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Case Results

Here are some representative results we’ve achieved for our clients.

Female complainant’s rights, health, and safety protected throughout lengthy proceedings

Our client was sexually assaulted by a male student acquaintance. We became involved to support our client in getting proper medical treatment, preserving and collecting evidence and witness testimony, and securing therapeutic support. We helped her understand and navigate the many complex options available to her, including a criminal complaint, an informal complaint process, a formal complaint process, or doing nothing. We guided her through the informal process and then the formal process, including interviews with various school and law enforcement officials, and worked closely with the school to put in place appropriate accommodations ensuring that all interviews and hearings did not retraumatize her. The male student was found responsible and was expelled.

Large private university

Witness to sexual violence protected from intimidation

We represented a female witness to a dating violence case on campus who was being pressured to speak with the police and the school investigators about a violent matter she had witnessed on her dorm floor. We immediately communicated on her behalf to the local police, school administrators, and the Title IX investigators to protect her right to choose to not testify and ensure her safety on campus. She was very relieved not to be pressured by the school, the title IX office or the police to attend the hearing and testify about fellow students.

Small private college

Investigation of sexual assault complaint concludes with no charges filed

Our client contacted us immediately upon receiving notice by his school that a claim of sexual assault was made against him by a female student. We assisted him in preparing his detailed answer to the complaint, and then prepared him and accompanied him to his interview with the campus safety police officers. We worked with the school Title IX administrators and helped our client find evidence to show inconsistencies with the complaint. The complainant withdrew her complaint when presented with these inconsistencies and then recanted. The investigation ended and our client was not charged with anything.

Midsized private college

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Client Testimonials

"I am writing to let any college student who gets accused of something serious by their school know that they need a lawyer like Felice Duffy to defend them.  I was accused of something terrible by a student that I would never do and didn’t do.  Even though I knew exactly what actually happened, I was very scared that my university might not find me innocent. It was terrifying to think that I might lose my full basketball scholarship or could have been suspended or expelled and that me and my family’s name could have gotten a horrible reputation. I can’t even put into words how I excited I was when I got the letter from the school that cleared me completely of the charges against me and I have Felice to thank for that 100%. Since I’m not in Connecticut, Felice and her investigator used video conferencing to interview me and my witnesses, talk with my parents, and get me fully prepared for every meeting I had with my school.  They got all my texts and email that proved my innocence and organized them perfectly for the Dean and the discipline committee. Felice was always very direct and respectful even though the subject matter was very personal, and she was always ahead of the school in terms of getting me and them important information at every step.  It was like having the best scouting report ever." Felice obviously knows her stuff but she also deeply cares.  You can tell that she loves the work she’s doing to help college kids in really difficult situations.

College Sophomre, Colorado

“The claims leveled against me were terrible, but the wonderful news is that I was fully cleared of all the allegations because of the outstanding work Christine Brown and the team at Duffy Law did on my behalf. The first thing that really impressed me was that from the very first call Christine quickly understood what was going on and was able to read between the lines to understand the complicated dynamics of the situation. Despite my entire career being spent in academia, I didn't know much about Title IX procedures. Her expertise and knowledge of the process was immediately apparent and critically helpful in guiding me and giving me as much peace of mind as possible.. Christine knew how to spot the important subtext throughout the process and made sure I understood the strategic options I had at every stage going forward. I felt very confident in the decisions we made together. I felt vindicated by the decision and that this situation will have no further effects on my career. I am very grateful to Christine and Duffy Law for guiding me through this stressful process and recommend them without reservation to any faculty member facing a similarly challenging situation. ”

Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine at a midwest university

“I hired Felice Duffy in the middle of a Title IX sexual assault proceeding. While I had initially retained another attorney on a recommendation, it turns out they did not have much insight to the inner workings of university policy, which I learned is NOT required to follow the basic laws of due process. Felice was absolutely incredible, and as an athlete, she understood my thought process and feelings the entire way. This is what stood out the most to me. At the beginning of my school’s adjudication process, I was an absolute mess. Not only is Felice extremely knowledgeable in law and how school adjudication processes work, but she also really does care about her clients and their well-being. It was initially extremely tough for me to speak about what I was facing. Felice was able to assist me not only in compiling the proper evidence and responding to the school, but also put me in the right state of mind to defend myself and move on with my life after it was all completed. Prior to hiring Duffy Law, I was concerned that I would be relegated to working with a legal assistant or secretary being that my case was in a college setting as opposed to a state court. However, Felice always found a way to make time and was there every step of the way. I feel like an important part of hiring an attorney is being able to trust them to fight for you no matter what the scenario may be and you can rest assured you will be getting that with Duffy Law. I would recommend Felice Duffy of Duffy Law 10 times out of 10 to anyone that may be put in a tough situation like I was”

Female College Freshman, Massachusetts

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Schools Where We've Handled Cases

Here are just some of the schools where we’ve represented students, faculty, coaches, and staff:

  • Amherst College
  • Arkansas State University
  • Belmont Abbey College
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Charter Oak State College
  • Colgate University
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Columbia University
  • Connecticut College
  • Creighton Law School
  • Dartmouth College
  • Fairfield University
  • Flagler College
  • Florida State University
  • Furman University
  • Guilford College
  • Howard University
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Indiana University
  • Lesley University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Marist College
  • Marquette University
  • Miami University
  • Mississippi University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Plymouth State University
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rice University
  • Sacred Heart University
  • South Carolina State University
  • St. John's University
  • St. Lawrence University
  • Syracuse University
  • Swarthmore College
  • Tallahassee Comm. College
  • Touro University
  • Trinity College
  • Tufts University
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Lynchburg
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Mass. Med. School
  • University of Miami
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • University of Texas
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
  • Utah University School of Medicine
  • Vassar College
  • Virginia Wesleyan University
  • Washington University, St. Louis
  • Wesleyan University
  • Westfield State University
  • Western Washington University
  • Wheaton College
  • William Smith College
  • Yale University

Alert: Biden Orders Fresh Look at Title IX Regulations


On March 8, 2021, President Biden issued an executive order requiring the Department of Education (“DOE”) to review federal regulations, orders and guidance put in place under the Trump administration that apply to how educational institutions handle complaints of sexual misconduct. The DOE will evaluate whether those regulations are “consistent with the policies” of the current administration. The executive order allows the DOE to suspend, revise, or rescind any or all the prior actions if they are found to be inconsistent. This review will likely result in another major shift in how colleges and universities across the nation handle sexual misconduct cases and alter the policies that schools enacted at their institutions in 2020. The attorneys at Duffy Law stay up-to-the-minute on all applicable Title IX regulations, as well as potential changes expected by mid-June, and are available to consult with you during this tumultuous time in Title IX law. The full Executive Order issued by President Biden can be found here.

Defending College Athletic Coaches against Serious Allegations

Working as an athletic coach at a college or university can be professionally rewarding and lucrative experience. Remember, however, that student-athletes and coaches are always under close scrutiny by their institutions, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the media, and sometimes, even state and federal law enforcement authorities. In some situations, you can face pressure or allegations of misconduct even when you have done nothing wrong.

Any issues with the law or the NCAA can lead to many problems that can affect your professional future and your personal reputation. As a high-level athletic coach, you should never hesitate to seek legal guidance and representation should a conflict arise. This is especially the case if you face disciplinary action, termination, or criminal charges. The highly experienced Title IX and Conduct Code attorneys at Duffy Law are here to help college coaches in any of these situations, so please contact us today to discuss how we might assist you.

NCAA Violations

The NCAA has strict rules regarding almost every aspect of collegiate sports, from recruiting practices to athlete incentives to criminal misconduct by students and coaches. The NCAA also holds coaches accountable for the actions of assistant coaches and administrators who report to them, so you need to know what is happening on every level at the athletic department and create an environment of NCAA compliance.

If the NCAA believes that a coach or assistant coach violated any NCAA regulations, the association can impose suspensions, terminations, or other sanctions on the coach and/or school. Legal representation can protect you from wrongful allegations, minimize the penalties you face, and help preserve your job and reputation.

Our highly knowledgeable lawyers can work to show you did not commit violations or were not aware of any violations within your program. You do not simply have to accept penalties or disciplinary action from the NCAA or your employer. With the right assistance, you can fight against allegations and hopefully continue your collegiate coaching career.

Criminal Defense Representation

The NCAA is not the only organization concerned with the conduct of collegiate coaches. Like anyone else, federal or state law enforcement authorities can investigate suspected criminal behavior of coaches. In recent years and months, many college coaches have made headlines for allegations of criminal conduct, which may include:

  • Sexual assault – Whether it is sexual assault of current college athletes in the program or others, coaches can come under fire for this accusation and can face severe criminal penalties if convicted.
  • Bribes and money laundering – In March 2019, coaches from several respected schools across the United States were indicted as part of Operation Varsity Blues. Federal authorities alleged that many wealthy parents provided bribes to college coaches to accept their unqualified children as student-athletes so they could gain admission to the school. Often, when coaches face accusations of accepting bribes, they can also be accused of hiding the source of the funds, leading to possible money laundering charges.
  • Racketeering and conspiracy – If authorities believe that coaches are part of a larger plan to defraud colleges, the NCAA, or others, they may face RICO or conspiracy charges, which can lead to many years in federal prison upon a conviction.

If you are a college coach facing any type of federal criminal accusations, you need aggressive defense representation right away to fight the serious penalties you might face, including prison time and fines. The highly experienced defense lawyers at Duffy Law represent clients who are under investigation or already defendants in state or federal criminal cases. There are ways to minimize the impact of criminal charges, but you shouldn’t wait to seek the right defense help.

Title IX Issues

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 applies to college athletics and coaches in many ways, including equal athletic opportunities for students, protection from sex discrimination and retaliation, and more. Coaches can run into different types of Title IX issues, including:

  • Accusations of unlawful discrimination under Title IX
  • Suspension or termination if a coach raises Title IX concerns in the athletic program
  • Allegations of covering up sexual misconduct by student-athletes
  • Claims of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct
  • Other noncompliance with Title IX provisions for collegiate athletics

Students and coaches have filed many Title IX complaints in recent years regarding the noncompliance of athletic departments, so gain advice and counsel from an experienced Title IX attorney if you face charges. Mishandled Title IX issues can lead to suspension or termination from your coaching duties, so you want the right lawyer on your side to prevent such consequences whenever possible.

How We Can Help

Duffy Law is in a unique position to provide legal assistance to college coaches facing controversy or criminal allegations. Our highly knowledgeable Title IX and Conduct Code lawyers have extensive experience with collegiate coaches disciplinary and criminal cases.

In addition, the legal team at Duffy Law has years of experience working with both the federal prosecutors and federal defender’s offices, as well as in state criminal courts. If you face any type of federal criminal allegations, our team can help defend against those charges. Overall, our firm is prepared to help collegiate coaches with a wide range of legal issues, whether they involve your school, the NCAA, or state or federal authorities.

Contact Our Experienced College Coaching Attorneys Today

College coaches are often in the news for a variety of scandals, many of which involve misconduct according to federal law, the NCAA, or Title IX. At Duffy Law, we regularly work with colleges, coaches, students, and criminal defendants. We know the effects that allegations or violations can have on your career, future, and family, and we work to protect your rights and reputation. If you’ve encountered any legal problems in your coaching role, please contact our office by calling (203) 946-2000 or contacting us online as soon as possible.

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