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Doping Enforcement in Sports – Does the Present System Work?

February 9, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

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Guest Speaker: Lindsay Brandon, Director of Safeguarding, Women’s Tennis Association; Formerly, Senior Associate, Law Office of Howard Jacobs.

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About this Event

Lindsay Brandon, Esq., has specialized in the advocacy of athletes in matters of anti-doping, team selection disputes and matters arising under the U.S. Center for SafeSport Code.
Lindsay will discuss:

• The system in place for testing Olympic athletes for Performance-Enhancing Drugs
• What happens when an athlete is accused of violation of the World Anti-Doping Code (“WADA”)
• How does the WADA system compare with the testing systems for professional team athletes in the U.S.? Better or worse?
• Did the system break down in the Valieva case?
• Ideas and suggestions to improve the system
• Future challenges for PED testing
• How does working for a governing body differ from your prior law firm role?




Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Lindsay grew up an avid local sports fan and was an avid athlete herself. Though she originally went to law school with a focus on criminal defense, a series of life events led her to freelance writing about the intersection of law and sport.

Lindsay returned to school to obtain her LL.M. in International Sports Law where she met Howard Jacobs, a renowned anti-doping lawyer based in the Los Angeles area. A semester-long internship turned into a nearly seven-year career working for the Law Offices of Howard L. Jacobs, where Lindsay developed an expertise in representing athletes accused of anti-doping violations, in team selection disputes, and in matters arising under the SafeSport Code.

Following the introduction of the U.S. Center for SafeSport, Lindsay became a passionate advocate for practical and effective safeguarding in sports. In November 2022, she was appointed the first-ever Director of Safeguarding for the Women’s Tennis Association.

Lindsay holds a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College, a J.D. from Seattle University, and an LL.M. from St. John’s University.

This event is open to all members of the Fordham Community and to the public.


February 9, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

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