MEET THE TEAM
Meet the Editors
Janie Pierson, 2024
Editor In Chief
Janie is a 3L originally from Denver, CO. She first headed east to Marist College where she earned a degree in Sports Communication. She spent the next six years working in Division I athletic departments at Villanova University, Marist College, and Rutgers University, and earned a M.A. in Integrated Marketing along the way. Her work experience included roles in marketing and game presentation, ticketing, business operations, and team operations. After law school, she hopes to work in-house within the sports industry. Away from the website and school, you can catch her cheering on the Colorado Avalanche.
Katie Braile, 2025
Deputy Editor in Chief
Katie Braile is a 2L at Villanova University from Long Island, New York. She graduated magna cum laude from Belmont University in 2019, where she received a B.B.A. in Music Business. Prior to attending law school, Katie worked in the entertainment industry, gaining experience in marketing, public relations, intellectual property, and talent management. She is passionate about gender issues in sports and hopes to utilize her background in intellectual property to help female athletes capitalize on their NIL. After law school, Katie aspires to work in-house at an agency and help grow the market for women’s sports.
Kyle Winquist, 2024
Kyle is a 3L and first-generation law student from Medina, Ohio just outside of Cleveland. He graduated magna cum laude from Marshall University in May of 2021 with a major in sports management (concentration in agency) as well as a minor in communications. In addition, he was a member of the 2021 Division 1 National Champion Men's Soccer program and exhausted his final year of eligibility with the Villanova Men's Soccer program during his 1L year. After law school, Kyle hopes to work within player representation on either end of the table (athlete or team) specifically in regard to contract negotiation, marketing, sponsorship acquisition and financial decisions.
Sydney Baxter, 2024
Sydney is a 3L here at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law from Hanover, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Albright College with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in legal studies. While there, she was a member and captain of the field hockey team, a public relations chair for the Sigma Kappa sorority, and a representative for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee for the Middle Atlantic Conference. Sydney has coached field hockey throughout her undergraduate career while also working as a barista and part-time baker. After law school, Sydney hopes to use her legal education and experiences as an athlete to continue supporting women in sports.
Madeline Maday, 2025
Madeline is a 2L at Villanova Law from Clarkston, Michigan. She graduated from Emory University with a major in Political Science and a minor in Sociology while competing on Emory's softball team. During Madeline’s career, the team won three United Athletic Association conference championships with two NCAA National Championship appearances, including a National Runner-Up finish in 2019. After undergrad, Madeline served as the head varsity softball coach at Detroit Country Day High School and as a private pitching instructor. After law school, Madeline hopes to pursue a legal career in NCAA collegiate athletics where she can continue her passion for student-athlete advocacy.
Zack Slogoff, 2025
Zack is a 2L at the Charles Widger School of Law from Lower Merion, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Miami in 2022 with a B.A. in Political Science and a Minor in Communications Studies. Zack played varsity basketball at Lower Merion High School, the late Kobe Bryant's alma matter, where he was coached by Greg Downer. He spent two summers in college interning at Dilworth & Paxson LLP where he gained experience in the corporate law world, and he hopes to combine his love of athletics with his corporate interest in his future legal career. While basketball remains his passion, Zack enjoys and follows all sports and is an enormous Philly sports supporter.
Meet the Staff Writers
Morgan Blunt, 2026
Morgan is a 1L at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and is originally from Charleston, South Carolina. Prior to attending college, she was a competitive dancer for eleven years. While at the University of South Carolina, she was Elections Commissioner for the University of South Carolina Student Government, Co-President of the Pre-Law National Black Law Students Association, Policies and Procedures Chair for the Iota Chi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and Engagement Chair for the Alzheimer’s Association South Carolina Chapter. She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in International Politics and a minor in Spanish. Morgan is an avid sports fan and is passionate about gender and racial issues in sports. After graduating, she hopes to utilize her legal background in assisting athletes in financial decisions, managing media deals, and contract negotiations.
Jacob Goldstein, 2026
Jacob is a 1L at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and is originally from South Florida. In high school, he played four years of basketball and was named varsity captain his senior year. He graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A. in Criminology. During his time there, Jacob partnered with UF Levin College of Law students and served as a Section Representative for the annual Entertainment and Sports Law Society symposium. After graduating, he began working for the Philadelphia Phillies as a ticket services representative and continues to work part-time for the team. Jacob has a deep passion for sports and, thanks to family ties to the area, is a long-time fan of all the major Philadelphia teams. After law school, he hopes to work within the sports industry.
Ryan Magill, 2026
Ryan is a 1L from Long Island, New York. He graduated from Stony Brook University with a B.A. in Journalism and Political Science in 2022, as well as an M.A. in Public Policy in 2023. At Stony Brook, Ryan wrote for the school newspaper’s sports section, worked in the Athletics’ Communication department, and wrote his Political Science Honors Thesis on the historical intersection of athletes participating in activist efforts. After law school, Ryan hopes to pursue a career in contract negotiation for either a professional sports team or an agency.
Christian Novarro, 2025
Christian is a 2L at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Originally from Long Island, New York, he graduated from Villanova University’s School of Business with a B.B.A in Economics and Business Analytics. Christian is a die-hard Baseball and Football fan who would like to combine his business analytical background and legal education to work in either the MLB or NFL.
John O'Reilly, 2026
John is a 1L from Montville, NJ. He attended Stonehill College where he majored in history. While at Stonehill, he was a member of the basketball team. He also worked in the athletic department as a home events assistant at Stonehill. In addition to basketball, he has a passion for golf. After law school, John hopes to combine his passion for sports and the law by working within professional sports.
Sydney Orr, 2024
Sydney is a 3L JD Candidate at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Originally from White Plains, NY, she ran track at Pepperdine University, where she also graduated with B.A. in Sports Administration in 2021. While at Pepperdine, she interned at Wasserman and the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission. Sydney is passionate about the intersection between sports and civil rights. After law school, she hopes to work for a player’s association within one of the four major league sports.
Gabby Painter, 2026
Gabby Painter is a 1L from Spring City, Pennsylvania. She earned her B.A. at Franklin & Marshall College where she double majored in Philosophy and Sociology. While at F&M, she was captain of the Women’s Club Soccer team. Throughout her childhood, Gabby played basketball, soccer, and softball. She has spent summers working as a sports camp coach, helping young girls with their soccer and basketball skills. Gabby is excited to combine her passion for sports with her interest in law. She is a big Philly fan, and her favorite teams are the Eagles and Sixers. After law school, Gabby hopes to work on the team side of player contract negotiations in the NBA.
Juhi Patel, 2026
Juhi Patel is a 1L at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Originally, she was born in Gujarat, India and grew up in Edison, NJ. She graduated from Rutgers University’s School of Environmental and Biological Sciences with a double major in Exercise Science and Sports Studies & Political Science. Growing up, she was a dancer, choreographer, and teacher in Bollywood fusion. Juhi is also an avid fan of hockey and F1 and hopes to one day secure a position as in-house counsel for a professional sports team. While she will always cheer for Philly teams, her true loyalty belongs to the New York Islanders.
Rick Peña, 2024
Rick is a 3L from Bloomfield, New Jersey. He graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with his B.S. in Finance in 2017 and his MBA in 2018. While at FDU, Rick was captain of the soccer team and worked part-time as a retail associate at Nike. After graduate school, he worked as a finance manager in New York City for Venture For America, a nonprofit centered around entrepreneurship. After law school, Rick hopes to combine his knowledge and passion for soccer with his business and law background.
Emma Spisak, 2025
Emma Spisak is a 2L at the Charles Widger School of Law and is originally from Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania. She graduated magna cum laude from Penn State University with a major in public relations and a minor in business. While at Penn State, Emma was a member and 2-year captain of the field hockey team, a 4-time academic all-American, and a Kappa Tau Alpha Honor Society member. Emma is passionate about volunteering within her community and founded a community service board for her team during her time at Penn State. After law school, Emma hopes to use her legal education, athletics experience, and passion for fitness and wellness to advocate for collegiate student-athletes.