Sports, Violence and Equality: Current Issues in Title IX Compliance, Featuring Val Ackerman

Val Ackerman

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, prohibiting sex discrimination in federally funded programs, continues to influence the educational landscape. It raises complex compliance issues across the spectrum of the education system—from elementary and secondary districts to major research universities. Sports, Violence and Equality: Current Issues in Title IX Compliance, featuring Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman, brought together regional and national experts to explore Title IX compliance as it impacts sports, violence and broad issues of equality on campus. The conference was co-sponsored by The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance, The Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law and The Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation.

The event took place on Friday, Jan. 29 from 9 a.m-3:45 p.m. in the Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 classroom (Rm 101) at the Law School. This program was approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 5.5 substantive credits.

 

To watch an archived webcast of the event, click here.

 

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Panel 1: 9-10:30 a.m., “The Future of Title IX Equality Compliance”

Ann Juliano, Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
Josh Kershenbaum, Founding Member, Frankel & Kershenbaum
R. Barrett Marshall, Supervising Attorney, Mazzoni Center
Sarah McCarthy '08, Attorney, U.S. Department of Education

 

Break: 10:30-10:45 a.m.

 

Panel 2: 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m., “Gender Equity in Sports: Analysis of Title IX and Effective Compliance Strategies”

Terry L. FromsonManaging Attorney, Women’s Law Project
Timothy J. O’Brien, Partner, Libby O’Brien Kingsley & Champion, LLC
Ellen J. Staurowsky, Professor of Sport Management, Drexel University Center for Hospitality and Sport Management

 

Lunch: 12:15-1 p.m.

 

Featured Speaker: 1-1:45 p.m.

Val Ackerman, Commissioner, Big East Conference

 

Break: 1:45-2 p.m.

 

Panel 3: 2-3:45 p.m., “Sex Assault, Harassment and Gender-Based Violence”

Michelle J. Anderson, Dean, CUNY School of Law
Nancy Cantalupo, Assistant Professor of Law, Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
Joseph Cohen, Legislative and Policy Director, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)
Christine Wechsler Rayer, Attorney, Elliott Greenleaf

 

 

Michelle J. Anderson, Dean, CUNY School of Law

Michelle J. Anderson has been Dean of the CUNY School of Law since 2006. She is a leading scholar on rape law, and her articles have been published in the Boston University Law Review, George Washington Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, Rutgers Law Review, Southern California Law Review, and University of Illinois Law Review, among others. Her article redefining what rape should be legally was selected as the core text on rape law in Criminal Law Conversations, published by Oxford University Press in 2009. Anderson is a 1989 honors graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she earned the Chancellor's Award for outstanding academic achievement. She graduated from Yale Law School in 1994, where she was Notes Editor of the Yale Law Journal. At Yale, she received research fellowships from the Orville H. Schell Center for International Human Rights and the Ford Foundation in Public International Law.

 

Nancy Cantalupo, Assistant Professor of Law, Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law

Professor Nancy Chi Cantalupo joined Barry University School of Law as an Assistant Professor in 2015. Her scholarship focuses on the use of law to combat discriminatory violence, particularly gender-based violence. She is a nationally-recognized expert on gender-based violence in education, and her scholarship draws from her 20 years of anti-campus sexual violence work as a researcher, campus administrator, victims’ advocate, attorney and policymaker. This work included consultations with the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, participation on a U.S. Senate roundtable and testimony before the Maryland and Virginia state legislatures. Cantalupo was also selected by the U.S. Department of Education to serve as a Primary Negotiator on the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee that was charged with implementing amendments to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act made by the 2013 Violence Against Women Act.

 

Joseph Cohen, Legislative and Policy Director, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)

Joe Cohn, FIRE’s Legislative and Policy Director, is a 2004 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Fels Institute of Government Administration, where he earned his JD and Masters in Government Administration. Cohn joined FIRE in 2012, having demonstrated a career-long dedication to advancing the cause of civil liberties. He has served as a staff attorney at the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, a staff attorney for the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, an adjunct professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and as the interim legal director for ACLU affiliates in Nevada and Utah. Now Joe leads FIRE’s efforts to defend and advance the cause of students rights through legislative advocacy.

 

Terry L. Fromson, Managing Attorney, Women’s Law Project

Terry’s entire legal career has been devoted to public interest law. Terry is responsible for overseeing all of the WLP’s legal work and engages in impact litigation and policy initiatives. She has worked extensively at the local, state and national levels on a wide variety of issues. She has brought litigation seeking redress for sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination and inequities in athletic programs. Primary among her policy advocacy initiatives are efforts to achieve equal access to insurance, legal protection for battered women in the welfare system, improved and coordinated response to domestic violence and sexual assault in Philadelphia, and access to justice for pro se litigants in Philadelphia Family Court. Terry received her law degree from NYU and has been on the staff of the WLP since 1994.

 

Ann Juliano, Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Ann Juliano joined the Law School faculty in 1998, and er teaching and research interests are in the fields of Indian Law and Civil Rights. She received her law degree cum laude from Cornell Law School. While at Cornell, she was Editor-in-Chief of the Cornell Law Review. Following law school, she was a law clerk to the Honorable Stephanie K. Seymour of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and later to the Honorable Raymond J. Pettine of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. Professor Juliano then joined the United States Department of Justice, Environmental and Natural Resources Division, where she worked as a trial attorney in the Indian Resources Section, and later as Special Assistant to Assistant Attorney General Lois J. Schiffer. In April 1997, she received a Special Commendation for Outstanding Service from the Department of Justice.

 

Josh Kershenbaum, Founding Member, Frankel & Kershenbaum

A determined advocate for children and their families, Josh Kershenbaum brings a unique combination of passion, intellect and experience to his comprehensive education- and family-focused practice. Josh’s clients benefit not only from his extensive litigation experience, but from the valuable perspective and knowledge he gained in his previous career as a teacher in a public elementary school. Today, Josh represents children and families in matters ranging from special education law, school discipline and truancy, bullying and discrimination, child-centered personal injury, special needs estate planning and the Constitutional rights of students.  He also represents college and graduate students in disputes with institutions of higher education. 

 

R. Barrett Marshall, Supervising Attorney, Mazzoni Center

Barrett Marshall is the supervising attorney at Mazzoni Center Legal Services and provides direct services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community members. Barrett focuses their practice on issues related to transgender people, family law and insurance matters.  A graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law, Barrett has worked primarily in direct services focusing on low-income, LGBT and youth populations. In addition to overseeing the legal clinic, Barrett also serves as an educator and trainer on LGBT legal issues in Philadelphia and throughout the state.

 

Timothy J. O’Brien, Partner, Libby O’Brien Kingsley & Champion, LLC

Timothy J. O’Brien has over 25 years of litigation experience. As a former prosecutor and in the course of his work in civil litigation, he has tried numerous cases before judges and juries. His practice focuses on the many issues confronting businesses and individuals in today’s litigious society including employment, information security and collegiate sports law issues. O’Brien also advises universities and conferences on topics including Title IX, NCAA rules compliance, eligibility, coaches’ compensation, pay equity, harassment, hazing and disability discrimination issues. He provides training for institutions and conferences on all sports and employment law subjects. He has participated in and moderated programs for the ABA, the NCAA, athletic conferences and educational institutions on many sports law topics involving athletic departments.

 

Christine Wechsler Rayer, Attorney, Elliott Greenleaf

Christine Wechsler Rayer is an experienced litigator with extensive experience representing and counseling clients on complex criminal, grand jury, civil, statutory and regulatory matters, including supervising a wide range of federal and state investigations. Prior to joining Elliott Greenleaf, Rayer served as the Executive Deputy General Counsel for Criminal Justice and Investigations under Governor Tom Corbett. In this role, she supervised counsel for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education regarding Clery and Title IX compliance and training for the 14 state universities. She also oversaw compliance with legal mandates regarding procurement, analyzed contracts, agency operations, and the business practices of vendors for compliance with Commonwealth integrity provisions and contractual obligations.

 

Christine I. Hepler, A Bibliography of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 35 W. New Eng. L. Rev. 441 (2013)

Bernice Resnick Sandler, Title IX: How We Got it and What a Difference it Made, 55 Clev. St. L. Rev. 473 (2007)

Ellen J. Staurowsky, et al., Revisiting James Madison University: A Case Analysis of Program Restructuring Following So Called “Title IX” Cuts, 6 J. of Intercollegiate Sport 96 (2013).