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News Posted on June 5, 2014

Professor Horton Comments for ABA Journal on Extreme Sports Liability

Professor David Horton commented for the ABA Journal on questions of legal liability associated with extreme sports such as "Tough Mudder" course racing, where risks to participants are intentional rather than incidental as in most traditional sports.

"The whole point of an obstacle course race is to in fact come up with all these inherent dangers and risks," said Horton. "That makes it very difficult to fit within our existing paradigms. We tend to think of risks as being an unfortunate byproduct of things like traditional sports, but for something like Tough Mudder the risk is the purpose of the event."

Professor Horton joined the King Hall faculty in 2012 to teach in the area of Contracts, Trusts, Wills, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. He earned his law degree at UCLA, where he graduated Order of the Coif in 2004 and served as Chief Articles Editor of the UCLA Law Review.  He then practiced at the law firm of Morrison & Foerster and clerked for the Honorable Ronald M. Whyte of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.  He has also taught as Loyola Law School and UC Berkeley School of Law. 

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