Title IX is a federal civil rights law that bans sex-based discrimination in any educational institution or activity that receives federal funding. When there is a complaint of sexual harassment, sexual violence, or any sex-based discrimination, an institution may commence a Title IX investigation.
Title IX provides the parties with certain rights, including but not limited to the right to:
A Title IX proceeding can be overwhelming, emotionally taxing and stressful for the parties involved. It is helpful for each party to have an advisor throughout this difficult process, to serve in a supportive role, provide advice and guidance, and conduct cross-examination if the matter proceeds to a live hearing.
Federal law guarantees each party the right to have an advisor of their choosing present during all stages of the proceedings, including at a hearing where parties and witnesses are cross-examined. An advisor does not have to be an attorney, but by selecting an attorney-advisor that is familiar with the intricacies of Title IX, each party can ensure that their rights are protected and that the process remains fair and impartial.
With our extensive experience with Title IX investigations and hearings, coupled with our background in education law and litigation, we are uniquely placed to serve in an advisory role to complainants and respondents in Title IX proceedings. Our clients can be assured of personalized attention, and compassionate and insightful guidance. We prioritize building rapport with each client, as well as being available and accessible to provide clarity and a calm and reassuring ear.
A Title IX investigation may sound frightening, but remember that you will have an opportunity to thoroughly present your case and that you have the right to have an advisor present at all times. We know Title IX inside and out and are focused on your absolute right to be treated fairly and impartially throughout all stages of a Title IX proceeding. Whether you are a complainant or a respondent, we recognize the stakes are high. We are here to help you understand the process and provide advice throughout the investigation and during the hearing.