Michael L. Buckner, Esquire 



Wednesday, October 18, 2017, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm EDT

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Enhancing Investigations: NCAA Infractions Committees' Evidentiary and Procedural Decisions Review 

Course: “Enhancing Investigations: NCAA Infractions Committees' Evidentiary and Procedural Decisions Review.”

Date and Time of Course: October 18, 2017, 12:00 noon EDT (9:00 am PDT; UTC-4 hours).

Event and Location of Course: Webinar.

Cost: Complimentary.

Time Allowance for Course: 1 hour (60 minutes).

Course Description and Objectives: This webinar will provide guidance to university general counsel, athletics administrators and other higher-education professionals to enhance internal and external investigations of alleged NCAA rules-violations by reviewing the evidentiary and procedural principles, decisions and framework of the NCAA Committees on Infractions and Infractions Appeals Committees. Specifically, presenter Michael Buckner, a higher-education and sports law attorney with significant NCAA infractions hearing experience, will cover the committees’ case-precedent regarding evidentiary issues and procedural standards, including, but not limited to: affidavits; notices of appeal; hearing appearances; clerical errors; conflicts of interest; due and fair process; evidence rules; hearing record; transcripts; inadmissible information; adequate notice; hearing objections; penalties; reliability and credibility of information; right to legal counsel; standard of proof; standing; and witness testimony. Throughout the webinar, Mr. Buckner will offer tips on avoiding investigative, evidentiary and procedural errors during the enforcement process. Using hypotheticals based on real-life events, as well as insight from prior infractions cases, webinar participants will cover:

  • Strategies to address evidentiary issues prior to and during an infractions hearing
  • Best practices to minimize procedural errors during external/internal investigations and enforcement cases.

Course Resources and Materials:

I.             PowerPoint presentation.

II.            Webinar handout.

Course Outline of Activities:

I. Introduction and workshop overview (2 minutes) 

II. Overview of the NCAA enforcement process and infractions hearings (10 minutes)

III. Procedural Decisions of the Infractions Committees (25 minutes) 

  • Notice of inquiries and allegations 
  • Notices of appeal
  • Hearing appearances
  • Clerical errors
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Due and fair process
  • Hearing record
  • Adequate notice
  • Hearing objections
  • Penalties
  • Right to legal counsel
  • Standing
  • Miscellaneous procedural issues and decisions.

IV. Evidentiary Decisions of the Infractions Committees (20 minutes)

  • Affidavits
  • Chain of custody
  • Evidence rules (accuracy, admission, credibility, exculpatory, reliability, new evidence)
  • Interviews and transcripts
  • Standard of proof
  • Witness testimony
  • Miscellaneous evidentiary issues and decisions.

V. Questions & answers and closing (3 minutes)

Presenters (click on the presenter's name for a biography):

Michael L. Buckner, shareholder of Buckner.

Presenter’s Firm: The presenter is employed by Buckner, which is a higher-education and sports law firm. Buckner works with higher education, high school, Olympic, amateur, professional and corporate clients on sports-related legal, compliance, regulatory and administrative issues-which showcases our experience in diverse practice areas: internal investigations; NCAA compliance and investigations; state high school association compliance and investigations; risk management; sports drug testing; sports medicine; sports dispute resolution and arbitration; and corporate governance. Buckner is headquartered in the Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida, area, with a street and mailing address of 7771 West Oakland Park Boulevard, Suite 162, Sunrise, Florida 33351-6749 USA. The firm’s telephone number is +1-954-941-1844; facsimile number is +1-954-941-1846; and e-mail address is The law firm website is located at

Registration Policy: By registering for a Buckner webinar, you agree to the cancellation and transfer procedures. Your registration permits you to access the audio portion of the webinar through one telephone line and the visual portion of the event via an online portal. You are permitted to invite guests from your organization to listen and participate in the event. You also can transfer your registration to another person in your organization.

Cancellation Policy (not applicable for complimentary programs): If a webinar is cancelled at the discretion of Buckner, all webinar registration fees will be refunded. Unfortunately, the law firm cannot provide a refund for cancellation by a registrant. Access to the archived version of a webinar, if recorded, is included in the fee for the live broadcast. We cannot always guarantee that a recording can be created.


Note: The event is free, but your telephone carrier may apply long-distance calling charges.


Telephone: +1-954-941-1844


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