Olympian and Champion for women athletes, joins Title IX program at Tulane

A three-time Olympic gold medalist and champion for girls and women in sport, attorney Nancy Hogshead-Makar is joining the Tulane Law faculty in 2020. Hogshead-Makar will teach courses in the online Title IX certificate program

Hogshead-Makar brings a legacy of more than three decades helping expand sports opportunities for girls and women and standing up to sexual abuse. She will teach introductory and advanced courses about Title IX and athletics compliance, and a course about Title IX issues unique to the K-12 institutions.

Hogshead-Makar was part of the first generation of women to benefit from the passage of Title IX in 1972, and her legal career was defined by her expertise in equal pay, sexual harassment, abuse and assault, employment, pregnancy, and LGBTQ discrimination. She has represented student athletes as well as institutions that seek to comply with equality mandates.  

Hoghead-Makar’s experience and expertise, paired with her Olympic legacy — she won three gold medals and one silver for swimming in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles — make her exceptionally well-suited to teach courses on Title IX and athletics, says Joel Friedman, director of Tulane Law School’s online legal education programs. 

Hogshead-Makar says she looks forward to teaching non-lawyers and helping expand their understanding of Title IX. “I’ve been teaching for 19 years, and this is an audience I’ve always wanted to reach,” she says.  

Launched in Spring 2019, Tulane’s Title IX certificate program offers flexible, self-paced certificate programs for education administrators, athletic directors, attorneys, and anyone else who deals with Title IX compliance matters, to deepen their knowledge of Title IX. The program provides training in essential Title IX legal principles, with ten individual certificates, five specializations, and six program start dates throughout the year from which to choose.