U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
Education Law (Public Universities)
Employment Law (Public Universities)
Invasion of Privacy
J.D., University of Arizona College of Law
– Dean’s List
– Jenckes Cup Champion
M.A., Gender & Women’s Studies, University of Arizona
B.A., Spanish, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
– summa cum laude
Ms. Tracy-Ramirez focuses her practice on public university employment or education disputes and investigations, invasion of privacy litigation, and defamation litigation in Arizona. She represents plaintiffs, university staff or administration members, university professors, and university students whose privacy rights were violated or whose rights to continued university employment or education were infringed due to blackmail, discrimination, extortion, harassment, retaliation, or other unlawful or illegal acts. She also represents plaintiffs whose reputations and professional or educational opportunities have been harmed or diminished due to others’ defamation, extortion, fraud, misrepresentations, or negligent investigations.
A former public university investigator in Arizona and Colorado, Ms. Tracy-Ramirez has experience working in Human Resources and Student Conduct or Student Affairs offices. She has worked as a compliance consultant, Title IX Investigator, and investigator of protected-class discrimination claims. She understands the unique dynamics at play in a college or university setting.
Now, as a practicing attorney, she relies on legal tools and, when necessary, civil litigation, to advocate for equitable laws, policies, and practices that respect individuals’ rights and dignity. She believes holding powerful educational institutions and their agents accountable for their negligent, malicious, or reckless conduct is important to preserving and advancing equity and fair play in higher education communities.
While studying for her juris doctor at The University of Arizona, Ms. Tracy-Ramirez concurrently earned her master’s degree in gender and women’s studies. She studied Spanish and Latin American studies as a University of Massachusetts Amherst undergraduate. She also studied sign language at Oregon State University.
Education law and policy, especially the intersections of free speech and harassing or extortive speech, continue to interest Ms. Tracy-Ramirez. She plans to pursue a doctoral degree in higher education focusing on campus adjudication and investigation models for harassment and bullying cases.
In her free time, Ms. Tracy-Ramirez enjoys training for long-distance running events, cooking, and travelling. She also enjoys spending time with her family in Cuba.
TRAINING AND CERTIFICATIONS
Dartmouth College Summit on Sexual Assault, July 2014.
“Understand Why Survivors Act the Way They Do,” Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA), March 2014.
“The Reid Technique of Investigative Interviewing,” John E. Reid Associates, Inc., January 2014.
“The Neurobiology of Trauma and Trauma-Informed Practices,” University of Colorado Office of Victim Assistance, November 2013
Title IX Investigator Certification, Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA), January 2013.
Gehring Academy Student Conduct Training Institute, Association of Student Conduct Administrators (ASCA), July 2012.
CONFERENCE PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS
“Boundaries and Expectations: What Title IX Is, Isn’t, and Could Be,” Webinar Presentation for the Association for Women in Science (June 15, 2014).
“Justice Outside the Justice System: Campus Sexual Violence and Systems of Equity,” Paper Accepted for Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the National Women’s Studies Association as part of the panel entitled “Creating justice in Higher Education: Examining Sexual Violence, Student Debt, and STEM Diversity” (November 2014).
“Achieving Compliance through Collaboration: Victim Support and Title IX Investigations,” co-presentation with University of Colorado Office of Victim Assistance at the Joint Conference of Association of Title IX Administrators School and College Organization of Prevention Educators (October 2014).
“Healthy Workplaces for All: Gender Identity, Workplace Bullying and U.S. Law.” Paper Accepted for Presentation at the International Conference on Workplace Bullying (June 2010).
“All About ‘You’: Mixed Messages of Resistance and Blame for Targets of Workplace Bullying,” Presentation at the International Conference on Workplace Bullying (June 2008).
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Public University Education Law: Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 (institutional violation of Title IX); Campus Sexual Assault; FERPA; Administrative Hearings for Student Conduct Violations or Student Disciplinary Actions; First Amendment Free Speech Protections; Harassment; Retaliation; Suspension; Expulsion
Public University Employment Law: Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 (institutional violation of Title IX); Wrongful Termination; Human Resources Investigations; Administrative Hearings; Faculty/Staff Disciplinary Action; First Amendment Free Speech Protections; Harassment; Discrimination; Retaliation; Public Records
Defamation (Libel & Slander): Internet Defamation; Private Figure Defamation; Public Figure Defamation; Newspaper and Network Broadcast Defamation; Social Media Defamation; Trade Libel
Invasion of Privacy: Appropriation of Likeness; Breach of Confidentiality; Camfecting (Illegal Webcam Hacking); Data Breach; False Light Invasion of Privacy; ; Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) violations; Identity Theft; Intrusion Upon Seclusion; Public Disclosure of Private Facts; Statutory Negligence (violations of state forgery, identity theft, impersonation, privacy, or wiretapping statutes); Revenge Porn; Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) violations