26th Anniversary Kate Stoneman Day
Monday, March 22, 2021
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Miriam M. Netter ’72 Stoneman Award Recipient and Keynote Speaker:
Nancy Hogshead-Makar, J.D.
Nancy Hogshead-Makar is an Olympic champion, a civil rights lawyer, and CEO of
Champion Women, a non-profit providing legal advocacy for girls and women in sports. Focus areas include equal play, such as traditional Title IX compliance in athletic departments, sexual harassment, abuse and assault, as well as employment, pregnancy and LGBT discrimination within sport.
Hogshead-Makar led an eight-year effort to protect athletes from sexual abuse in club and Olympic sports, that is, sport not associated with schools. Most recently, she galvanized the sport, child protection, and civil rights communities in support of a new federal law, the
SafeSport Act, signed into law in February, 2018. Near-term work includes amending the
Ted Stevens Olympic Sports Act, the statute governing the power-structure in the U.S. Olympic movement. Ideally, athletes would not be dependent on the benevolence of the USOC Board and executives; that athlete authority would be part of the architecture of the Olympic movement, including finances, the ability to speak out about abuse without retaliation, and stronger gender equity protections.
As an internationally recognized legal expert on sports issues, Hogshead-Makar has testified in Congress numerous times on the topic of gender equity in athletics, and written numerous scholarly and lay articles, She serves as an expert witness in Title IX cases and writes amicus briefs representing athletic organizations in precedent-setting litigation, and is a frequent guest on national news programs on the topic, including
CNN, ESPN, NPR, Fox News, MSNBC and 60 Minutes. Her book, co-authored with Andrew Zimbalist, Equal Play, Title IX and Social Change, has received acclaim since its release by Temple University Press. She was the lead author of Pregnant and Parenting Student-Athletes; Resources and Model Policies, published by the NCAA.
Hogshead-Makar is a frequent keynote speaker, and regularly contributes to shaping policy for girls and women. She has served on the NCAA Task Force on Gender Equity, and on the boards of Equality League, the Association of Title IX Administrators, the Aspen Institute’s Sport and Society, the One Love Foundation, and the World Olympians Association. From 2003 - 2012 she was the Co-Chair of American Bar Association Committee on the Rights of Women. She was elected to the editorial board of the Journal of Intercollegiate Sport. Sports Illustrated Magazine listed her as one of the most influential people in the history of Title IX.
Hogshead-Makar has received significant awards recognizing her commitment to girls and women in athletics, from the International Olympic Committee, the National Organization for Women, the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators, the Alliance of Women Coaches, SHAPE America, and the
Babe Didrikson Zaharias Award. She has been inducted into the Academic All-America Hall of Fame, the International Scholar-Athlete Hall of Fame, the National Consortium for Academics and Sports Hall of Fame, the National Association for Sports and Physical Education Hall of Fame, and she has been awarded an honorary doctorate.
Hogshead-Makar capped eight years as a world class swimmer at the 1984 Olympics, where she won three gold medals and one silver medal. Through high school and college dual meets she was undefeated. Major awards include the
Nathan Mallison Award, given to Florida’s outstanding athlete, and the prestigious
Kiphuth Award, given to America’s best all-around swimmer nationally. Hogshead-Makar has been inducted into eleven halls of fame, including the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame.
She and her husband Scott Makar, a judge on Florida’s First District Court of Appeal, have a son and twin daughters. They are continuously restoring their 1920s Mediterranean home.
Additional Award Winners
Hon. Christine M. Clark ’96 is an Associate Justice of the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department.
Justice Clark has risen quickly through the legal ranks since her time at Albany Law School. After graduation, she worked at Dreyer Boyajian LLP for two years before moving on to become a Schenectady County DWI prosecutor. She later worked in the county’s felony bureau, and then as the first bureau chief of the special victims unit. She went on to establish the Schenectady County Child Abuse Multidisciplinary Team.
Her judicial career began in 2004 when she was appointed as a judge in Schenectady City Court. She was elected to that position in 2005 and five years later was elected to the bench of Schenectady County Family Court. In 2012, she became only the second woman elected to the state Supreme Court from the 11-county Fourth Judicial District. She was appointed to the Third Department in 2014.
Throughout her career, Justice Clark has dedicated herself to the advancement of women in law, regularly mentoring and offering internship opportunities to law school students; her impact on up-and-coming women attorneys has been described as “the stuff of legend.” She is an active member, frequent volunteer, and former board member of the Capital District Women’s Bar Association, which presented her with the Hon. Judith S. Kaye Distinguished Attorney Award in 2018.
She is married to Albany Law alumnus Bob Mayberger ’78 and has two teenage daughters.
As one nominator wrote, Justice Clark is “sincerely inspirational and committed to the betterment of our profession, the women involved in it, and the community that our collective work helps shape.”
Donna E. Young is the founding dean of Ryerson University’s Faculty of Law in Toronto, Canada. Before joining Ryerson, she was a longtime member of the Albany Law School faculty and most recently held the title of President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy.
Her teaching and scholarship focus on law and inequality, race and gender discrimination, and academic freedom and university governance. She has taught courses in Criminal Law, Employment Law, U.S. Federal Civil Procedure, Gender and Work, and Race, Rape Culture, and Law. While at Albany Law School, she was also a joint faculty member at the University at Albany’s Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Dean Young was nominated for the Kate Stoneman Award by more than 60 students at Albany Law School, as well as numerous faculty members who described her as “a mentor, a pillar of strength, a source of inspiration and reflection, a friend, a scholar, a leader in the area of faculty governance here and elsewhere, and a fantastic colleague to all of us. In particular she has inspired the women who have come after her, lifting them up, but in the true spirit of Kate Stoneman she has not stopped there, she has lifted us all, making us all better.”
Young’s advocacy—in academia, media, and public settings—and standing as a preeminent ally of gender and racial equality draws parallels “to the pioneering champion of women’s equality in the legal profession, Kate Stoneman,” her former students wrote.