Sneaker Law x Miami Law


2nd Annual Conference & Competition


March 2 - March 3, 2023
University of Miami - Fieldhouse/Hurricane 100 Room at the Watsco Center.
1245 Dauer Dr, Coral Gables, FL 33146


The Sneaker Law x Miami Law Case Study Competition will take place on Thursday, March 3rd, 2022 with preliminary rounds. On Friday, March 4th, 2022, we will host a conference in the morning followed by the final round. We look forward to seeing you in March!


Must be currently enrolled in a JD or LL.M. program. Graduate business school students and design students are eligible to participate. Participants can register as a team or as an individual and be paired with teammates. Teams (of up to 4) must include a law student but can also include business and design school students.



- Registration begins on Nov 22
- Early Bird Registration ends on Jan 7
- Regular Registration ends on Feb 23


Regular Pricing
- $525 per team
- $175 per individual

Virtual Pricing

- $350 per team
- $100 per individual

Note: Each individual will receive a Sneaker Law book, which is included in the cost.


Thursday, March 3, 2022 - Case Study Competition

9:00am-12:00pm – Preliminary Round 1
12:00pm-4:00pm – Preliminary Round 2
4:00pm-6:00pm – Reception and Announcement of Finalists

Friday, March 4, 2022 - Conference and Final Rounds

9:00am-9:15am – Opening remarks
9:15-10:15am – Panel 1
10:30-11:30am – Panel 2
11:45am-12:30pm – Keynote
12:30-2:00pm – Final rounds and awards


Local Hotels

It is recommended participants stay in the neighborhoods of Coral GablesCoconut GroveBrickell or Dadeland, as they are closest to the University of Miami campus.

For a list of local hotels with University of Miami discounted rates, click here.

Special Requirements

Please email the University of Miami School of Law, Office of Events & Conferences at for assistance with any special dietary or access needs.


Case studies will allow you to represent artists, designers, and brands on issues including IP protection of sneakers, rights of publicity, licensing deals, and collaboration agreements.

Judged by industry lawyers and business executives.

Competition will include a half-day conference touching on contemporary legal and business issues impacting the sneaker industry. 


Registrants will receive three (3) case studies in advance of the competition. Two (2) will be marked preliminary rounds and one (1) will be marked final round.

On the Monday before the competition, registrants will be assigned to their preliminary round time slot and the client they are representing.

Each team will have two (2x) rounds (one AM and one PM).

Each team will have thirty (30) minutes to present to one (or two) judges and judges will have fifteen (15) minutes for feedback.

Judges will score each round using the Competition rubric created for this competition.

Scores will be totaled after Day One.

At the Day One reception, the finalists (2-3 teams) will be announced, and they will be directed which party they will represent in the final case study (case study previously provided to them).


The final teams will present Friday afternoon on March 4, 2021, after the keynote address and judged in front of the live audience.


Separate tickets will be available for the half-day Sneaker Law conference on the morning of Friday, March 4, 2022.

Join a panel of legal and business industry experts who will discuss:

Sneaker NFTs and the Metaverse

Learn what the future holds for sneakers in the digital space, including NFTs, metaverse wearables, DAOs and more.

Bootlegs, Customs and Replicas

Talk to accomplished sneaker customizers and explore how intellectual property law impacts the growing trend of independent sneaker design and what artists can do to build their brands while avoiding legal trouble.


Keynote Conversation

While at the conference:

Engage with vendors at our exhibitor hall

Attend a Sneaker Law book signing with authors Kenneth Anand and Jared Goldstein

Watch the final round of the Sneaker Law Case Study Competition.

There will also be a Keynote address from a special guest who is shaking up the sneaker world and at the forefront of Sneaker Law.