I had a fantastic experience at the Second International Conference on Sports Arbitration that took place in Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia on November 1, 2011. I discussed relevant American sports arbitration cases and the role that arbitral precedent plays in professional and amateur sports in the United States. There were many great panelists, including Roman Khodykin (Clifford Chance – Moscow), who represented French tennis player Richard Gasquet in his doping appeal. We were also joined by Elena Migunova, the 2008 Beijing Olympics silver medalist in the 4x400 relay.
I would like thank Vadim Chubarov, Vice-President of the CCI of the Russian Federation, Shamil Ageyev, Chairman of the CCI of the Republic of Tatarstan, Thomas Firestone, Resident Legal Advisor, U.S. Department of State, and the many other panelists and guests of the conference for welcoming me so warmly. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Kazan, and it will make a great host for the 2013 University Games.