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Bethany Swaton Wagner


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Bethany Swaton Wagner is an Associate in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She 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 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, the Clery Act, the Campus SAVE Act, and all other applicable laws and conducts training for management-level employees in the same areas. She also represents and provides guidance to institutions of higher learning facing potential NCAA bylaw violations.

Ms. Wagner is a regular contributor to the firm's Collegiate and Professional Sports Law Blog.

Honors and Recognitions

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • National Sports and Entertainment Law Society, Board Member (2009 to present)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Sports Lawyers Association
  • West Virginia Bar Association
  • Women in Sports and Events (WISE) – Pittsburgh chapter, Board Member and Secretary (2010 to present)

Published Works

  • "Girls Can Play, Too: Has the Lack of Female Leadership in NCAA Athletics Become an Afterthought?," Seton Hall University School of Law Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law [Author]
  • "Girls Can Play, Too: Has the Lack of Female Leadership in NCAA Athletics Become an Afterthought?," Reversing Field: Examining Commercialization, Labor, Gender, and Race in 21st Century Sports Law [Chapter Author]
  • “Money Madness: Student-Athlete Aid Increase Sparks Criticism,” Journal of NCAA Compliance (November-December 2011) [Author]
  • “New NCAA Rule Puts Premium on Head Coaches’ Accountability,” Sports Business Journal (January 7, 2013, page 23) [Co-Author]
  • “U.S. Department of Education’s “Dear Colleague Letter” Highlights Schools’ Responsibility for Accommodating Disabled Students in Extra Curricular Activities” [Co-Author]

Speeches and Presentations

  • 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”
  • 2013 Fraternal Law Conference on “Title IX Compliance. Sexual Harassment Allegations – Best Practices and Investigations”
  • 2015 AAAED Conference on Higher Education Laws

See AllPublications

June 10, 2015

West Virginia Amends Law on Final Wages, Imposes Mitigation Duty on Former Employees Who Sue

June 10, 2015

Significant changes to West Virginia’s Wage Payment and Collection Act (“WPCA”) and a cap on damages available to plaintiffs in employment litigation highlight the latest West Virginia Legislative Session for employers.  Changes to WPCA West Virginia’s Wage Payment and Collection Act has placed... Read More

March 4, 2013

U.S. Department of Education's "Dear Colleague Letter" Highlights Schools' Responsibility for Accommodating Disabled Students in Extracurricular Activities

March 4, 2013

On Friday, January 25, 2013, the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights issued a “Dear Colleague Letter” focusing on the importance of access to and participation in extracurricular activities for students with disabilities. Many pundits have described this event as the most significant development... Read More

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October 14

Cranberry Township, PA

Staying Ahead of the Curve: Developments and Emerging Issues in Higher Education

October 14, 2015
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Marriott Pittsburgh North
100 Cranberry Woods Drive
Cranberry Township, PA 16066

Sexual Assault on Campus:  Is Your Institution Complying with its Obligations under State and Federal La... Read More

Blog Posts by Bethany Swaton Wagner

New York’s ‘Enough is Enough’ to Become Law
June 18, 2015

Legislation to curb sexual assault on college campuses in New York is set to become law. Governor Andrew Cuomo had introduced the bill in January 2015. The “Enough is Enough” bill encourages victims of sexual assault on campus to report the incident and bolsters support services for victims. Read More

Department of Education Issues New Guidance on Title IX Coordinators
April 28, 2015

The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) has issued a Dear Colleague Letter (“DCL”) to superintendents, presidents, and other senior officials of educational institutions reminding them of their obligation to designate a Title IX coordinator and to support the coordinator fully in efforts to ensure the institution is i Read More

NCAA Hands Down Historic Penalties Against Penn State Football Program
August 1, 2012

Called the “darkest day in Penn State history,” on July 23, 2012, the the NCAA imposed unprecedented penalties on the Penn State football program. Dr. Read More