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Attorney speaking on Title IX

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Photo of Janet Judge, sports law attorney

Janet Judge, a national expert on gender equity in intercollegiate athletics, will speak Dec. 9 in Atwood Memorial Center.

A national expert on Title IX and gender-equity compliance in NCAA athletics is speaking 1 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Voyageur’s South room of Atwood Memorial Center.

Janet P. Judge is the co-author of "Gender Equity in Intercollegiate Athletics: A Practical Guide for Colleges and Universities" (PDF), a manual published earlier this year by the NCAA, the organization that governs most intercollegiate athletics in America.

Title IX is the 1972 federal anti-discrimination law whose greatest impact has been to improve gender equity in high school and collegiate athletics.

The statute's key phrase reads: "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."

Judge comes to St. Cloud State in the wake of campus-community discussion about which Husky Athletics programs would be cut to help trim $14 million from the university's budget.

The discussion included competing assertions about which women's sports could be dropped.

Program cuts were averted in mid-November when students voted to dedicate a tuition-fee increase to Husky Athletics through 2014.

A sports law attorney, Judge is president of Sports Law Associates, LLC., Cumberland, Maine.

She was a youth athlete who braved the early days of Title IX implementation. She was a collegiate soccer player and collegiate coach.

View a NCAA video clip in which she talks about how Title IX has affected her personal and professional lives.

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