In honor of the Arizona State Sports and Entertainment Law Journal’s tenth anniversary, we bring you the SELJ Podcast. 

Episode 1

Episode Synopsis: John discusses his trajectory through Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and into the entertainment industry, beginning with his work at the United Talent Agency to his current position at Netflix. The podcast revolves around John’s experiences in law school and his advice to law students interested in working in entertainment. The discussion includes advice on internship/externship recommendations while in law school, classes and experiential learning, and approach to getting the first job post-law school. 

John StormsManager, Original Content—Netflix

John currently serves as Manager of Original Content in the Business Affairs department at Netflix in Los Angeles. His focus is primarily on episodic programming. Prior to Netflix, John worked in Business Affairs at ITV America and the United Talent Agency. He holds a J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and a B.A. from the University of Southern California.

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Episode 2

Episode Synopsis: Professor Michael LeRoy explores the use of the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871 (42 U.S.C. § 1985) to combat coaching racism in college sports.

Michael Leroy, Professor, University of Illinois School of Labor & Employment Relations and the College of Law

Professor Michael LeRoy teaches at the University of Illinois School of Labor & Employment Relations and the College of Law. He recently published Whitewashing Coaching Racism in NCAA Sports: Enforcing Civil Rights Through the Ku Klux Klan Act in the Arizona State Sports & Entertainment Law Journal’s Fall 2020 issue (Volume 10, Issue 1). Professor LeRoy holds a JD from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, an MA in Labor Relations and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a BA in Political Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Professor LeRoy’s article can be found at and on Lexis and Westlaw. It is available for hardcopy purchase on Amazon

Episode 3

Aaron Hernandez, Director, Allan “Bud” Selig Sports Law and Business Program at Arizona State University

Aaron Hernandez the Director of the Allan “Bud” Selig Sports Law and Business Program at Arizona State University. Before joining Arizona State, Aaron was the Associate Director of Football at the NCAA. While at the NCAA, Aaron specialized in stakeholder engagement in Division I (FBS). Aaron worked closely with high-profile college football coaches, athletic directors, sports administrators, compliance officers, and many other stakeholders to identify major threats to the collegiate model. He also served as the primary liaison to the Big 12 Conference, American Athletic Conference, Under Armour, and the College Football Playoff for all football-related matters. Aaron also conducted investigations of institutions that may have violated NCAA rules and focused on matters that involved Division I college football. 

Aaron has previously served in compliance and legal roles with: Marquette University Athletics, the National Sports Law Institute, NASCAR, and Gray & Associates, LLP. Aaron graduated with his Juris Doctor in May of 2013 from Marquette University Law School, receiving a certificate in Sports Law from the National Sports Law Institute, and is an admitted attorney to the State Bar of Wisconsin. Aaron was named the 2019 Marquette Sports Law Alumnus of the Year and is published in four separate law journals for works focused on legal issues in sports.

A native of El Paso, TX, Aaron received his Bachelor’s in Business Administration in Finance from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame in 2010. Aaron currently resides in Phoenix, AZ.

Note** Episode 3 has two parts.

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Episode 4

Oliver Butler

Oliver Butler is a founder and co-Artistic Director of The Debate Society. He recently directed the Broadway Premiere of What the Constitution Means to Me (Nominations for the Tony Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Drama League Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and Drama Desk Award; Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama), West Coast Premiere of Will Eno’s Thom Pain (based on nothing) starring Rainn Wilson at The Geffen Playhouse, Thom Pain (based on nothing) starring Michael C. Hall at the Signature Theatre Company, and The Amateurs by Jordan Harrison at The Vineyard. Regional Productions: Itamar Moses’s The Whistleblower at Denver Center, Christopher Shinn’s An Opening in Time at Hartford Stage and Daniel Goldfarb’s Legacy at Williamstown Theatre Festival. In Australia he directed the premiere of Timeshare by Lally Katz at The Malthouse in Melbourne. He also directed the premiere of Will Eno’s The Open House (OBIE Award for Direction; Lortel Award, Best Play) at the Signature Theatre Company. He is a Sundance Institute Fellow and a Bill Foeller Fellow (Williamstown Theatre Festival).