Genevieve F.E. Birren, Esq. is an Associate Professor in the Sport Management Department at SUNY Cortland. Prior to coming to Cortland, she was a Visiting Professor at the University of Memphis, interned in operations at Major League Soccer, worked in sports information at the Division I level, and as a legal research assistant. She teaches undergraduate-level facility management, event management, sport law, international sport culture and society, as well as graduate-level finance, international sport law, and research methods. She also oversees internships and projects for both graduate and undergraduate students.
In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Prof. Birren has served as the Department’s Graduate Coordinator since 2012 and as an advisor to graduate students since her arrival at Cortland. She has also served as a member and chair of numerous department, school, and university committees.
Prof. Birren has received a number of awards and honors during her academic career, including the Martin J. Greenberg Award for the Excellence in the Study of Sports Law and the Carl Scheer Award for Best Venue Paper while at Marquette Law School, where she served on the Law Review Board for two years. She is also a member of the Wisconsin State Bar and the Sport and Recreation Law Association.
ABD from the University of New Mexico. Dissertation title: “An Analysis of the Results of Court of Arbitration for Sport Doping Awards involving Athletes between 1994 and 2008.”
Juris Doctor from Marquette University Law School (certificate earned in Sport Law) in 2004.
Master’s of Science in Sports Business (focus in Finance and Development) from New York University, 2006.
Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001.
Undergraduate courses taught
Peer Reviewed Articles
Birren, G.F.E. & Schmitt, T. (Forthcoming 2018). Mixed martial artists: Challenges to unionization. Marquette Sports Law Review. (Accepted).
Birren, G.F.E. & Lubisco, R. (2017). Whatever happened to the International Convention against Doping in Sport: The United States ratified it, but then what? DePaul Journal of Sport Law & Contemporary Issues, 13(1), 1-30
Lubisco, R. & Birren, G.F.E. (2017). The case of the iPhone. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 88(2), 59-60.
Lubisco, R. & Birren, G.F.E. (2017). The S.M.A.R.T strategy to recruiting and retaining high school coaches. Strategies, 30(1), 15-20.
Traschler, T. & Birren, G.F.E. (2015). Implications of drug testing cheerleaders. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 87(1), 21-24.
Lubisco, R. & Birren, G.F.E. (2015). Limits on schools’ ability to regulate off-campus student conduct. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 86(7), 46-47.
Birren, G.F.E. (2014). A brief history of sport labor stoppages. DePaul Journal of Sport Law & Contemporary Issues, 10(1), 1-29.
Birren, G.F.E. and Fransen, J.C. (2008), The body and the law: How physiological and legal obstacles combine to create barriers to accurate drug testing. Marquette Sports Law Review, 19(1), 253-289.
Birren, G.F.E. (2006). Canada meets the U.S. on the legal playing field of multinational sports leagues. International Association of Sport Lawyers: Pandetkis, 6(3-4), 339-360.
Birren, G.F.E. (2004). NFL v. Sherman Act: How the NFL’s ban on public ownership violates the federal antitrust laws. Sport Lawyers Journal, 11(1), 121-139.
Book Chapters and Monographs
Birren, G.F.E. (2015). U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. In Sport leadership: A reference guide (Dodds, M. & Reese, J.T., Eds.). Santa Barbara, CA: Mission Bell Media.
Birren, G.F.E. (2015). World Anti-Doping Agency. In Sport leadership: A reference guide (Dodds, M. & Reese, J.T., Eds.). Santa Barbara, CA: Mission Bell Media.
Birren, G.F.E. (2012). NFL v. Sherman Act: How the NFL’s ban on public ownership violates the federal antitrust laws. In The business of sports (2nd ed.) (Rosner, S.R. & Shropshire, K.L., Eds.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
Birren, G.F.E. (2011). Public/private facility financing. In Encyclopedia of Sports Management and Marketing (Swayne, L.E. and Dodds, M., Eds.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Birren, G.F.E. (2011). Ownership of professional sport teams. In Encyclopedia of Sports Management and Marketing (Swayne, L.E. and Dodds, M., Eds.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.