Sports law expert Janet Judge to visit with Bates athletes and coaches

Collegiate sports attorney Janet P. Judge will speak with Bates College varsity athletes and coaches Sept. 26-27, 2018. 

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates Athletic Department and Student Affairs are sponsoring a visit with Janet P. Judge, one of the best known collegiate sports law attorneys in the United States, on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 26-27, 2018.

Judge will offer a presentation to Bates varsity athletes. She will then present to coaches and staff in the Department of Athletics, followed by a presentation and open discussion with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and varsity team captains.

Judge has been a litigation partner with the law firm of Holland & Knight in Boston since 2017, working with college and university presidents, general counsel and athletic administrators to assess, reduce and remedy areas of risk in athletic programs. For the 10 years prior to that she was the founder and president of Sports Law Associates LLC.

According to a Holland & Knight press release, Judge "has hands-on experience in civil rights litigation and Office for Civil Rights reviews, program and employee investigations, strategic program development, NCAA infractions investigations and resolutions, student athlete eligibility issues, social media education, Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act compliance, contract negotiation, pay equity analysis, Title IX athletic equity and sexual misconduct avoidance compliance. She is well known for working with schools and conferences to develop and implement effective preventative strategies with regard to sexual misconduct, hazing, academic fraud, climate, discipline and employment issues.

"Ms. Judge recently served as an appointed member of the Special Independent Commission on Title IX Resources and Programs for the University of Tennessee and on the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Task Force on College Due Process Rights and Victim Protections. In addition to her law practice, she serves on the NCAA Commission to Combat Campus Sexual Violence, the boards of HazingPrevention.Org and USA Ultimate, and is a coauthor of the NCAA Manual on Gender Equality. She also frequently speaks about current sports and sexual misconduct issues at national higher education conferences and has authored several articles on collegiate compliance. Currently, she is an online instructor for the National Association of College and University Attorneys' (NACUA) popular Title IX coordinator course.

"Ms. Judge has been recognized by the Women Leaders in College Sports (formerly NACWAA) and by NACUA for her higher education law practice and has been included in Best Lawyers in America since 2007 for her intercollegiate sports law and general employment work. In 2017, she received the Shape America's Guiding Woman in Sport award in recognition of her extraordinary service and leadership in female sports.

"Ms. Judge received a J.D. degree from Boston University School of Law and an A.B. degree in government from Harvard University. She clerked for the Honorable Norman H. Stahl, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit."