Title IX Athletics Attorney
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Here are some representative results we’ve achieved for our clients.
Female complainant’s rights, health, and safety protected throughout lengthy proceedings
Our client was sexually assaulted by a male student acquaintance. We became involved to support our client in getting proper medical treatment, preserving and collecting evidence and witness testimony, and securing therapeutic support. We helped her understand and navigate the many complex options available to her, including a criminal complaint, an informal complaint process, a formal complaint process, or doing nothing. We guided her through the informal process and then the formal process, including interviews with various school and law enforcement officials, and worked closely with the school to put in place appropriate accommodations ensuring that all interviews and hearings did not retraumatize her. The male student was found responsible and was expelled.
Large private university
Witness to sexual violence protected from intimidation
We represented a female witness to a dating violence case on campus who was being pressured to speak with the police and the school investigators about a violent matter she had witnessed on her dorm floor. We immediately communicated on her behalf to the local police, school administrators, and the Title IX investigators to protect her right to choose to not testify and ensure her safety on campus. She was very relieved not to be pressured by the school, the title IX office or the police to attend the hearing and testify about fellow students.
Small private college
Investigation of sexual assault complaint concludes with no charges filed
Our client contacted us immediately upon receiving notice by his school that a claim of sexual assault was made against him by a female student. We assisted him in preparing his detailed answer to the complaint, and then prepared him and accompanied him to his interview with the campus safety police officers. We worked with the school Title IX administrators and helped our client find evidence to show inconsistencies with the complaint. The complainant withdrew her complaint when presented with these inconsistencies and then recanted. The investigation ended and our client was not charged with anything.
Midsized private collegeSee More Case Results
I was introduced to Attorney Duffy by my criminal defense attorney because I was fighting both a criminal charge and a conduct code violations charge. Felice's office responded right away and she and I met by Zoom video. She and her team were respectful, professional and super knowledgeable. They made everything clear and easily understandable. They knew exactly what questions to ask the school officials to get them to focus on the facts that supported my case. I was incredibly well prepared. I knew what I was going to say before I went in to my interviews and how to react to the many questions that would have tripped me up. I got probation, which was definitely the best possible outcome and I couldn’t have gotten that without Attorney Duffy’s help.
“When your kid is accused of a serious conduct code violation at his college, you quickly learn that there’s a whole different set of rules in place than in the real world. There are no legal standards, no assurances of a “fair trial.” You're presumed guilty and you have to backtrack and prove why you’re NOT guilty. We pretty quickly realized that we needed strong legal representation and guidance. Our son was completely falsely accused and we were ready to dig in to clear his name.
Felice's truly unique background and deep experience with navigating the school’s process was amazing. She made it clear that our son was the client, not us (his parents). She worked with him extensively and earned his total trust. He felt empowered that he had the right person in his corner to defend him. Felice gave our whole family a sense a calm and confidence.
Thanks to incredibly hard work by Felice and her team, our son was found “not responsible” (meaning innocent of any wrongdoing). The outcome was everything we could have hoped for.
I have already recommended Felice to a friend who’s son was caught up in a serious, very complicated conduct code charge, and I will continue to recommend her to any student or parent without reservation.”
Parent of a private college senior
“I selected the firm after doing extensive research trying to locate an attorney that specializes in sexual assault cases on university campuses. Late one night I emailed her for a consult just to see what she had to say. By 6:30am the next morning she had already emailed me back leaving her information for me to call her. I was impressed by her promptness and early morning response. Our criminal attorney informed our family that this simply wasn’t his specialty and strongly recommended we hire someone who really understood how university disciplinary systems work.
In our culture, we are not often trusting and it took a huge step of faith to consider someone we didn’t know (much less one from out of state) to defend our son.
Based on her collegiate athletic background I felt that she would have a better understanding of our case as our son is a D1 athlete. Based on that and her professional accomplishments I felt like she was driven and determined and she clearly had the ability to understand the laws associated with Title IX.
Bottom line is that our son was found 100% not responsible (meaning not guilty) of the extremely serious charges that were brought against him by a female student.
Felice Duffy and her team were professional, focused, responsive and did a great job throughout the entire stressful ordeal. When we think about how badly and unfairly our son might have been treated by the school, we truly count our blessings that we found Ms. Duffy.”
Parent of a College Sophomore, OhioSee More Client Testimonials
Colleges We Serve
Here are just some of the schools where we’ve represented students, faculty, coaches, and staff:
- Amherst College
- Arkansas State University
- Bowling Green State University
- Charter Oak State College
- Colgate University
- College of the Holy Cross
- Columbia University
- Connecticut College
- Dartmouth College
- Fairfield University
- Flagler College
- Florida State University
- Guilford College
- Howard University
- Illinois Institute of Technology
- Indiana University
- Lesley University
- Marist College
- Marquette University
- Miami University
- Mississippi University
- Pennsylvania State University
- Plymouth State University
- Quinnipiac University
- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- Sacred Heart University
- South Carolina State University
- St. John's University
- St. Lawrence University
- Syracuse University
- Tallahassee Comm. College
- Touro University
- Trinity College
- Tufts University
- University of Connecticut
- University of Kansas
- University of Mass. Med. School
- University of Miami
- University of Missouri
- University of Northern Colorado
- University of Texas
- University of Virginia
- University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
- Utah University School of Medicine
- Virginia Wesleyan University
- Washington University at St. Louis
- Wesleyan University
- Westfield State University
- Wheaton College
- Yale University
Fighting for equal rights in educational athletics programs across the country
Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, educational institutions that receive funding from the federal government are prohibited from discriminating against students or employees based on their sex. The law covers all aspects of the educational experience—including sports programs. Unfortunately, despite the clear legal requirements of schools to eliminate discrimination between the sexes, such discrimination still persists. Though the opportunities for girls and women to participate in athletics programs have increased since the enactment of Title IX, their overall opportunities remain far from equal to mens’, as females participating in college sports only receive an estimated 28 percent of the school’s total financial output for athletic programs. Many students and coaches are still striving to identify Title IX violations in sports and achieve equal opportunities for all students.
Title IX sports attorney Felice Duffy is passionate about enforcing Title IX provisions to eliminate sex discrimination in educational athletics. If you believe your school is in violation of the law, please call Duffy Law, LLC at 203-946-2000 today for a consultation.
Requirements for schools under Title IX
In regard to athletics, Title IX requires that federally funded educational institutions do the following for you:
- Offer equal opportunities for males and females to play sports;
- Allocate athletic scholarship funds equitably between the sexes; and
- Provide equal benefits and services to athletes of both sexes, including coaching, equipment, facilities, travel, scheduling, training and medical services, recruiting, housing or dining, publicity, and tutoring.
Often, inequalities under Title IX come to light when a school is considering budget cuts. In many cases, schools may wish to keep programs for one sex fully funded while decreasing funds for teams of the other sex. However, budget cuts may violate Title IX if they create inequalities between sexes or exacerbate any existing ones. If funding for programs is equal, disproportionate cuts can create disparity while proportionate cuts can serve to aggravate disparities in already unequally funded programs. In this way, budget cuts often violate Title IX.
Coaches and students can fight for non-discrimination by identifying Title IX violations
If you or your coach believes that your educational institution is violating Title IX, you should discuss the situation with an experienced Title IX lawyer as soon as possible. There is a three-prong legal test used to determine whether your school is in compliance with the requirements of Title IX:
- Are the opportunities for each sex to participate in athletics proportional to the enrollments of each sex at the institution?
- Has the institution demonstrated a history and continuing practice of expanding athletic programs for the underrepresented sex?
- Do the current athletic programs and opportunities fully and effectively accommodate the abilities and interests of the underrepresented sex?
If the answer to any of these questions is “no,” you may likely have a viable legal claim against the institution to increase opportunities for yourself and other members of the underrepresented sex and to decrease sex discrimination in athletic programs.
Contact an experienced Title IX athletics lawyer for a consultation
Duffy Law, LLC is committed to standing up for your equal rights under Title IX. Attorney Felice Duffy is a former All-American athlete and Division I women’s soccer coach who took part in a Title IX action during her education to create opportunities for female soccer players at the University of Connecticut. She understands the importance of Title IX sports cases so that you can have an equal opportunity to participate in sports, so please call 203-946-2000 to discuss your case with Attorney Duffy today.
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