Rhode Island ACLU Attorney Lynette Labinger revealed that Brown University attempted to get back in compliance with Title IX by promising to add a Women’s Sailing team.
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According to Labinger, when Brown announced they were cutting 11 sports teams, including men’s and women’s golf, they were still okay when it came to the 1992 Title IX settlement.
However, where Brown got into trouble, according to Labinger, is when it cut, and then re-added the men’s track, field and cross country programs.
“There was a big groundswell of opposition to the cuts, the track program did a masterful job of public relations and initially the Brown President said that she was sticking with her decision because if she didi’t cut men’s track, field and cross country, Brown would not be in compliance with the settlement, if they made no other changes. And then three days later Brown announced that they were doing just that (re-adding track, field and cross country) at which point we notified them that was a violation. Brown’s response was that they will be in compliance because they’re adding a sailing program and our position is that it doesn’t exist yet, so you cannot substitute promises for participation and that’s why we’re in court,” Labinger told Coalition Talk Radio’s Pat Ford.
Sailing is currently a club sport at Brown.
Legal Troubles for Brown
As GolfNewsRI reported, a lawsuit filed against Brown University in 1992 regarding Title IX is being brought back up as legal representatives, along with the RI ACLU, are alleging that the school is breaking the ’92 agreement by cutting several women’s sports teams.
As GolfNewsRI reported last week, the Coalition of Student-Athletes at Brown have retained the Chicago law firm of Winston & Strawn to help fight the school’s decision.
That law firm includes Jeffrey Kessler, the same lawyer that Tom Brady used during his deflategate case.