Thompson & Horton attorneys have decades of experience helping educational entities navigate the uncertainties of laws prohibiting sexual harassment, sexual assault, and child abuse in schools, employment, and related contexts. Our attorneys serve as counselors, consultants, training facilitators, investigators, decision-makers, advisors, informal resolution facilitators, and litigators in matters involving Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Clery Act, and the Violence Against Women Act, and state law. We draft and update policies and procedures, counsel administrators on day-to-day legal issues, defend educational institutions in Title IX lawsuits and Office for Civil Rights (OCR) complaints, train members of Title IX teams and others involved in sexual harassment investigations, informal resolutions, and decisions, and train employees and students on sexual harassment awareness.
Our peers in the education law community regularly recognize our team’s experience in Title IX and related issues. The National School Boards Association has called on our attorneys to prepare amicus briefs in seminal Title IX cases. It regularly selects our attorneys to train our peers on Title IX issues through the National Council of School Attorneys. Our attorneys are actively involved with Title IX efforts within collegiate organizations such as NACUA and ATIXA. Our peers in the legal community also call on us regularly to serve as expert witnesses in Title IX federal lawsuits. For more information about our experience, see our firm website.
Through this Title IX Tips blog, we will provide timely analysis for administrators and educators across the country on federal laws governing sexual harassment and sexual assault, including under Title IX. From time to time, we will also provide updates for clients based on state law in jurisdictions in which our attorneys are members of the bar, including Illinois and Texas.