BOSTON (July 20, 2017) – Janet P. Judge, one of the best known collegiate sports law attorneys in the United States, has joined Holland & Knight as a litigation partner in the firm’s Boston office. Ms. Judge works with college and university presidents, general counsel and athletic administrators to assess, reduce and remedy areas of risk in athletic programs. For the past 10 years, she has been the founder and president of Sports Law Associates LLC, which U.S. News & World Report ranked as a top-nine national tier-one sports law firm for 2017.
“With more than 30 years of experience in higher education and intercollegiate sports, Janet brings a wealth of knowledge to her work in the constantly evolving landscape of college and university compliance,” said John Hogan, the leader of Holland & Knight’s Litigation Section. “Janet’s reputation in the industry, particularly with respect to Title IX, is unrivaled and we are delighted that she has joined our team.”
“Although I have enjoyed great success at Sports Law Associates, I believe I can provide my clients an even higher level of service at Holland & Knight given the depth and breadth of the firm’s resources,” said Ms. Judge. “Throughout my career, I have valued the role sports plays in the education process, so I am especially excited about joining a firm with one of the largest education practices in the country.”
Ms. 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.
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