Han Gil Lee
Han Gil Lee left his family and his native South Korea at the age of 15 to attend high school in the United States and learn English. He initially struggled to overcome linguistic and cultural challenges, but he ultimately found a refuge on his high school baseball team. For Han, baseball became a transcendent experience, breaking down barriers he once thought insurmountable and exposing him to what this new country had to offer.
As Han became increasingly familiar with the United States – and with professional baseball in the United States – he began to notice that many talented Asian players being brought to this country were failing to maximize their potential and sustain success, and through studying their careers, he realized they were often derailed not by the level of play in the United States, but by their failure to adequately transition to living and working as professional athletes in America. Han conceived of GSI to assist leagues, teams, and individual athletes in crafting solutions to the challenges faced when an athlete leaves his or her home country to play in the United States.
Han received his Dual Degree in International Relations and General Management from James Madison College & Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University, where he completed Specializations in Asian Studies and International Business. Han received his J.D. from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, and has worked and studied in Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul.
He is fluent in both English and Korean, and he has working knowledge of Mandarin Chinese and Japanese.
N. Jeremi Duru
N. Jeremi Duru is among the nation’s foremost sports law authorities. For years, he has counseled sports industry professionals and entities with respect to employment matters, and in recognition of his work, the National Bar Association honored Jeremi with its 2005 Sports and Entertainment Lawyer of the Year award.
In addition, Jeremi has written extensively in the sports field. He is a co-author of Sports Law and Regulation: Cases and Materials (3rd edition) (Wolters Kluwer) and the author of Advancing the Ball: Race, Reformation, and the Quest for Equal Coaching Opportunity in the NFL (Oxford University Press) as well as numerous articles and book chapters exploring sport in various respects. He has also served as a Legal Analyst and Commentator for Yahoo! Sports’ online magazine, The Post Game, and has provided commentary for numerous media outlets, including BBC, NBC, MSNBC, NPR, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The New York Daily News.
Jeremi has a particular interest in the internationalization of sport and has delivered lectures on the role of sport in society in, among other nations, Japan, Austria, England, and South Africa. It is this interest in facilitating cross-national athletic involvement and understanding that drives Jeremi’s love for and dedication to GSI’s mission.
Jeremi received his B.A. from Brown University, his M.P.P from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Kenneth A. Jacobsen
Mr. Jacobsen is a lawyer and entrepreneur who co-owns successful businesses in the sports and entertainment industries. Mr. Jacobsen’s full background can be found on his website at www.Jacobsenlaw-PA.com.
Among Mr. Jacobsen’s business interests is his partnership in the Wilmington Blue Rocks Professional Baseball Club, a single “A” affiliate of the Kansas City Royals who play in a 6,500 seat stadium in Wilmington, Delaware. The Club, a member of the Carolina League, won the League Championship in 1994, 1996, 1998 and 1999 and has been in the championship series in six years of the franchise’s existence. The performance of the Blue Rocks – both on the field and in the front office – has resulted in numerous national awards for excellence.
Through his law office and sports marketing companies Sports Concepts, Inc. and Jacobsen Sports Advisors, Mr. Jacobsen provides legal advisory and consulting services to professional athletes on promotions, product endorsements, appearances and other marketing activities in the Philadelphia area.
A prolific author of articles and commentary, Mr. Jacobsen also is a frequent lecturer and seminar participant on topics involving sports law, including the Villanova Sports and Entertainment Law Journal Symposium on “Sports Franchise Relocation” and as a guest lecturer in sports law at both Temple Law School and Villanova. Mr. Jacobsen has twice been selected to present academic papers on baseball and American culture at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
Mr. Jacobsen is a 1979 cum laude graduate of the Villanova University School of Law, where he was the Managing Editor of the Villanova Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.