buffalo SBI Legal Assistance clinic. Emma was named captain of the SUNY Albany Division I Women’s Lacrosse Team.
Kasey Nielsen | Bricker & Eckler LLP
Kasey Nielsen is a higher education attorney with specific experience in university policies related to collegiate athletics including name, image, and likeness matters and reviewing athletic programs for Title IX compliance. As a trained Title IX investigator and decision-maker, Kasey assists colleges and universities in drafting and reviewing institutional policies to comply with federal regulations and provides guidance on various legal issues in student handbooks, including FERPA, the Clery Act and animals on campus.
With experience in the legal departments of the NCAA and several conferences, including the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and Southeastern Conference (SEC), Kasey has worked with athletic departments on compliance matters involving amateurism, recruiting, eligibility, and playing and practice seasons. Additionally, she has crafted conference-sponsored legislative proposals.
Recently, Kasey provided guidance on various legal issues associated with COVID-19, including communication plans, re-opening campus plans, acknowledgment and liability waivers, international students, and remote learning options. Kasey is a former legal extern with the United States District Court, Middle District of Louisiana, where she analyzed multiple case files, prepared memoranda, researched case and statutory law, observed trial proceedings, and revised citations on judicial opinions.