May 29, 2013
Taylor Bloom, '13, has always been a big sports fan, but when she entered law school she decided to make sports her business.
Growing up in La Jolla, Bloom was a huge San Diego Chargers and San Diego Padres fan. She became interested in the behind-the-scenes sports worlds while majoring in political science and technology management at UC Santa Barbara.
As a first-year student at McGeorge, Bloom joined the Sports Lawyers Association, a group that dates back to the 1970s when sports agents were anathema to sports owners who held complete control over players in numerous sports. She was not content to be just a dues-paying member. She joined committees for association events and won the trust of executive committee members with her enthusiasm and diligence.
In the fall semester of her final year in law school, she drew on her connections in the organization to run sports business forums at three law schools — Santa Clara, UC Berkeley and McGeorge.
This past spring, Bloom went one step further. She put together a conference at Stanford Law School where a who's who of sports counsels discussed their specialization in IP and sports law, as well as the legal impact of digital media, global rights and broadcasting deals. The corporate counsel for Google/YouTube gave the keynote address, and Bloom served as moderator for a panel that included general counsel and senior attorneys for the Oakland Athletics, San Francisco 49ers, San Jose Sharks and Pac-12 Conference.
"Taylor's accomplishments are extraordinary," said Professor Mike Mireles, who teaches several of McGeorge's intellectual property courses. "She was one of the student leaders behind our IP Week. She must have really impressed the Sports Lawyers Association to so quickly gain a leadership role in their organization."
Bloom, who earned a Certificate in Advocacy along with her JD in May, hopes to represent professional sports teams in IP litigation after studying for the bar exam.