Hazing Prevention

Janet P. Judge

Janet Judge
  • Janet P. Judge

  • Partner – Boston
    T 617.573.5866
    Janet.Judge@hklaw.com

    Related Practices: Education Labor, Employment and Benefits Civil Rights, Discrimination and
    Retaliation

    Janet P. Judge is a higher education and employment law attorney who focuses her practice in the
    area of sports and civil rights law. Based in Boston, she has more than 30 years of experience in
    higher education, intercollegiate sports, and labor and employment law.

    Ms. Judge is well-versed in civil rights compliance matters, Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and
    in-house program reviews, organization, employee and student investigations, strategic program
    development, and NCAA infraction investigations and resolutions. In addition, she has handled
    student-athlete eligibility issues, social media education, Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act
    (EADA) compliance, contract negotiation and pay equity analysis. Ms. Judge also handles
    representation and preventive strategies regarding sexual misconduct, hazing, academic fraud,
    student-athlete discipline and employment issues.

    Ms. Judge is highly knowledgeable on Title IX, and is a frequent speaker and instructor on the
    issue. She recently has served as an appointed member of the University of Tennessee Special
    Independent Commission on Title IX Resources and Programs, and as a member of the American
    Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Task Force on College Due Process Rights and Victim
    Protections. In addition, she currently serves on the NCAA Board of Governors’ Commission to Combat
    Campus Sexual Violence. Ms. Judge has addressed the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics
    on the topic of gender equity in athletics and was hired by the NCAA to draft the successful amicus
    brief for the association in the University of California-Davis case. She is an online instructor
    of the Title IX coordinator course for the National Association of College and University Attorneys
    (NACUA). Ms. Judge also has taught Sports Law at the University of Maine School of Law.

    Ms. Judge has conducted workshops at more than 500 NCAA Division I, II and III institutions,
    athletic conferences and sport coaches’ associations. She has been a speaker before the American
    Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), National Association of College and
    University Business Officers (NACUBO), NCAA, National Association of Collegiate Directors of
    Athletics (NACDA) and NACUA, among others.

    Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Judge was founder and president of Sports Law Associates
    LLC, where she worked with college and university presidents, general counsel and athletic
    administrators to assess, reduce and remedy areas of risk in athletics programs. In 2017, U.S. News
    & World Report ranked Sports Law Associates LLC, among the top-nine sports law firms nationally.

    At Harvard University, Ms. Judge was a three-sport athlete in soccer, basketball, and track and
    field. She coached soccer and basketball at Simmons College in Boston while attending law school.
    Upon graduation, Ms. Judge worked at Harvard in a number of roles, including assistant director of
    athletics with sport oversight and NCAA compliance responsibilities, liaison to the Alumni
    Relations Office, vice-chair of the Department of Athletics Oversight Committee, and as a member of
    Harvard’s NCAA Division I Athletics Certification Steering Committee and the Athletic Director’s
    Advisory Council. Ms. Judge also clerked for the Honorable Norman H. Stahl in the U.S. Court of
    Appeals for the First Circuit and spent 13 years as a labor and employment law litigator.

    Honors & Awards

    The Best Lawyers in America guide, Employment Law – Management, Sports Law, 2006-2017
    Guiding Woman in Sport Award, SHAPE America, 2017
    Administrator of the Year for Athletic Organizations, Women Leaders in College Sports, 2011
    First Decade Award, National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), 2014
    Order of the Coif

    Publications

    Title IX and Athletics, College and University Law Manual, 2012
    NCAA Manual on Gender Equity, National Collegiate Athletic Association, 2010

    Speaking Engagements

    Practical Tips to Navigate (and Hopefully Avoid) a Federal Audit of Your Institution’s Athletic
    Program, National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) Annual Conference,
    Chicago, Ill., 2017
    Sports Discussion Forum, NACUA Annual Conference, Chicago, Ill., 2017
    Title IX at 45: What Every Athletics Business Manager Should Know, College Athletic Business
    Managers Association, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Annual
    Conference, Orlando, Fla., 2017
    Athletics and Title IX: Grappling with the Practical Challenges of Compliance, NACUA Seminar,
    Seattle, Wash., 2017
    Managing Risk in Intercollegiate Sports, Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Seminar,
    Fayetteville and Elizabeth City, N.C., 2017
    Title IX at 45: An Overview of Key Issues Impacting Campuses, NCAA Inclusion Forum, Providence,
    R.I., 2017
    The Power of Autonomy: What the Future Holds, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Sports
    Symposium, NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, Phoenix, Ariz., 2017
    Managing Risk in Intercollegiate Athletics, Great Northeast Athletic Conference Seminar, Anna
    Maria College, Paxton, Mass., 2016
    Athletics: Student Conduct and Other Hot Topics, National Association of College and University
    Attorneys, 2017
    Athletics and Sexual Assault: Education, Prevention, Response and Remediation, American
    Association of State Colleges and Universities Seminar, Georgetown, Md., 2016
    Litigation in Sports, Manage the Risk, Collegiate Sports Summit, Santa Monica, Calif., 2016
    Title IX and Athletics: Participation, Financial Aid and Equal Treatment, NCAA Inclusion Forum, Indianapolis, Ind., 2016
    Role of Title IX Coordinators in Athletic Compliance, New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic
    Conference Seminar, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Mass., 2015
    Recent Developments in the Law of Sexual Harassment, NCAA Inclusion Forum, Orlando, Fla.,
    2014 Title IX: Treatment and Retaliation, NCAA Inclusion Forum, Orlando, Fla., 2014
    Equitable Pay, Performance Evaluations and Staff Treatment, NCAA Convention, Grapevine, Texas, 2013
    Implications of the Freeh Report, Lessons Learned and Implications for Your Campus, Western
    Association of College and University Business Officers (WACUBO) Seminar, Anchorage, Alaska,
    2013

    Memberships

    HazingPrevention.Org, Board Member, 2015-2017
    USA Ultimate, Board Member, 2016-2017
    National Association of College and University Attorneys, 2004-2017
    American Bar Association, Member, 2015-2017
    Boston Bar Association, Member, 1994-2017
    Maine Bar Association, Member, 1994-2017

    Education

    Boston University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
    Harvard University, A.B., Government

    Bar Admissions

    Maine
    Massachusetts

    Court Admissions

    Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
    U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
    Maine Supreme Judicial Court
    U.S. District Court for the District of Maine

     

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