Bethany Swaton Wagner is an Associate in the Pittsburgh office of Jackson Lewis P.C.
Ms. Wagner practices in the areas of employment and Title IX and NCAA compliance. In her employment practice, Ms. Wagner focuses on preventative human resource policy development, training, and advice and counseling. She also develops and reviews policy and handbooks, particularly for multi-state issues and compliance. In addition, Ms. Wagner represents employers in employment-related litigation before administrative agencies and courts on the federal and state levels.
Ms. Wagner is also an active member of the firm’s Collegiate and Professional Sports Industry Group. She has extensive experience in the collegiate and professional sports world. Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, she worked for the Pittsburgh Pirates, CBS Broadcasting, Inc., and The Ohio State University Athletic Compliance Office. Ms. Wagner represents and counsels universities and sports organizations, in general, in a broad array of legal areas. Specifically, she counsels educational institutions on issues involving Title IX and Section 504 compliance and conducts training for management-level employees in the same areas. She also represents and provides guidance to institutions of higher learning facing potential athletics bylaw violations.
Ms. Wagner authored "Girls Can Play, Too: Has the Lack of Female Leadership in NCAA Athletics Become an Afterthought?" which was published in the Seton Hall University School of Law Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law. This article was reprinted in a condensed version as a chapter in the textbook, Reversing Field: Examining Commercialization, Labor, Gender, and Race in 21st Century Sports Law. She also authored “Money Madness: Student-Athlete Aid Increase Sparks Criticism,” which is featured in the November-December 2011 edition of the Journal of NCAA Compliance. Additionally, Ms. Wagner co-authored “New NCAA Rule Puts Premium on Head Coaches’ Accountability,” which appeared in the SportsBusiness Journal (January 7, 2013, page 23) and “U.S. Department of Education’s “Dear Colleague Letter” Highlights Schools’ Responsibility for Accommodating Disabled Students in Extra Curricular Activities.”
In addition, Ms. Wagner was a presenter at the following conferences and seminars:
- 2012 inaugural conference for the Association of Title IX Administrators on “Understanding the Law Behind the Law and Effective Crisis Management When Things Go Wrong;”
- 2013 annual conference for the Association of Title IX Administrators on “Dear Colleague Letter Updates: Changes You May Not Be Aware Of, But The OCR Expects You To Know;” and
- 2013 Fraternal Law Conference on “Title IX Compliance. Sexual Harassment Allegations – Best Practices and Investigations.”
Ms. Wagner received her B.S. in Sport Management, summa cum laude, from West Virginia University and her J.D. from the West Virginia University College of Law.
Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity
- Women in Sports and Events (WISE) – Pittsburgh chapter, Board Member and Secretary, 2010 to present
- National Sports and Entertainment Law Society, Board Member, 2009 to present
- Named Super Lawyers "Pennsylvania Rising Stars" – 2013 and 2014