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Dionne L. Koller

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Professor of Law Director, Center for Sport and the Law
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 718

Administrative Assistant: Katie Rolfes
John and Frances Angelos Law Center
Room 714


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

Prior to entering law teaching, Dean Koller was an attorney with Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P. in Washington, D.C. specializing in complex commercial litigation. Dean 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.  Dean 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.  Dean Koller is also on the editorial board for the INTERNATIONAL SPORTS LAW JOURNAL and she provides pro bono representation to Olympic Movement athletes.  Most recently, Dean Koller has served as part of the advisory group for the Aspen Institute's Project Play: Baltimore inititative.  Dean Koller was awarded the University of Baltimore's President's Faculty Award for outstanding achievement in teaching, scholarship, and community service.  Dean Koller is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia bars.

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

The New Gender Equity in Elite Women's Sport,  in THE HANDBOOK OF THE BUSINESS OF WOMEN'S SPORT (forthcoming 2018)

The Increasing Role of Disability Issues in U.S. Sports Law, in THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF AMERICAN SPORTS LAW(forthcoming 2017)

Articles and Essays

The Legal Significance of Sports Medicine (in progress)

A Twenty-First Century Olympic and Amateur Sports Act 20 VAND.J. ENT. & TECH. L.(forthcoming 2018)

Putting Public Law into "Private" Sport , 43 PEPP.L. REV. 681 (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) (lead article)

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

An Olympic Anti-Doping Champion , THE NEW YORK TIMES, June 16, 2016

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

High School Football: A Dangerous Game, THE BALTIMORE SUN, November 20, 2013

All U.S. Sports Need an Anti-Doping Agency, THE BALTIMORE SUN, January 20, 2013


Title IX's 40th Anniversary: Thinking Beyond the Headlines, FACULTY VOICE, Fall, 2012

It's a Guy Thing at Penn State, and That's a Problem, THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, November 21, 2011