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Media Coverage of Title IX

Christine Corcos | LSU Law

Professor Christine Corcos received a bachelor’s degree in history with high honors from the Honors College, and a master’s degree in history, both from Michigan State University. She received the J.D. from Case Western Reserve Law School, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. She currently teaches in the areas of media law, entertainment law, Internet law, gender and the law, European Union law, and tort law, and researches and writes in the areas of First Amendment law, legal history, and law and popular culture. Professor Corcos is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law. She frequently works with the American Bar Association’s Division for Public Education to educate the public on the meaning and importance of the legal system. She is also a well known academic blogger.

Robert Mann | LSU Manship School of Mass Communication

Professor Robert Mann holds the Manship Chair in Journalism at the Manship School of Mass Communication. Prior to joining the Manship School in 2006, he served as communications director to Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco. He joined the governor’s staff in 2004 after serving 17 years as state director and press secretary to U.S. Senator John Breaux of Louisiana. Before his service on Breaux’s staff, he was press secretary to U.S. Senator Russell Long of Louisiana. He was also press secretary for the 1990 re-election campaign of U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston of Louisiana, and communications director for the 2003 Blanco campaign. In 2015, he was inducted into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame.

In the early 1980s, he covered Louisiana politics as a reporter for the Shreveport Journal and the Monroe News-Star. He has published op-eds and book reviews in numerous publications, including The New York Times, the Boston Globe, Smithsonian, Politico, Vox and Salon. From 2013 to 2018, he wrote a weekly column for the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He is editor of the Media & Public Affairs Book Series, a joint series sponsored by the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs and LSU Press.

The NCAA, Name, Image, and Likeness, and Title IX

Tan Boston | University of Dayton School of Law

Professor Tan Boston rejoined the University of Dayton School of Law in Fall 2021. As a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, she teaches in the Hybrid JD Program. Prior to returning to Dayton Law, Professor Boston taught Property and Sales & Secured Transactions at Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law. She began her career in legal academia in 2015 as Director of LLM & MSL Programs at the University of Dayton.

Professor Boston received her JD from the University of Virginia, where she served on the Editorial Board of the Virginia Journal of Law and Technology. After receiving her JD, Professor Boston’s career included stints in the Governance and General Counsel departments at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Then for nearly a decade, she worked in various roles of increasing responsibility at Wyndham Worldwide, handling matters ranging from privacy and information security to litigation support from an information technology perspective. Her writing interests include antitrust, civil rights, contracts, intellectual property, and sports and entertainment law and her latest article As California Goes, So Goes the Nation: A Title IX Analysis of the Fair Pay to Play Act appears in the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties.  Professor Boston received her B.A. from Florida Atlantic University, J.D. from University of Virginia School of Law and LL.M. from University of Dayton School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in the State of Indiana.

Gabe Feldman | Tulum Law School

Gabe Feldman is the Sher Garner Professor Sports Law and Paul and Abram B. Barron Professor of Law at Tulane Law School, the Director of the Tulane Sports Law Program, the Co-Director of the Tulane Center for Sport, and the Associate Provost for NCAA Compliance at Tulane University. Prior to joining the Tulane Law School faculty, Professor Feldman was a litigator at Williams & Connolly in Washington DC, where he practiced in a variety of areas, including antitrust law, labor law, and intellectual property.

Professor Feldman has spent his entire academic career studying, teaching, and researching the application of intellectual property law, labor law, antitrust law, and contract law to the college and professional sports industries. Over the last 10 years, he has focused more specifically on the health and welfare of college athletes through a from the legal, medical, psychological, financial, and societal perspectives.  Professor Feldman has published multiple law review articles analyzing the legal rights of college athletes and NCAA, authored a White Paper in 2016 commissioned by the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics proposing a model to provide college athletes with compensation for the use of their name, image, and likeness (and continues to serve as a consultant for the Knight Commission), and currently serves as the Reporter for the Uniform Law Commission NIL Committee.  In January 2021, he testified before the Florida State House of Representatives regarding NIL issues and previously testified before the United States Congress regarding the rights of professional athletes.  Professor Feldman has also taught several classes that focus on labor and antitrust issues involving the NCAA and college athletes.

Professor Feldman has also served on the NCAA Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports Committee for several years and still serves on (and often chairs) the NCAA Drug Testing Appeals Committee. He is on the Board of Directors of the Sports Lawyers Association and has served as their Director of Publications for several years. He is the faculty editor of The Sports Lawyers Journal, The Sports Law Monthly, and the Sports Law Weekly. Professor Feldman also serves on the Board of Directors and Educational Committee of Athletes for Hope, a non-profit organization designed to increase and enhance athlete philanthropy, and he is the Director of Special Olympics in New Orleans.

Additionally, Professor Feldman has been the on-air legal analyst for the NFL Network for 10 years, was the sports law contributor for the now-defunct, and is regularly quoted in the NY Times, Washington Post, and other national outlets on college sports issues. In 2022, Professor Feldman was awarded the American Association of Law Schools Award for Excellent in Sports Law. In 2013, he was awarded President’s Award for Graduation and Professional Teaching.

Ellen Staurowsky | Ithaca College Roy H. Park School of Communications

Ellen J. Staurowsky, Ed.D., is a full professor in sports media in the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College. She has been recognized as a fellow of the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) , the AAHPERD Research Consortium, and the National Academy of Kinesiology.

Staurowsky is internationally recognized as an expert on social justice issues in sport which include gender equity and Title IX, pay equity and equal employment opportunity, college athletes’ rights and the exploitation of college athletes, the faculty role in reforming college sport, representation of women in sport media, and the misappropriation of American Indian imagery in sport. She is co-author of the book, College Athletes for Hire: The Evolution and Legacy of the NCAA Amateur Myth (Praeger Press) and editor and author of Women and Sport: A Continuing Journey from Liberation to Celebration (Human Kinetics Publishers).

In addition to publications in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, Sociology of Sport Journal, Quest, Journal of Sport Management, the International Journal of Sport Communication, the International Journal of Sport Sociology, the Marquette Sports Law Review, the Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport, the International Journal of Sport History, and Sport Management Review her critiques and analyses on a variety of issues have appeared in *The Chronicle of Higher Education, Huffington Post, Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal, The NCAA News, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Athletic Management Magazine, and News From Indian Country. She was a columnist with the College Sport Business News, Women in Coaching Blog, and co-founder and editor of the LBGT Issues in Sport: Theory to Practice Blog. She currently serves as a contributing/senior writer with Sports Litigation Alert and Legal Issues in College Athletics.

She has served as a research consultant to the National College Players Association, co-authoring several reports addressing issues regarding college football and basketball player value, including How the NCAA Empire Robs Predominantly Black Athletes of Billions in Generational Wealth, The $6 Billion Heist: Robbing College Athletes Under the Guise of Amateurism, TV Money Windfall in Big Time College Sports: $784 Million Reasons for Reform, The Price of Poverty: A Comparison of Big-Time College Athletes Fair Market Value, Their Current Compensation, and the U.S. Federal Poverty Line, and An Examination of the Financial Shortfall for Athletes on Full Scholarship at NCAA Division I Institutions – 2009-2010.

As a researcher and advocate on behalf of women in sport, she is the lead author on the Women’s Sports Foundation’s comprehensive and expansive research report entitled Her Life Depends on It: Sport and Physical Activity in the Lives of American Girls and Women (second and third editions). She also co-authored WSF’s report on women in the college sport workplace entitled Beyond X’s and O’s: Gender Bias and Coaches of Women’s Teams. And she was lead author on Chasing Equity:  The Triumphs, Challenges, and Opportunities in Sports for Girls and Women.

As a teacher and researcher, she has received numerous honors including the Women’s Sports Foundation Researcher of the Year award, the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport’s President’s Award, the University of South Carolina College Sport Research Institute’s Lifetime Research Achievement Award, and the Laughlin Education Award from Ursinus College for her contributions to education nationally.

Title IX and Sexual Violence

Shiwali Patel | National Women’s Law Center

Shiwali leads policy development and advocacy, litigation, and education addressing gender-based harassment in schools, including sexual harassment and sexual assault. She also works to strengthen civil rights protections for LGBTQ students, and works on Title IX religious exemptions and other issues of gender equity in education. Previously, she was at the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), where she worked on civil rights policy and legal guidance interpreting Title IX’s anti-discrimination protections, including schools’ responsibilities in responding to sexual harassment, protections for transgender students, and the rights of girls of color. Before joining OCR, Shiwali was an Administrative Judge and investigator at the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Hearings and Appeals, a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia in the Sex Offense and Domestic Violence Unit, and a law clerk to the Honorable Laura A. Cordero at the Superior Court for the District of Columbia.  Prior to law school, Shiwali was a community educator at the District of Columbia Rape Crisis Center, where she conducted workshops and educational presentations for adults and young people on sexual assault, domestic and dating abuse, and sexual harassment, and was a trained hotline counselor and hospital advocate.

Shiwali serves as the Co-Chair of the Leadership Conference’s Education Task Force and as an Advisory Board member of the Every Voice Coalition. She previously served as the Board President of the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP), as Vice President for Community Affairs of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area, Inc. (APABA-DC), and on the Board of Directors of APABA-DC Educational Fund. Shiwali graduated from American University Washington College of Law and Boston University.

Elizabeth Tang | National Women’s Law Center

Elizabeth Tang, Senior Counsel, National Women’s Law Center (she/her): Elizabeth is an education civil rights attorney at the National Women’s Law Center, where she focuses on ending sexual harassment in schools through know-your-rights education for students and families; policy advocacy at the federal, state, and school district levels; and litigation on behalf of student survivors against their schools and against the federal government. Before joining NWLC, she interned at the American Civil Liberties Union and the U.S. Senate and worked at Apne Aap Women’s Collective in Mumbai, India. Elizabeth received her JD/MBA from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. from Harvard College.

Adele Kimmel | Public Justice

Adele P. Kimmel, Director of Public Justice’s Students’ Civil Rights Project, is based in the DC Headquarters of Public Justice. Since joining the law firm in 1994, Adele has worked on wide range of civil rights cases, representing prisoners and immigrant detainees who were beaten, sexually assaulted, denied adequate medical care, and killed; women intercollegiate athletes seeking to reinstate their wrongfully eliminated teams; coaches of female interscholastic and intercollegiate sports who were fired in retaliation for voicing concerns about gender inequities in their schools’ athletic programs; students who were denied athletic scholarships based on their race; women who hit the “glass ceiling” in their workplace; employees who were denied promotions based on their race; student survivors of campus sexual assault whose schools denied them equal access to educational opportunities; and students whose schools failed to protect them from bullying by their peers.

Adele is a widely quoted authority on school bullying and Title IX issues. She is the head of Public Justice’s Anti-Bullying Campaign, which seeks to hold school districts and officials accountable for failing to protect students from bullying, make systemic changes in the ways that schools respond to bullying incidents, and educate others about bullying and the law.

Nancy Chi Cantalupo | Wayne State University Law School

Nancy Chi Cantalupo joined the Wayne State University Law School faculty in 2021. She has also taught as full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, or a fellow at Barry University School of Law, California Western School of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, George Washington University Law School, and Temple University Beasley School of Law. Prior to becoming a professor, she practiced with the firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, and served as assistant dean for clinical programs at Georgetown Law, as an associate vice president for equity, inclusion & violence prevention at a higher education professional association, and as a research fellow with the Victim Rights Law Center.

Cantalupo is a nationally-recognized scholar and expert on Title IX, sexual harassment, and gender-based violence in education. Her scholarship draws from her over 25 years of anti-campus sexual harassment and gender-based violence work as a researcher, campus administrator, victims’ advocate, attorney, and policymaker and focuses on the use of law to combat discriminatory violence. Cantalupo’s articles have appeared in the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender, Wake Forest Law Review, UC Davis Law Review, California Law Review Online, Yale Law Journal Forum, Utah Law Review, Maryland Law Review, the peer-reviewed social science journal Trauma, Violence & Abuse, Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, and several issues of the Journal of College & University Law. She also has been invited to write several book chapters, as well as op-eds for the Washington Post, New York Times, USA Today, and Time magazine.

In her pro bono work, Cantalupo has consulted with President Obama’s White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, participated on a U.S. Senate roundtable, served as a Negotiator on the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee that amended regulations for the Clery Act, and testified before the Maryland and Virginia state legislatures. She has also chaired the board of D.C. Law Students in Court and served on the Advisory Boards for SurvJustice and The Clery Center for Security on Campus, as well as on the Boards of Directors for the Asian/Pacific-Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project and the Conference for Asian Pacific American Law Faculty. In 2016, she co-authored “Title IX & the Preponderance of the Evidence: A White Paper,” signed by over 115 law professors from across the country and from 2017-19 was asked by the American Bar Association’s Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence to draft and edit (based on feedback from peer reviewers) its Recommendations for Improving Campus Student Conduct Processes for Gender-Based Violence.