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    The Clients We Serve

    Our clients are primarily students and employees caught in the rising tide of university disciplinary investigations, hearings, appeals, and sanctions. Students often have a right to an attorney in these matters. For example, students and employees are always entitled to legal representation in Title IX cases.

    Disciplinary actions at colleges and universities are skyrocketing. In 2017 alone, the University of Connecticut investigated 139 claims of sexual misconduct, while 124 complaints were filed at Yale University and 59 incidents were reported at Brown University.
    There has been a similar increase in proceedings involving hazing, alcohol infractions, and academic misconduct. At the same time, submissions to the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Education have shot up as universities have neglected students’ rights, forcing them to seek other sources of help.

    Complaints reported to the OCR capture only a fraction of the cases related to colleges and universities across the country. Students are increasingly suing their schools in federal court to protect themselves from both arbitrary action by the schools’ quasi-judiciary systems and to force schools to stop sweeping allegations of harassment under the rug.

    This trend is not limited to higher education. An average of 850 K-12 students are expelled in Connecticut each year, resulting in a cumulative loss of 240 years of education in the 2016-2017 school year alone. Parents should be aware that state and federal law guarantees students legal counsel and procedural protections in expulsion hearings.
     
     
    The following is a partial list of schools at which Attorney Michael Thad Allen has represented students:
     
    • Arkansas State University
    • Case Western Reserve University
    • Central Connecticut State University
    • Colgate College
    • Columbia University
    • Connecticut College
    • Dartmouth College
    • Emory University
    • Flagler College
    • Florida State University
    • Gateway Community College
    • Guilford College
    • Guilford Public Schools
    • Hartwick College
    • Lesley University
    • Mitchell College
    • Pennsylvania State University
    • Quinnipiac University
    • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    • Sacred Heart University
    • Syracuse University
    • Trinity College
    • University of Bridgeport
    • Wesleyan University
    • Westfield State University
    • Yale University