Josephine (Jo) R. Potuto, the Richard H. Larson
Professor of Constitutional Law, has been Nebraska's faculty representative
(FAR) at the NCAA and conference level since May 15, 1997.
For the past four years, Potuto has been president of
the 1A FAR (FARs from FBS institutions). In 2002, she was named Outstanding
Faculty Athletics Representative by the All-American Football Foundation.
Potuto spent nine years (the maximum) on the NCAA
Division I Committee on Infractions (chair her last two years) and currently
substitutes on the Committee when a member cannot serve. She is a past Big 12 Conference
representative on the NCAA Division I Management Council, served on the NCAA
Men's Gymnastics Championship Committee, and currently serves on an NCAA-wide
(all divisions) committee to advise NCAA staff on student-athlete issues.
Potuto is an
expert on NCAA enforcement and infractions processes as well as on the general
NCAA committee structure and has authored several articles on NCAA processes
and operations. She has testified before the House Subcommittee on the
Constitution regarding due process in NCAA infractions hearings and has made
presentations to the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. She also
has lectured on NCAA processes and issues at, among others, the Universities of
Istanbul, Washington, Maryland, and Baltimore.
Potuto is a past adviser to the Uniform Law Commissioners Committee to
draft a sports agent statute, has drafted rules governing search and seizure
and hearings for the Nebraska Racing Commission, and also has written on issues
of gender equity in college athletics.
At Nebraska, Potuto is a member of the academic
senate as well as the senate's intercollegiate athletics committee. She also
served on Nebraska's NCAA site certification steering committee.
Potuto teaches constitutional law, procedural and
criminal law, federal jurisdiction, and sports law. She has been a visiting
professor of law at the University of Arizona, Rutgers University, the Cardozo
College of Law at New York's Yeshiva University, the University of Oregon, the
University of North Carolina, and Seton Hall University. She has worked as an
assistant prosecutor in the Essex and Morris County (N.J.) prosecutor's
Potuto was project director and a drafter of the
Uniform Law Commissioners Sentencing and Corrections Act, as well as the
drafter for the Nebraska Supreme Court Committee to Draft Criminal Jury
Instructions. She is the author of three books and numerous articles. She also
is a member of the American Law Institute.
Potuto earned her bachelor's degree in journalism at
Rutgers' Douglass College; her master's degree in English literature at Seton
Hall; and her juris doctorate at the Rutgers Law College. She is a member of
the bars of Nebraska and New Jersey and is admitted to practice before the U.S.
Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the U.S.
District Courts for Nebraska and New Jersey.