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Title XI Lawyer | Connecticut Criminal Defense Attorney Felice Duffy

A MESSAGE TO ATHLETES AND THOSE INVOLVED IN SPORTS

If you’re an athlete or involved in sports — whether as a coach, administrator, athletic trainer, referee/umpire, equipment manager, or journalist — you understand the mindset and culture that makes playing a sport so uniquely compelling.

Athletes tend to be motivated, competitive, and leaders. And because of these positive characteristics, they’re often held out as role models by their schools, clubs and leagues.

Yet, they also tend to be risk takers. And that, combined with the intense desire to win or beat your previous best; the long hours at the expense of other interests; the injuries and physical pain; and wanting to please coaches, teammates, family, and spectators can make competitive athletics extremely stressful.

Felice Duffy title ix defense attorney poses next to her athletic jersey.

I know this first-hand. And it’s why I am especially passionate about defending the rights of athletes, former athletes, and those whose lives revolve around sports. There’s a certain kind of familiarity and understanding that individuals in athletics recognize in each other. They get it about the importance of teamwork in meeting a tough challenge.

And make no mistake: clients who come to me are facing tough legal challenges, whether having to do with state or federal criminal charges, college or university conduct code violations, or Title IX actions ranging from campus sexual assault to hazing to gender discrimination in athletics.

So the shorthand version of my life in sports is this: I filed an action against UCONN in 1978 under the then-new Title IX statute to compel the creation of a woman’s soccer team. I served as its captain for three years and was named a first-team All American and was selected to be on the very first U.S. National Women’s team. I got a variety of national and international coaching licenses and was the head coach of the Yale Women’s soccer team for 10 years, during which time I earned my Ph.D. in Sports Psychology from UCONN. (You can read more details at the bottom of this page.)

The point is that I get it. The world of competitive athletics is exhilarating, demanding, and stressful. And sometimes the same kind of “go for it” energy that can serve you well in your athletic life can lead to choices and actions off the field that wind up being mistakes (and often costly mistakes).

If you’re an athlete or are involved in sports and you have been charged with any crime or a college disciplinary code violation, whether related to sports or not, you need an attorney who’s not only accomplished in the law, but one who also understands sports culture and will team with you to craft an effective defense that capitalizes on your unique strengths.

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PLAYING EXPERIENCE

• University of Connecticut Women’s Varsity Soccer Team 3 years (club 2 years):

• U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team

• Connecticut and Northeast Regional Soccer Hall of Fame

Additional Playing Experience

COACHING EXPERIENCE

• Head Coach Yale University Women’s Soccer Team

• USISL Professional Women’s Soccer Coach – Mississippi

• Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Yale University- all 33 sports, including football

Additional Soccer Experience

OTHER SPORTS POSITIONS

ATHLETIC LICENSES

• PhD IN EDUCATION/SPORT PSYCHOLOGY

SPORTS-RELATED ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

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