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Attorney Maidie Oliveau has a big job to do at the London Olympic Games—and so far, it’s involved a French modern pentathlon competitor, an Irish boxer, and the Spanish Canoeing Federation. They’ve all appealed cases to the ad hoc division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport. For the ad hoc division’s 12 arbitrators—of whom Oliveau is the only U.S. representative and the sole woman—their mandate is to resolve legal disputes that arise from 10 days before the Opening Ceremonies through the end of the 2012 Games. The three-person panels hear cases involving qualification for the Games, doping issues, and disputes that come up in the field of play. A veteran transactional lawyer who specializes in sports at Arent Fox in Los Angeles, Oliveau was first appointed as an arbitrator in 1997 by the U.S.’s International Olympic Committee member. She has since served as an arbitrator for the Games in Sydney, Salt Lake, Athens, and Tourino, and Salt La. CorpCounsel.com spoke with Oliveau while she was on the ground in London. Below is an edited version of that conversation. CorpCounsel: What happens at Court of Arbitration for Sport ad hoc division hearings?

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