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Renee L. James

Renee L. James


P: (315) 565-4500 (ext. 4507)
F: (315) 565-4600

Renee James is counsel in the Labor & Employment, Education and Municipal Practices. Ms. James advises private and public sector employers in the areas of employment law, including Title IX, Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.  Ms. James has represented the New York State Public High School Athletic Association since 2005. 

  • Selected, New York - Upstate, Super Lawyers 
  • Section III Service Award 
  • Women in Business Award 
  • Member, State University College at Cortland Council 
  • Past Board of Directors, Central New York State Women's Bar Association
  • Past Board of Directors, Regional Learning Center
  • Past Board of Directors, Consumer Credit Counseling
  • Past Member, Onondaga and Oswego County Chapter, American Red Cross
  • Volunteer Arbitrator, Syracuse City Small Claims Court
  • Certified Instructor, New York State DASA 
  • NYS Athletic Administrator Association Annual Conference (March 2015-2017)
  • Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES, "Legal Issues - Transgender Students" (December 2017)
  • Section III Conference, "Transgender Legal Issues" (December 2016)
  • NYS Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation and Dance Annual Conference, "Legal Issues in Physical Education" (2016 and 2017)
  • Catskill Zone of the NYS APHERD, "Legal Issues with Transgender Students" (November 2016)
  • National Federation of High Schools Legal Summit, "Title IX and High School Sports" 
  • Albany Academies v. NYSPHSAA, 145 A.D. 3d 1258 (3d Dept. 2016)
  • Pena v. NYSPHSAA, 118 A.D. 1456 (4th Dept. 2014)
  • Aquinas Institute of Rochester v. Cerone, NYSPHSAA et al., 47 Misc. 3d 1223 (Supreme Court, Monroe County 2014)
  • Lawer v. NYSPHSAA, Dismissal of ADA charge before Office of Civil Rights (2016)
  • Albany School of Law Union University, J.D., 1987
  • State University of New York at Cortland, B.A., cum laude, 1982
  • New York
  • United States Court of Appeals (Second Circuit)
  • United States District Court (WDNY)