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School of Law

Professor of Law Dionne L. Koller
Director, Center for Sport and the Law
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 510

Administrative Assistant: Laurie Schnitzer
John and Frances Angelos Law Center
Room 1008


J.D., M.A. with honors, George Washington University
B.A., cum laude, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

An Olympic Antidoping Champion
Yuliya Stepanova risked everything to expose Russian cheating, so let her run in Rio.

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Civil Procedure II
Introduction to Lawyering Skills:Civil Procedure I
Sports and the Law

Center for Sport and the Law

Before joining the University of Baltimore Law School faculty, Professor Koller was on the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Law where she taught legal writing, sports law, and created the Academic Achievement Program aimed at helping students maximize their success in law school. Prior to entering law teaching, Professor Koller was an attorney with Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P. in Washington, D.C. specializing in complex commercial litigation. Professor Koller’s scholarly focus is Olympic and amateur sports law and she is a frequent media commentator on issues related to sports and the law. Professor Koller has served as chair and as a member of the Executive Board for the Sports Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools and is a member of the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s Anti-Doping Review Board. Professor Koller is also on the editorial board for the International Sports Law Journal and she provides pro bono representation to Olympic Movement athletes. Professor Koller is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia bars.

Selected Publications

Articles and Essays

The Increasing Role of Disability Issues in U.S. Sports Law, in The Oxford Handbook of American Sports Law (forthcoming 2017)

 Putting Public Law into “Private” Sport, 43 Pepperdine Law Review (forthcoming 2016)

Team Physicians, Sports Medicine, and the Law: An Update, 35 Clinics in Sports Medicine 245 (2016)

Sports, Doping, and the Regulatory “Tipping Point”, 26 Marq. Sports L. Rev.181 (2015)

The Four Stages of Youth Sports TBI Policymaking: Engagement, Enactment, Research, and Reform , 43:1 J.L.Med. & Ethics 87 (2015) (with K. Lowrey and H. Harvey)

The Obese and the Elite: Using Law to Reclaim School Sports, 67 Oklahoma Law Review 383 (2015)

Op-Ed., High School Football: A Dangerous Game, Balt. Sun, Nov. 20, 2013.

Op-Ed., All U.S. Sports Need an Anti-Doping Agency, Balt. Sun, Jan. 20, 2013.

How the Expressive Power of Title IX Dilutes it Promise, 3 Harv. J. Sports & Ent. L. 103 (2012)

Not Just One of the Boys: A Post-Feminist Critique of Title IX's Vision for Gender Equity in Sports, 43 Conn. Law Rev. 401 ( 2010)

Title IX Isn't the Issue, The Baltimore Sun, September 18, 2009

From Medals to Morality: Sportive Nationalism and the Problem of Doping in Sports, 19 Marquette Sports Law Rev. 91 (symposium 2008)

How the United States Government Sacrifices Athletes' Constitutional Rights in the Pursuit of National Prestige, 2008 B.Y.U.L. Rev. 1465 (2008)

Trampling Athletes' Due Process Rights , The Baltimore Sun (March 2007)

Frozen in Time: The State Action Doctrine's Application to Amateur Sports , 82 St.John's Law Rev. 183 (2007)

Does the Constitution Apply to the Actions of the United States Anti-Doping Agency?, 50 St. Louis U. L.J. 91 (Health Law Symposium, 2005)

Articles on Social Science Research Network

Recent Media

Five Ring Fraud: In the wake of Russia's doping scandal, the U.S. can take a much more effective stand in favor of clean sports

'Women's soccer shows how far we've come since Title IX – and what battles remain' published on The Conversation

'Don't Go Easy on Maria Sharapova' Her case is a big, important indicator for where anti-doping efforts stand.