Mercyhurst welcomes super lawyer in sports law, Title IX expert

As part of its ongoing series on Exploring Gender and Relationships, Mercyhurst College and its athletics department welcome Janet Judge, a recognized “super lawyer” in sports law and co-author of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) manual on Title IX, to campus on Sunday and Monday, Oct. 30-31.

Judge will talk about Title IX, the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in educational institutions, during a free, public lecture on Sunday at 4 p. m. in Taylor Little Theatre.

She will also speak to student-athletes and assistant coaches on social media at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Mercyhurst Athletic Center, and address all head coaches Monday at 9 a.m. in Mercyhurst Student Government Chambers.

Judge is president of Sports Law Associates LLC, where she concentrates her practice on intercollegiate sports and employment law counseling. She brings her legal and diverse collegiate athletic experiences to the table when advising and representing colleges and universities on a wide variety of sports-related issues, including strategic program development, NCAA eligibility, Title IX, harassment, hazing, academic fraud and athlete misconduct.

Judge is also a NCAA grant speaker and trainer at Division I, II & III colleges and universities. She has presented at more than 300 institutions on the risks associated with irresponsible use of social networking, drugs and alcohol use and behavior akin to hazing. In 2011, the National Association of Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA) named her Administrator of the Year for Athletic Organizations.

Judge is a nationally recognized expert in the area of Title IX. She is the co-author of the recently released NCAA Manual on Title IX, co-authored the NCAA News bi-weekly column “Gender Equity Q & As,” and is on the editorial board of College Athletics and the Law.

A graduate of Harvard/Radcliffe College, Judge was an eight-time varsity letter winner in soccer, basketball and track & field. After college, she was hired at Harvard as Assistant Director of Athletics and Alumni Relations Office Liaison. She is a graduate of Boston University School of Law and is admitted to practice law in Maine and Massachusetts.
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