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.
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.
“Janet’s reputation in the industry, particularly with respect to Title IX, is unrivaled and we are delighted that she has joined our team,” said John Hogan, the leader of Holland & Knight’s Litigation Section.
Hogan noted that 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.
The feeling is mutual. Judge told Sports Litigation Alert that “College sports is evolving at a pretty accelerated pace and it’s just a great opportunity to build on some mutual strengths, Holland & Knight is just a perfect fit.”
Further, 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, according to the firm.
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. Judge has been recognized by the Women Leaders in College Sports (formerly NACWAA) and by NACUA for her higher education law practice
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.