Howard Soifer Memorial Lecture Series in Sports and Entertainment Law
Friday, February 17, 2017, Noon
WMU-Cooley Tampa Bay Campus
9445 Camden Field Parkway
WMU-Cooley Law School, Honorary Chairs, and the Committee of Judges and Lawyers invite you to attend the 11th Annual Howard Soifer Memorial Lecture in Sports & Entertainment Law. Howard was passionate about the law, sports, and his family. In addition, he was grateful for his legal education and proud to be a 1977 graduate of WMU-Cooley. The Soifer Committee feels strongly that the event is a meaningful way to honor Howard’s memory and to endow the lecture series for perpetuity.
HEISMAN TROPHY WINNER. NBA BASKETBALL PLAYER. DAVEY O’BRIEN WINNER. MLB DRAFTEE.
Mr. Ward is a retired American professional NBA basketball player, college football Heisman Trophy winner, Davey O’Brien Award winner and a Major League Baseball draftee. Ward was one of the very few players who won a Heisman trophy but was not drafted in the NFL draft. He was a FSU Seminole College football champ and inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
Mr. DuBose is a lawyer and shareholder in the Matthews Eastmoore law firm. He was a member of the 1989 Duke football team that won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship. He is the President of the Sarasota Bar. He is involved in many areas of practice, and has a unique perspective on sports, sports agency, and the law.
Howard Soifer (1949-2003)
Howard Soifer was born in the Bronx and moved to Monsey, New York in 1963. Following graduation from the Spring Valley High School Class of 1967, he attended the University of Toledo for two years and received his undergraduate degree from Long Island University in Brooklyn. Soifer was a proud 1977 graduate of Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. He was an accomplished lawyer, and a shareholder in the firm of Loomis, Ewert, Parsley, Davis & Gotting, P.C., until the time of his death on January 29, 2003 at the age of 53. He began his legal career as an Assistant Ingham County Prosecutor. After entering private practice, he specialized in litigation, zoning, and employment law. He frequently lectured at Cooley Law School and coauthored an article published in the Thomas M. Cooley Journal of Practical Clinical Law regarding the 1998-99 NBA lockout. More than anything, Howard loved sports. Throughout his life, he was an avid New York Yankees fan, and during his 29 years in East Lansing, Michigan, he became a loyal Michigan State University Spartan. Later in his career, Howard’s passion for basketball, baseball, and football led him to represent several prominent professional athletes. He was proud to have negotiated a $2.5 million donation to Michigan State University by Steve Smith, NBA Champion, MSU All-Star, client, and close friend, which was and remains the largest gift from a professional athlete to his alma mater. Howard was a devoted husband and best friend to his wife of more than 30 years, Sandy Kirsch Soifer. He was very proud of his two daughters, Marci and Halie. Marci lives and works in New York City. She is the national operations and programs director for the Foundation For Jewish Camp. Halie works in Washington DC. She is a Senior Policy Advisor to UN Ambassador Samantha Power. Halie and her husband, Andrew Kauders, have three sons, Henri, Max and Elias. What a proud Grandfather Howard would have been! All who were part of Howard’s life will remember him for his great sense of humor and his extreme loyalty, integrity, and strength. His dedication to his family and his profession and his passion and love for life will never be forgotten. He considered every moment of every day as a new and exciting chapter in the great story of life.