Heisman Trophy Winner, NBA Star Charlie Ward to Speak at WMU-Cooley Soifer Memorial Lecture
Heisman Trophy winner and retired NBA player Charlie Ward, along with President of the Sarasota Bar and college football standout Keith DuBose, will be the featured speakers at the Howard Soifer Memorial Lecture in Sports and Entertainment Law. The noon event will be held at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Tampa Bay campus on Friday, Feb. 17.
Ward, in addition to being a retired professional basketball player and Heisman trophy winner, excelled as a college basketball player and was a Major League Baseball draftee. In his college football career at Florida State University he was honored with every award he was eligible for as a senior quarterback on FSU’s 1993 National Championship team, which included the Davey O’Brien and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm awards. Despite being one of the most decorated players in college football history, Ward pursued a professional basketball career and played in the NBA from 1994-2005 for the New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, and Houston Rockets.
DuBose, shareholder at the law firm of Matthews Eastmoore, earned his undergraduate degree at Duke University and was a member of the 1989 Duke football team that won the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship. He earned his juris doctor degree from the University of Florida College of Law.
This is the 11th (first in Florida) Howard Soifer Memorial Lecture. Some of the previous Soifer Memorial Lecture speakers have been T.J. Duckett, former running back in the National Football League; Tom Izzo, Michigan State University men’s basketball coach; Kevin Poston, president and CEO of Detroit-area based DEAL Elite Athletic Management; Steve Smith, broadcaster and former NBA all-star basketball player; and Steve Garvey, former Major League Baseball all-star and MVP.
Soifer (1949-2003) was a 1977 graduate of WMU-Cooley Law School. He was an avid sports fan and represented several prominent professional athletes during his career as a shareholder with Loomis, Ewert, Parsley, Davis & Gotting, P.C. Soifer was grateful for his legal education at WMU-Cooley Law School and his family, friends and partners have endowed the lecture series in his memory. The event is free and open to the public. Those interested in attending may RSVP online at cooley.edu/alumni.
About Western Michigan University Cooley Law School: WMU-Cooley Law School resulted from the 2014 affiliation that combined WMU's status as a nationally-ranked, public, comprehensive research university with the commitment to practical legal education of an independent, non-profit, national law school. WMU-Cooley is accredited by both the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The law school has provided nearly 20,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world, and enrolls classes in January, May, and September at its Lansing, Auburn Hills, and Grand Rapids, Michigan campuses, and its Tampa Bay, Florida campus. WMU and WMU-Cooley Law School operate as independent institutions with their own governance structure and separate fiduciary responsibilities.