2023 Matthew J. Ryan Law and Public Policy Forum, 03/31

"Title IX: The Past, the Present and the Future"


Friday, March 31
8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Laurence E. Hirsch '71 Classroom (Room 101)
John F. Scarpa Hall

The 50th anniversary of Title IX has been much celebrated over the past year. What have been the successes and failures of the past 50 years? What issues do we face in the present? What challenges in interpreting and enforcing Title IX will arise in the future?

The 2023 Matthew J. Ryan Law and Public Policy Forum will bring together attorneys, experts and government officials to discuss the wide range of matters covered by Title IX, from athletics to STEM, pregnancy to gender identity, and sexual misconduct to due process.

The Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board has approved this symposium for 3 Substantive CLE credits. Please note registration for this event is required. 



8:00-8:30 a.m.: Breakfast & Registration

8:30-8:45 a.m.: Welcome

8:45-9:45 a.m.: The Past

  • Sarah Haake '08, Attorney, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
  • Anna Danziger Halperin, PhD, Associate Director of the Center for Women's History, New York Historical Society
  • Heather Mitts, former U.S. Women's National Team player and 3x Olympic gold medalist, Coach and Speaker
  • Moderators: Doris Brogan, Professor of Law and Harold Reuschlein Leadership Chair, Charles Widger School of Law and Domenica Tomasetti '23

10:00-11:00 a.m.: The Present

  • Terri Boyer, EdD, Assistant Vice Provost of Centers and Institutes; Director of the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women's Leadership; and Associate Professor of Education & Counseling, Villanova University
  • Sarah Dwyer-ShickFounder and Director, The Sports Bra Project
  • Ashley Lynam, Esq. '08 CLAS, '11 CWSL, Chair, Sexual Misconduct Liability Practice Group, Montgomery McCracken
  • Ryan Rost ’96 CLAS, ’98 MS, Title IX Coordinator, Villanova University
  • Moderators: Allison Gotthold '23, Vice-President, Women's Law Caucus and Brianna Sullivan '23, President, Women's Law Caucus

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: The Future

  • Amal Bass, Interim Co-Executive Director, Women's Law Project
  • Alyssa-Rae McGinn, Vice President, Dan Schorr, LLC
  • Emily Rollo '23, Former Swimming Coach, Washington and Lee 
  • Katie Stiffler '23, Former Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Moderator: Ann Juliano, Professor of Law, Charles Widger School of Law


The 2023 Matthew J. Ryan Law and Public Policy Forum has chosen two charities to collect donations for as part of this year’s program.

The Sports Bra Project increases access to sports for women and girls by removing barriers to participation. In addition, the Project provides sports bras to athletes who don't have access to such an essential piece of equipment. We will be accepting donations of new sports bras in all sizes (medium and high impact preferred) and monetary donations to send to the Project.

Girls Who Code is on a mission to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. Girls Who Code has trained over 500,000 girls, women and nonbinary individuals through their in-person programming.