Janet Judge Delivers Powerful Message to UPB Student-Athletes

Janet Judge Delivers Powerful Message to UPB Student-Athletes

Turning the cardboard from your case of beer into a stylish new hat may get you more likes on Facebook, or maybe some new Twitter followers. What it won’t get you is a job.

Just ask, Janet Judge, a highly sought-after speaker who delivered a presentation to Pitt-Bradford student-athletes on social media, Title IX, and numerous other issues facing student-athletes all across the country, Wednesday night in the University Room.

“I am incredibly grateful to Janet for delivering such a powerful presentation on some of the most important issues plaguing student-athletes across the country,” said Pitt-Bradford Interim Director of Athletics Bret Butler. “She truly understands both the positive and negative effects of social media. Her delivery made them crystal clear for our student athletes.”

Judge covered numerous topics, including privacy protection, student-athlete responsibility, accountability, hazing and harassment in the world of collegiate athletics. She also provided student-athletes with countless advice and tips on how to create a positive brand for themselves through social network sites.

“I really enjoyed her presentation,” said Pitt-Bradford softball player Taylor Collins. “She took an incredibly serious topic and made it fun and relatable for us student athletes.”

Judge currently serves as the president of Sports Law Associates LLC, a full-service intercollegiate sports law firm, where she concentrates her practice on sexual harassment, including sexual violence prevention, intercollegiate sports and employment law counseling.

In addition to her law practice, she has conducted workshops at more than 500 NCAA Division I, II & III institutions, athletics conferences and sport coaches' associations. Her sessions with student-athletes focus on leadership, sports ethics, branding, social networking, alcohol, hazing and discrimination, and sexual harassment and sexual assault. Staff presentations explore recent developments in sports law, identifying areas of risk and implementing best practices. 

She is the co-author of the NCAA Manual on Gender Equity and is one of three instructors teaching the popular National Association of College and University Attorneys online Title IX coordinator course. She was honored by NACUA in 2014 for her higher education law practice, is included in the Best Lawyers in America in the areas of sports and employment law and has been named a Super Lawyer for her intercollegiate sports law work.

Judge was also a three-sport athlete at Harvard. She also coached soccer and basketball while attending law school at Boston University.