As a former university professor, I understand academic institutions from both the inside and outside. I started my law career after teaching German and European history at a major research university, the Georgia Institute of Technology. After 11 years, I left a tenured position to earn a degree from Yale Law School.
As a professor, I dedicated myself to the topic of social justice. I wrote numerous articles and two books about civil rights and the Holocaust. Then I turned to a career in student rights law. Now, I don’t just study civil rights. I also defend them.
After clerking for the Hon. Ralph Gants, now Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, I represented clients in complex commercial disputes. Then I moved to Connecticut and started representing university students, faculty, and staff in disciplinary proceedings and in court – especially allegations of sexual misconduct, harassment, and claims brought under Title IX.
For students, charges of misconduct can lead to suspension or expulsion, derailing their education and jeopardizing their future. When I left academia, colleges and universities were just starting to regulate the most intimate details of students’ private lives. Since then, American universities have been rocked with repeated scandals over free speech, political expression, sexual abuse and harassment, and the due process owed to students and faculty in misconduct proceedings.
The potential consequences of misconduct hearings in higher education are too important to leave to academic administrators alone. Students, professors, and faculty members need legal representation to protect their rights and ensure that the university treats them fairly.
I stand up for the rights of students and employees entangled in university proceedings, all the way to trial if necessary. I represent both victims and the accused, in investigations and hearings on sexual misconduct accusations as well as academic and non-academic matters.
I also defend students accused of plagiarism, hazing, and other policy violations. I have represented clients who brought actions in state and federal court and before state agencies such as the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.