U.S. District Court District of Arizona
U.S. District Court District of Colorado
U.S. Court of Appeals Tenth Circuit
Deceptive Trade Practices
Defamation (Libel & Slander)
Higher Education Law
– Discipline & Conduct
– Discrimination & Harassment
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
I focus my practice on defamation, invasion of privacy, unfair or deceptive trade practices, and Title IX litigation. I also focus on advising individuals and organizations on Title IX compliance and related student, faculty, and staff disciplinary investigations at public and private schools, colleges, and universities.
I represent plaintiffs, students, faculty, or school staff members whose privacy rights were violated or whose rights to continued academic employment or education were infringed due to discrimination, harassment, retaliation, stalking, and other unlawful or illegal acts. I also represent plaintiffs whose reputations and professional or educational opportunities have been harmed or diminished due to others’ defamation, extortion, fraud, misrepresentations, negligent investigations or unfair disciplinary policies or procedures.
TITLE IX LEGAL COUNSEL
A former public university investigator in Arizona and Colorado, I have experience working in Human Resources, Student Conduct, and Student Affairs offices. I have worked as a compliance consultant, Title IX Investigator, and investigator of protected-class discrimination claims. I understand the unique dynamics at play in K-12 and higher education settings. I advise and represent both complainants and respondents in school disciplinary matters because all students, faculty, and staff have the right to be treated fairly and should be treated with respect. I work to ensure educational institutions implement fair and transparent policies and disciplinary processes that respect all participants’ rights and dignity.
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.
“Why Stormy Daniels Shouldn’t Show Us Those Photos,” Ms. Magazine (April 3, 2018).
“Nothing About Reporting Sexual Harassment Is Easy,” Huffington Post (March 16, 2018).
“Maybe Al Franken’s a ‘good’ man. He still admitted to sexual harassment,” NBC News THINK (November 17, 2017).
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