Roger I. Abrams, the Richardson Professor of Law at Northeastern University, is a prolific author and leading authority on sports and labor law and legal education. He has served as a salary arbitrator for major league baseball and as a permanent arbitrator for the television, communications, electronics and coal industries, for the U.S. Customs Service, Internal Revenue Service, Walt Disney World, the State of Florida and Lockheed-Martin Company.
Mr. Abrams has published seven books on the business and history of sports: Legal Bases: Baseball and the Law (1998), The Money Pitch: Baseball Free Agency and Salary Arbitration (2000), The First World Series and the Baseball Fanatics of 1903 (2003), The Dark Side of the Diamond: Gambling, Violence, Drugs and Alcoholism in the National Pastime (2008), Sports Justice (2010) and Playing Tough: The World of Politics and Sports (2013). In addition, Mr. Abrams is co-author of the leading Sports Law casebook published by West Publishing Company.
Mr. Abrams was appointed to lead the law school in July 1999 and stepped down in 2002. He served as dean of both Rutgers University's law school in Newark, New Jersey, and Nova University Shepard Broad Law Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, before coming to Northeastern. He began his academic career on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio, where he became the youngest tenured full professor in the history of that university.
Mr. Abrams clerked for Judge Frank M. Coffin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston, and then practiced with the Boston firm of Foley, Hoag & Eliot in the areas of labor law and civil rights litigation. Mr. Abrams is an elected member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Foundation, the National Academy of Arbitrators and the Massachusetts Historical Society.
Mr. Abrams received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.
Mr. Abrams is author of Bloomberg BNA Books' Inside Arbitration: How an Arbitrator Decides Labor and Employment Cases.
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