Jodi S. Balsam is Associate Professor of Clinical Law and Director of Civil Externship Programs. In her Director role, she is responsible for designing the curriculum to support the vast number of BLS students enrolled in civil externships. She also teaches externship seminars and oversees faculty and field supervisors in the externship program. Her other scholarly and teaching interests include sports law, professional responsibility, civil procedure, and judicial administration. She was previously a faculty member at New York Law School, where she taught Legal Practice, Sports Law, and the Judicial Externship Seminar, and at New York University School of Law, where she taught in the Lawyering Program. Professor Balsam also designed and taught an innovative class in sports contracts and negotiation at NYU’s Sports Business Graduate Degree Program.
Before joining academia, Professor Balsam was the National Football League’s Counsel for Operations and Litigation, where she managed litigation in all areas of law, oversaw a variety of policy and operational matters, negotiated contracts for League special events, and administered the League’s internal dispute resolution processes and compliance program. She began her practice career as a litigation attorney with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, representing a wide range of clients in antitrust matters and complex litigation.
Professor Balsam has served as a law clerk for Judge Dennis Jacobs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Judge Charles Brieant of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She also served as Counsel to the Clerk of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and spearheaded the court’s project to comprehensively revise its local rules and internal operating procedures. She now sits on the Court’s Attorney Advisory Committee on Local Rules.
Professor Balsam frequently appears at academic and professional conferences, presenting on topics ranging from law school pedagogy and skills training to sports industry litigation. She was awarded a 2013 Scholarship Grant from the Legal Writing Institute and Association of Legal Writing Directors for her developing article, “Local Rulemaking as a Form of Resistance: When Federal Appellate Local Rules Challenge National Prerogatives.”
- B.A., Yale
- J.D., New York University School of Law
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