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Kelli Rodriguez

Director of Graduate Studies and Sports Law Program

 Sullivan Hall 209L


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  • Business Law
  • Sport Law
  • Arts & Entertainment Law


  • BS, California University of Pennsylvania, Sport Management-Wellness & Fitness, Summa Cum Laude, 2011
  • MSAL, Seattle University, 2014
  • JD, Seattle University School of Law, Cum Laude, 2014


Kelli Rodriguez is the Director of Master of Legal Studies (MLS) and Sports Law Program at Seattle University School of Law. Kelli teaches sports law, and she has taught many courses throughout the Seattle University community, including business law, sport management and organizational structures, ethical and leadership considerations in sport, and legal issues in arts and entertainment management. Her research interests include the student-athlete experience, NCAA compliance, collective bargaining and employment considerations, and she has published on topics including Title IX, NCAA eligibility, and the use of cannabinoids in sport medicine.

Ms. Rodriguez is Chicana and a first-generation college student and law student. She earned her Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law, her Master of Sports Administration and Leadership from Seattle University, and her Bachelor of Science in Sport Management from California University of Pennsylvania. Kelli uses she/her pronouns.



  • If You Build It, “They/Them” Will Come: The Misgendering of Transgender Nonbinary Athletes Is Discrimination on the Basis of Sex, 31 Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport 312 (2021)
  • A Commitment to the Whole Athlete: Embracing the Role of Cannabinoids in Collegiate Athletics, 43 Seattle University Law Review 921 (2020)
  • National Collegiate Sports Counseling Center: Providing Student-Athletes with Comprehensive Advocacy Throughout Their Collegiate Career, 12 Seattle Journal for Social Justice, 1128 (2014)
  • Signaling Eligibility: Evaluating the Messaging of NCAA Eligibility Requirements to Prospective Student-Athletes, presented at North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Conference 2014


  • Compensation of Student-Athletes threatens Women's Collegiate Sports Altogether, Women in Sports, editor Maylon Hanold (ABC-CLIO 2018)