Jackson Walker partner and member of the International Rugby Board Council Bob Latham
was a part of the induction ceremony of the gold medal-winning 1920 and 1924 U.S. Olympic rugby teams into the International Rugby Board (IRB) Hall of Fame.
As a part of the induction ceremony, Mr. Latham presented the IRB Hall of Fame ceremonial cap to Mike Strain, Director of the Olympic Club of San Francisco, and John Compaglia, President of the Northern California Rugby Union.
"This is a wonderful occasion for USA Rugby. We are deeply appreciative of the IRB's action in inducting those gold medal-winning United States teams into the IRB Hall of Fame, an honor the players on those teams deserve and of which their families can be proud," Mr. Latham said.
Read the IRB's full press release here.
Since retiring as a rugby player, Mr. Latham has demonstrated tireless dedication to advancing the sport. In addition to being a member of the IRB Executive Committee
, he is also the past Chairman and current Vice Chairman of the United States of America Rugby Football Union and is President of the North America Caribbean Rugby Association. He has played an important role in the effort to see rugby once again recognized as an Olympic sport. Mr. Latham served as a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Olympic Committee from 2000-2004 and remains a member of the USOC General Assembly. In 2009, the International Olympic Committee voted to include rugby in the program for the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games. The inclusion of rugby sevens, a variation of the game, in the 2016 Summer Olympics will mark the first time the sport has been played in the Olympics since 1924.
Mr. Latham's practice at Jackson Walker includes intellectual property litigation, commercial litigation, and media law.