Michael J. Cozzillio
Professor Emeritus

B.A., University of Delaware
J.D., The Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America 

Phone: 717.541.3914

Michael J. Cozzillio is an Emeritus Professor of Law at Widener's Harrisburg campus. Professor Cozzillio received a B.A. from University of Delaware in 1970, and a J.D. from The Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America in 1973, where he was Associate Editor of Catholic University Law Review.

Following graduation from law school, Professor Cozzillio served as Associate Attorney for Venable, Baetjer & Howard in Baltimore from 1973-75; Associate for Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld in the District of Columbia from 1975-79; Partner at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld from 1979-84.

Professor Cozzillio served as Assistant Professor of Law at Catholic University from 1984-90, and joined the faculty at Widener as Associate Professor of Law in 1990. He served as Associate Professor from 1990 until 1999, and as Professor of Law since July 1999. Finally, he served as Visiting Professor at Notre Dame Law School in the fall of 2006.

Professor Cozzillio is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia, and he teaches and writes in the areas of Sports Law, Administrative Law, Contracts, Labor Law, and Race, Gender & Sports. He was named Outstanding Faculty Member at Widener University School of Law in 1993, 1999 along with Professor James Diehm, and 2008. He also was a recipient of the Douglas E. Ray Excellence in Faculty Scholarship Award (2006).

Professor Cozzillio has been active in a number of professional and civic organizations, including many sections of the American Bar Association.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Book Review, From the Land of Bondage: The Greening of Major League Baseball Players and the Major League Baseball Player Association, 41 Cath. U. L. Rev. 117 (1991) (reviewing Marvin Miller, A Whole Different Ball Game, the Sport and Business Of Baseball (1991)).
  • The Option Contract: Irrevocable Not Irrejectable, 39 Cath. U. L. Rev. 491 (1990).¬†
  • & Michael R. Dimino, Mark S. Levinstein & Gabe Feldman, Sports Law: Cases and Materials (Carolina Academic Press 2d ed. 2007)
  • & Robert L. Hayman, Jr., Sports And Inequality (Carolina Academic Press 2005).