Working with small and large institutions of higher education for fifteen years, we offer a range of litigation, consulting and policy-writing services related to Title IX, the Clery Act, VAWA, FERPA, and anti-discrimination policies. We also provide external investigator, hearing officer and training services.
Experienced and Impartial Title IX Investigations
Our experienced Title IX investigators help institutions avoid conflicts of interest during the discovery of relevant factual information in sensitive Title IX investigations. With fifteen years of investigation experience, we are deeply familiar with the regulatory scheme and the nuances that each institution’s policy may incorporate. Our experience has taught us that no matter which side of the complaint an individual is on, the stress and emotion of an investigation can be overwhelming. We approach Title IX investigations with empathy and objectivity to produce fair, detailed investigation reports that lay the foundation for effective hearings and a complete record on appeal.
Professional External Hearing Officer Services
On the forefront of the new rules for Title IX hearings, we have conducted some of the first Title IX hearings under the 2020 regulations. We understand both the technical requirements for hearings and the value of a detailed, well-reasoned outcome determination of a Title IX complaint. We work with institutions to ensure that hearing processes comply with their own policies and the regulations, and we advise on procedural questions throughout the Title IX process. With deep experience in Title IX policy-writing, regulations, investigations and hearings, we provide impartial external hearing officer services that treat each participant with dignity and an open mind in a professional and approachable hearing environment.
We offer customized Title IX training for investigators, advisors and related personnel. We work closely with an institution’s the key team members to develop programs that provide targeted training, orient participants to the underlying legal landscape, and provide practical guidance for fulfilling their roles based on our years of experience. It is our belief that a well-prepared team of trained employees is a university’s best tool for providing excellent service to those students and employees navigating the Title IX process in a manner consistent with the core values of the institution. With that goal in mind, our training sessions are tailored to each client’s policy, educational philosophy, and particular needs.
Inquiries may be directed to our lead higher education attorney, Christine Pickel, at [email protected]