I'm Kevin Trahan, a law student at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin and a former journalist. I will begin my first year of law school in August 2017, and I plan to specialize in civil rights.
As a journalist, I mostly wrote about college sports and the larger issues surrounding the industry, including the NCAA, lawsuits, concussion safety issues and athlete exploitation. I can mostly be found at VICE Sports, but I have also been published by SB Nation, USA Today, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Comeback, Awful Announcing and more. I also co-authored an article for The Antitrust Bulletin on the NCAA's erroneous defenses of amateurism.
I have been a strong voice in this era of change in college athletics, covering the unionization movement of Northwestern football players and the landmark O'Bannon v. NCAA lawsuit. I have been featured on radio and television programs as an expert on these cases, as well as the continued fight for athletes' rights. I have done long investigations into the NFL's promoted "Heads Up" program, colleges ignoring Title IX, unaccredited schools starting college basketball programs to raise money and Northwestern University's effort to remove a player from its basketball team.
Beyond my journalism career, I have been involved in advocacy with the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago and the National College Players Association. I am interested in immigrant rights, voting rights, international human rights, housing discrimination and discriminatory policy. Please see my work above and reach out to me if you have any questions about my work.