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About Adam Epstein

Adam Epstein, J.D./M.B.A. is Chair and Professor of Business and Sports Law in the Department of Finance and Law at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. He has written 4 textbooks including Sports Law (2013), and has published over 60 intellectual contributions. He had represented professional athletes prior to his academic career primarily in the sports of swimming and triathlon. Appointed by President Davies to serve as CMU Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) effective 2019. Adam has received several teaching awards including the College of Business AT&T Teaching Award (2015), the Dean's Teaching Award (2012), and the university-wide Excellence in Teaching Award (2014). Adam received the 2016 Betty van der Smissen Leadership Award from the Sport and Recreation Law Association (SRLA). Recipient of the inaugural Best Article Award (with Kathryn Kisska-Schulze, Clemson University) for the Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport (2017). SRLA Research Fellow (2018). Received CMU President's Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity (2018). Received a Certificate of Implementation from CMU's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for the classroom exercise entitled, “The Trading Card Effect,” and was recognized by the same as “an exemplary example of an application of a teaching and learning strategy, innovation, or intervention that impacts student learning.” Adam also serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport (JLAS), is Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Legal Studies Education (JLSE) (2019-20) and is the past Editor-in-Chief of the Rocky Mountain Law Journal.


Present Professor, Central Michigan University

Research Interests

Sports Law, Contract Law, Business Law, and Consumer Protection

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Honors and Awards

  • AT&T Teaching Award (2015)
  • CMU Excellence in Teaching Award (2014)
  • Certificate of Implementation (2014)
  • College of Business Dean's Teaching Award (2012)
  • SBC/AT&T Innovation/Excellence in Teaching Award (2007)


  • Legal Environment of Business
  • Business Law
  • Law of Agreements
  • Sports Law

Contact Information

P: 989-774-4428
F: 989-774-6456


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