Bailey Glasser Partner Arthur Bryant Named Sports Law Trailblazer


November 15, 2021 – Arthur H. Bryant, who has successfully represented more female and male student-athletes in Title IX litigation than any lawyer in the country, has been named a 2021 Sports Law Trailblazer by The National Law Journal.

In the past year alone, Arthur and his co-counsel have won settlements preserving women’s intercollegiate athletic opportunities and advancing gender equity at Brown University, the College of William & Mary, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, East Carolina University, the University of St. Thomas, La Salle University, and Dartmouth College.

He made legal history in April when Clemson University became the first institution to face sex discrimination lawsuits from both its male and female student-athletes for violations of Title IX, the federal law prohibiting gender discrimination by institutions receiving federal funding.

The settlement with Clemson was the nation’s first Title IX victory for men, while helping ensure equal athletic financial aid and treatment for women at the university.

A partner with Bailey Glasser, Arthur leads the firm’s Oakland, California, office.

“Arthur Bryant’s historic Title IX work ensures the equal protection of student-athletes across the country,” said Benjamin L. Bailey, co-founder of the firm. “Our firm is proud of the work Arthur and the Title IX team are doing and their remarkable record this year.”

In The National Law Journal publication announcing his selection, Arthur reflects on nearly 50 years of Title IX, the change it bought to college athletics, and the need to vigilantly enforce the law.

“The concept is simple: equality. It has done incredible good – opening up numerous programs, jobs, and opportunities. As a result, more females are involved in higher education and sports than ever before,” Bryant says. “But in athletics most schools still aren’t in compliance. In the last year alone, over a dozen colleges tried to eliminate women’s (or men’s) teams in violation of Title IX. So the athletes have fought and, at almost every school, they won.”

The Trailblazer award is the latest accolade in a long and distinguished legal career. Arthur has twice been named “One of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” by The National Law Journal, is an elected member of the American Law Institute, and his portrait hangs in the Trial Lawyer National Portrait Gallery. To read The National Law Journal award profile of Arthur, click here. 

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