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2018 – 2019 Editorial Board

Kimberly Russell  |  Editor-in-Chief

 

Saturdays were spent watching college football in the Russell household. The rest of the week was devoted to news. Those sources of “entertainment” are what inspired Kimberly to serve as editor-in-chief for the Mississippi Sports Law Review. Her parents taught her at a young age how to think critically, how to write, and how to enjoy college football.

Kimberly started college at Ole Miss but transferred to Oral Roberts University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in communications. Following graduation, Kimberly served as a producer for ABC’s Tulsa affiliate (KTUL) for two years. She studied for the LSAT while writing and producing overnight for Good Morning Oklahoma.

Kimberly Russell serves as the 8th editor-in-chief for the MSLR. She is from Brandon, MS but has lived in seven states. Kimberly loves SEC teams, particularly the Rebels (but also Auburn, her mom’s alma mater).

Neal Hegarty  |  Executive Editor

Neal is a third-year law student from Orient, Ohio and executive editor of the Mississippi Sports Law Review. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2016 from The Ohio State University. He is a huge fan of everything Ohio State, and also enjoys cheering for Reds Baseball, Cavs Basketball, and Browns draft day.

Senior Articles Editors

Emily Lovelass

Emily is a third-year student at the University of Mississippi School of Law and the Senior Articles Editor. She is originally from Vestal, NY and attended SUNY New Paltz, earning a dual Bachelors Degree in English and Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. Emily is greatly interested in collegiate athletics compliance and the evolving definition of amateurism. She is a lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Eagles.

Allison Slusher

Allison serves as the Senior Articles Editor for the Mississippi Sports Law Review. Allison is a third-year student from Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2016 where she majored in Mandarin Chinese and International Studies and minored in Journalism. Her interest in sports law grew when she compared the Chinese Basketball Association to the NBA for her undergraduate thesis. She is a fan of the Houston Rockets and the Ole Miss Rebels.

Senior Notes Editors

Hailey McNair

Hailey is a third-year law student from Brandon, MS, and she is a Senior Notes Editor for the Mississippi Sports Law Review. She graduated from Mississippi College in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Hailey is a huge basketball fan, which stems from her prior commitment to playing high school, AAU, intramural, and Division II college basketball. Her longtime NBA favorites are Lebron James and Kyrie Irving.

Rebecca Valentine

Rebecca Valentine is a third-year law student from Stringer, Mississippi and serves as a Senior Notes Editor for the Mississippi Sports Law Review. In 2016, she graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, with a Minor in Legal Studies. Rebecca’s passion for sports began at an early age, and she has continually participated in sporting events over the years. She particularly enjoys watching and playing basketball and softball.

Bryan Starnes  |  Senior Online Editor

Bryan Starnes is a third-year law student from Signal Mountain, Tennessee.

Melissa Baker  |  Managing Articles Editor

Melissa Baker is the Managing Articles Editor for the Mississippi Sports Law Review. She earned her Bachelors of Arts from the University of Mississippi in 2016, majoring in Public Policy Leadership and minoring in Intelligence and Security Studies. Melissa prefers watching college football, particularly the Ole Miss Rebels, to most sports. She is most interested in gender and international sports law issues.

Brittney Eakins  |  Managing Notes Editor

Brittney Eakins is a third-year law student from Kiln, Mississippi.

 Managing Online Editors

Nikki Breeland

Nikki is a 2018 Juris Doctor Candidate at the University of Mississippi School of Law and is the Managing Online Editor of the Mississippi Sports Law
Review from Fontana, California. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in History from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2015, and also with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Mississippi University for Women in 2013. In the summer of 2017, she served as a legal clerk for Hickman, Goza & Spragins in Oxford, Mississippi as well as Allen, Allen, Breeland & Allen in Brookhaven, Mississippi. For the duration of the 2017- 2018 year, she served as a law clerk for McDavid & Associates and Smith & Dobbs, both in Oxford, Mississippi. Nikki will serve as a law clerk at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Mississippi during Summer
2018.

Nikki cheers for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Atlanta Braves, the Golden State Warriors, and the Ole Miss Rebels. She has a forthcoming publication entitled, “All The Truth I Could Tell”: A Discussion Of Title VII’s Potential Impact On Systemic Entertainment Industry Victimization in volume 25 of the UCLA
Women’s Law Journal (Summer 2018). She is also preparing two other articles, “Bad Blood”: Reconciling the Recording Industry and Copyright Protections on the Internet, and Playing Doctor: Combating the Issue of Sexual Assault in Quasi-Professional Sports in Light of US v. Nassar.

Kelly McCall

Kelly is a third-year law student from Memphis, Tennessee and she is a Managing Online Editor for the Mississippi Sports Law Review.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Missouri State University and her Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Mississippi. Kelly is a lifelong fan of the Ole Miss Rebels and even named her dog after Eli Manning. Her favorite sports include football and tennis.

Anthony Liberato  |  Business Editor


Anthony is a third-year law student at the University of Mississippi School of Law and the Business Editor for the Mississippi Sports Law Review. Anthony attended the University of Mississippi for undergrad where he graduated with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Business Administration.  In the summer of 2017, Anthony served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Katherine Samson in his hometown of Gulfport, Mississippi. He is a big fan of Ole Miss Athletics and attends almost every home football and baseball game. Following graduation, Anthony plans on returning to the coast of Mississippi to practice law. 

Alayna Murphy  |  Alumni Coordinator

Alayna is rising third-year law student from the Jackson, Mississippi area and is the Alumni Coordinator for the Mississippi Sports Law Review. She graduated cum laude from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. In the summer of 2016, she worked for Marc E. Brand & Associates and studied abroad at the University of Cambridge. After meeting Bryce Harper during his rookie season, she became a follower of the Washington Nationals. In the fall, she can be found cheering for the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the New Orleans Saints. She is preparing two articles for publication entitled RICO Operation: the NCAA and its Fellow Wiseguys and BioBlock: What to Do When Your Health Information Is Portable but Not Necessarily Private.