2003 Founders' Celebration Events

Title IX: 30 Years Later

April 2, 2003

Over thirty years ago, the United States Congress passed Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibiting sex discrimination in education. Title IX states, "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." Title IX is prominently known for expanding athletic opportunities for women in colleges and universities. However, Title IX also applies to other academic educational activities. This symposium will examine the impact of Title IX on athletic opportunities and academic opportunities.

The morning panel examined how Title IX has expanded athletic opportunities for women in college and the impact of recent recommendations to the Secretary of Education by the Secretary’s Commission on Opportunity in Athletics. Panelists responded to the recent report and provided a variety of perspectives on whether Title IX should be revised to provide more flexibility for colleges.

The afternoon panel examined the effects of single sex classrooms and schooling for girls and the notice of intent to regulate single sex schools and classrooms issued by the Secretary of Education. Panelists spoke on the positive effects of single sex education, discussed the laws impacting single sex schools after VMI and offered recommendations on how the U.S. Department of Education could make Title IX more flexible to allow for single sex classes and schools.


10:30 am
Registration for CLE

11:00 am
Welcoming Remarks & Introduction

  • Dean Claudio Grossman,
    American University Washington College of Law
  • Christine Rose, Senior Note & Comment Editor

11:05 am
Title IX: Expanding Athletic Opportunities

  • Moderator: Ann Shalleck, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law and Director, Women in the Law Program
  • Deborah Brake, Associate Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Jocelyn Samuels, Vice President for Educational Opportunities, National Women’s Law Center
  • Rita Simon, Professor, American University, Department of Justice, Law & Society and Commissioner, Secretary’s Commission on Opportunity in Athletics

12:30 pm LUNCH

1:00 pm
Title IX: Expanding Academic Opportunities through Single Sex Schools and Classrooms

  • Moderator: Judith Winston, former Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law and former Under Secretary and General Counsel, U.S. Department of Education
  • Jamie Fasteau, Senior Lobbyist, American Association of University Women
  • David Sadker, Professor of Education, American University, School of Education
  • Sarah Dunne, Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Division of Education