Title IX is a federal law prohibiting K-12 schools, colleges, and universities
from denying educational opportunities to anyone based on sex. The definition
of sex-based discrimination encompasses a variety of conduct, but Title
IX matters typically arise when someone alleges that sexual harassment
or misconduct has occurred on campus or during a school-related event.
Whether they are the alleged victim or actor, student-athletes and coaches
involved in Title IX matters face a bevy of emotional, educational, and
professional consequences, including a damaged reputation, suspension
or expulsion from school, or termination from the school. Although federal
guidelines exist providing guidance on how schools should handle these
cases, the specific ways they are investigated, prosecuted, and punished
can vary from one institution to another. Additionally, what rights complainants
and respondents have is often confusing and differs from those in the
criminal justice system.
At Friedman & Nemecek, L.L.C., our sports lawyers represent student-athletes
and coaches involved in Title IX matters. We provide counsel to complainants
and respondents in schools throughout the United States.
Educational institutions across the nation have established codes of conduct
and policies that students, staff, and faculty, including student-athletes
and coaches, must abide by. When an allegation is made that a violation
has occurred, student-athletes’ or coaches’ futures may be at risk.
Each school has different procedures for administrative and disciplinary
proceedings. The results of these hearings can lead to:
- Suspension or dismissal from participating in sports
- Suspension or expulsion from school
- Removal from student housing
- Revocation of financial aid
- Academic probation
Because the outcome of the hearings can have substantial and lasting impacts,
it is vital that anyone accused of a code of conduct violation speak with
an attorney right away. At Friedman & Nemecek, L.L.C. Attorneys at
Law, we will be your zealous advocate. Our team can advise you of your
rights and options and fight hard to protect your status as a student,
athlete, or coach.
For a student to be able to play sports at the high school or college level,
they must meet strict eligibility requirements. If the student does not
fully understand what's required of them, their standing as an athlete
can be affected. Eligibility issues can also have a ripple effect, as
the student may not qualify for scholarships, preventing them from achieving
their educational and professional goals.
Several matters can lead to eligibility issues, including, but not limited to:
- Not taking the right courses
- Having low standardized test scores
- Not maintaining the required GPA
- Delaying enrollment
- Not having enough credits to transfer to a new school
- Failing a drug test
- Transfers or change of residence
We understand what's at stake for student-athletes when eligibility issues
arise. That is why our team will work diligently to address the matter
and seek restoration of eligibility.
Student-athletes and coaches across the nation are required not only to
comply with policies set by their schools but also with state and federal
law. A criminal investigation or charge can have lasting effects on these
individuals. If convicted, they face penalties imposed by the court and
sanctions by the school. Depending on the situation, they might not be
able to participate in sports, continue coaching, or maintain enrollment
in the institution even after they have completed their sentence. In certain
cases, a criminal conviction can also result in disqualification from
federal benefits, such as student aid.
At Friedman & Nemecek, L.L.C. Attorneys at Law, our sports attorneys
deliver aggressive legal representation to student-athletes and coaches
facing criminal allegations.
We defend against various charges, including, but not limited to:
In July of 2021, student-athletes became eligible to earn money from their
Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL). Since then, businesses and brands across
the country have been contacting students for endorsement deals and making
personal appearances. Some enterprising students have even sought to create
their own brands. While these opportunities may be lucrative, any student
wishing to cash in on them must consider the legal ramifications of doing
so and must ensure that their interests are protected when negotiating
and accepting a deal.
At Friedman & Nemecek, L.L.C. Attorneys at Law, we help students across
the country navigate the complexities of NIL opportunities.
Our team can assist with:
- Reviewing contracts
- Drafting contracts
- Complying with terms and conditions
- Advising on courses of action to take
Some of the legal issues athletes and coaches find themselves in might
need to be resolved in civil court. Often, these matters involve disputes
between one or more other persons or entities. In some cases, it may be
alleged that the athlete or coach committed some wrong, or it may be that
the student-athlete or coach is seeking remedy for being wronged.
Whether the individual is the plaintiff or defendant in these matters,
having a sports attorney to provide guidance every step of the way is
crucial. They can help ensure the individual's rights are protected and
seek a just outcome on their client's behalf.
Our team at Friedman & Nemecek, L.L.C. Attorneys at Law travels throughout
the U.S. to provide training to teams and athletic departments at various
educational institutions. We help these individuals understand their obligations
and rights while participating in their sport, coaching the team, or attending
We aim to mitigate or prevent legal issues from arising by arming student-athletes
and coaches with the information they need. Still, should disputes or
other problems arise, we are prepared to step in and deliver sound counsel.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you are an athlete or coach in need of legal representation, please
do not hesitate to reach out to Friedman & Nemecek, L.L.C. Attorneys
at Law. Wherever you are in the U.S., we are here to assist with your matter.
To discuss your case, call us at (888) 694-4645 or
submit an online contact form.