I believe the most important (and rewarding) thing we do as lawyers is champion and protect the rights of individuals.
That’s why I focus on Title IX and other academic and student life misconduct disputes — because undergrads and graduate students need help navigating procedures that are too often unclear or poorly run (or both). The issues at stake are too important to face alone or with blind faith in the tribunals conducted by schools.
THE VIEW FROM INSIDE ACADEMIA
I understand academic institutions from both the inside and outside. As a student, I was a lacrosse player and an All-American swimmer, and I worked as a Resident Assistant and academic peer tutor. I then taught and earned tenure as a history professor at a major United States research university (the Georgia Institute of Technology) before leaving to earn a degree in the law at Yale Law School.
MY LEGAL BACKGROUND
I began my legal career in Massachusetts, where I clerked for the Hon. Ralph D. Gants, the sitting Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court — the oldest acting court in the United States (which was founded to counter the injustice of the Salem Witch Trials). But I have represented clients across the United States, in courts from Washington and California to New England.
I moved to Connecticut in 2015 and joined the law firm Day Pitney, LLP, where I represented educational and religious institutions in disputes involving allegations of historical sex abuse and sexual misconduct. This experience was invaluable in understanding how schools and their legal counsel position themselves in such disputes.
Additionally, I tried cases and represented clients in diverse matters ranging from labor and employment disputes, business frauds, and defamation cases.
At Duffy Law, I get to leverage all of my unique background to help students and professors meet any and all legal and institutional challenges they may face.