Zovko, Claire – School of Education & Human Development

Zovko, Claire

Assistant Professor
Kinesiology and Sport Sciences
J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 2009
Sports Law, Sports Governance

Zovko joined the Sport Administration full time faculty in 2018 and was previously an Adjunct Professor in the department since 2013. She received her J.D. at the University of Miami School of Law in 2009 as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University in 2004.

Professor Zovko currently teaches Legal Aspects of Sport. She previously, taught Globalization of Sport and International and Comparative Sport Law with ISDE at Columbia University and St. John’s University School of Law. She co-taught Olympic Games & the Law at the University of Miami School of Law and on-site at the Olympic Games in London 2012.

Zovko is licensed to practice law in the state of Florida. She has ten years of legal experience including in-house legal affairs with an NBA franchise, D-I athletic compliance at the University of Miami, of-counsel with Buckner Sports Law, and legal counsel for professional athletes, organizations, and agents. She has direct experience with NBA player contract analysis, drafting, and negotiation preparation. At the collegiate level, she assisted with athletic compliance investigations, financial aid analysis, and interpreting the NCAA bylaws. She has assisted many athletes, agents, and coaches to appeal institutional or sport governing body decisions and resolve disputes.

Zovko serves on the board of directors for Sports Leadership, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to initiating ways for youth and adults to reach their full potential in life. Additionally, she is a E-RYT 500 and owns a yoga studio, Lighthouse Yoga & Wellness.

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