Law and Ethics Advisory Panel

We have formed a Law and Ethics Advisory Panel (“LEAP”) to advise our work as part of the Law and Ethics Initiative of the Football Players Health Study at Harvard University.  The LEAP draws on scholarship and expertise across law, ethics, higher education, and professional football.  Members will assist in the direction and execution of this Initiative by providing advice on the execution of planned projects; proposing additional priority law and ethics projects; providing input on draft reports, findings, recommendations, and other project output; facilitating connections to appropriate stakeholders and other experts; and serving as consultants when questions arise.

LEAP Members:

Nita Farahany, JD, MA, PhD

Professor, Duke University School of Law

Nita A. Farahany is a Professor of Law & Philosophy at Duke Law School, the Director of Duke Science & Society, and the Faculty Director of the Duke MA in Bioethics and Science Policy. In 2010, she was appointed by President Obama to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, and continues to serve as a member. She is a widely published scholar on the ethical, legal, and social implications of the biosciences and emerging technologies, and a frequent commentator for national media and radio shows. Farahany is an elected member of the American Law Institute, a Board member of both the International Neuroethics Society and the Center for Responsible Brainwave Technologies, a member of the Law and Ethics Advisory Panel (“LEAP”) as part of the Football Players Health Study ("FPHS") at Harvard University, a co-editor-in-chief and co-founder of the Journal of Law and the Biosciences, and an editorial board member of the American Journal of Bioethics (Neuroscience). She is the recipient of the 2013 Paul M. Bator award given annually to an outstanding legal academic under 40. Farahany holds an AB (Genetics) from Dartmouth College, and an ALM (Biology) from Harvard University, and a JD, MA, and Ph.D. (Philosophy) from Duke University.


Joseph J. Fins, MD, MACP

Weill Cornell Medical College

Joseph J. Fins is The E. William Davis, Jr. M.D. Professor of Medical Ethics and Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College where he also serves as Professor of Medicine (with Tenure), Professor of Public Health and Professor of Medicine in Psychiatry. Dr. Fins is also an Attending Physician and the Director of Medical Ethics at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center and on the Adjunct Faculty of Rockefeller University where he is a Senior Attending Physician at The Rockefeller University Hospital.


Ashley Foxworth, JD, MA

Attorney, Student, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Ashley Foxworth is a graduate of Harvard Law School, a current student at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education in its Education Policy and Management program, and the wife of former NFL player Domonique Foxworth. Mr. Foxworth played in the NFL from 2005 through 2011 and was President of the National Football League Players Association from 2012 until 2014.


Walter Jones

Retired NFL Player and Hall of Famer

Walter Jones is a former NFL offensive lineman and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Mr. Jones played college football at Florida State University before being chosen as the sixth overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. During his thirteen-year NFL career, Mr. Jones was named to the Pro Bowl nine times, a First Team All-Pro six times and participated in the 2005 Super Bowl.


Isaiah Kacyvenski, MBA 

MC10 Inc. and Retired NFL Player

Mr. Kacyvenski attended Harvard University where was he was a three time first-team All-Ivy League player. Mr. Kacyvenski was drafted in the fourth round in the 2000 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks, the highest draft pick in Harvard history. Mr. Kacyvenski played eight seasons in the NFL with the Seahawks, St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders, as linebacker. After retiring from the NFL, Mr. Kacyvenski earned his MBA rom Harvard Business School in 2011 and is currently the Head of the Sports & Fitness Segment of MC10 Inc.  


Bernard Lo, MD 

President, Greenwall Foundation

Bernard Lo is President of the Greenwall Foundation in New York, whose mission is to support bioethics research and young scholars in bioethics, and Professor of Medicine Emeritus and Director of the Program in Medical Ethics Emeritus at the University of California, San Francisco (“UCSF”). Dr. Lo has published nearly 200 peer-reviewed articles on ethical issues concerning decision-making near the end-of-life, stem cell research, oversight of human participants research, the doctor-patient relationship, and conflicts of interest. Dr. Lo continues his primary care internal medicine practice at UCSF.


Chris Ogbonnaya, BA, BS 

Running Back, Cleveland Browns

Chris Ogbonnaya is currently a running back for the Cleveland Browns. Mr. Ogbonnaya attended the University of Texas and was drafted in 2009 by the St. Louis Rams. Mr. Ogbonnaya also played for the Houston Texans during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Mr. Ogbonnaya received a B.A. in History from Texas and is near completion of a B.S. in Corporate Communications.


Dick Vermeil, MA

Retired NFL Coach

Dick Vermeil is a retired college and NFL coach. He has 29 years of coaching experience, including fifteen as an NFL head coach. Coach Vermeil coached the Philadelphia Eagles from 1976-82, the St. Louis Rams from 1997-99 and the Kansas City Chiefs from 2001-05. During his NFL head coaching career, Coach Vermeil amassed a record of 126-114, was named Coach of the Year on multiple occasions by various publications, led his team to the Super Bowl twice and won Super Bowl XXXIV as the coach of the Rams in 1999. Since retiring, Coach Vermeil has focused his time on his winery in Napa, California, Vermeil Wines, and various charitable causes.