Jackson Lewis Enters Penn State Fray as Trustee Seeks NCAA Appeal

, The Am Law Daily


Two years after hiring former sports agent Gregg Clifton to build out its collegiate and professional sports practice, labor and employment firm Jackson Lewis has been retained by a member of Penn State's board of trustees to appeal NCAA sanctions levied against the school.

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  • PFM

    Politicians and governments notoriously rely on the short-term memory of people knowing that time is on their side when it comes to over-coming unpopular actions or events. I would not be surprised if the people responsible for appealing the sanctions are hoping to get them reduced as time passes, the hype wears down and people’s memories wane.

    However, I wonder if these same people would agree that the sanctions were too harsh if was their own child or that of their friend's, who were the victims, and the institution of higher education and the people of that institution who should have protected those children decided it was more important to protect the ideology of an institution over the sanctity of a child?

    It seems these same people who are trying to appeal the sanctions are just as obtuse as the people who ignored the problem at Penn State as they seemingly do not fully comprehend the severity of the systemic cultural idealism that put the institution of Penn State above that of a child all in the name of profit and notoriety.

    The severity of the sanctions, rightfully, seem to be more symbolic than practical and as a human being I hope symbolism trumps idealism and the sanctions stand, forever etching in people’s minds that ignorance is not bliss and if an individual or an institution does not behave ethically then hopefully society will send a message such as the one the NCAA gave to Penn State that the punishment for inaction far exceeds any negative ramifications as a result of ethical behavior especially when acting ethically protects the innocent.

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