CEO and Founder, The Sports Analytics Club Program, Inc.
Apr 03, 2019
Robert "Dean" Clayton
CEO and Founder, The Sports Analytics Club Program, Inc.

Robert L. Clayton is a Partner with Goldstein & McClintock. He focuses his practice in the areas of labor management relations, employment, sports, education, regulatory compliance and government affairs. He is also Founder and CEO of the Sports Analytics Club Program, created with Professor Ben Shields at MIT Sloan, who is the Faculty Advisor to the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.

The Sports Analytics Club concept is designed principally  to address the under representation of young women and African American and Hispanic youth in advanced STEM studies and STEM relevant careers, through research conducted by high school students related to sports analytics. The Advisory Council is committed to establishing Sports Analytics Clubs at selective high schools in the nation, in partnership with major universities. SMEs in each sport advise the STEM Teacher Advisors and University Partner Advisors on the scoping of the research projects.

Prior to joining Goldstein & McClintock LLLP, Mr. Clayton was a partner with such law firms as Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan, Jackson Lewis and Littler Mendelson. He is a former Associate Dean and Professor at Tulane Law School. Dean Clayton was the co-founder of the Sports Law Program and taught the Amateur Sports Law course, which covered Title IX and NCAA rules compliance. He also taught employment rights and international labor law.

Mr. Clayton was a world ranked middle distance runner by Track & Field News and earned five-time All-Ivy and two-time All-ICAAAA honors in the 600, 1000 and 880. He was Captain of the 1972-73 Track Team at Harvard University and a school record holder in the indoor 880 yard run. He is a graduate of St. Albans School (Washington D.C.). Mr. Clayton was a five-time Washington Post All Metropolitan honoree and the scholastic area record holder in the 880. He is a member of the Board of Directors of The Black Ice Project and the St. Albans Alumni Association and served as an inaugural member of the New Orleans Bowl Committee.

Mr. Clayton is a regular contributor to the University Business, Athletic Business, and Legal Issues in College Athletics and Sports Litigation Alert and has been a contributing editor to The Developing Labor Law. He is frequently quoted in major newspapers across the country, including USA Today, The Baltimore Sun, The Dallas Morning News, and The Times-Picayune, on a wide range of labor and sports law issues. Mr. Clayton is a nationally-recognized lecturer on diversity in higher education and is a frequent speaker at the annual conferences of the American Bar Association, National Bar Association, National Association of College and University Attorneys, National Employment Law Council, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, and Eastern College Athletic Conference.