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Marquette University Law School has hit a home run with the latest addition to its faculty: Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. Selig, a Milwaukee native who used to own part of the Brewers franchise, has been lecturing at the law school since 2009 but now has been named an adjunct professor. He is not a lawyer. “Bud Selig is, without question, one of the most skilled and accomplished professionals in the sports industry today,” Marquette law Dean Joseph Kearney said in a written statement. “We are truly honored he would commit his time to our students and grateful that he’s chosen our classrooms as a place to pass down his significant wisdom to the next generation of leaders.” For the past two years, Selig has delivered lectures in the school’s spring professional sports law course, which is offered by its National Sports Law Institute. Selig has served on the institute’s board of advisers since 1989. His daughter, Wendy Selig-Preib, graduated from the law school in 1988. “I have thoroughly enjoyed the lively dialogue with students in the classroom at Marquette Law School over the past several years,” Selig said. “It is very rewarding for me to pass on some of my experiences and hopefully enrich their legal education by discussing sports law and business issues affecting the historical development, structure and operations of Major League Baseball.” Few people have such high-level insider knowledge of professional baseball as Selig. He has held the league’s top management position for 18 years. He oversaw the league’s response to the 1994 strike and is credited with boosting revenue. He also commissioned the so-called Mitchell Report, which examined the use of performance-enhancing drugs in the league. Selig, 76, has said he plans to retire in 2012 when his contract expires.

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