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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 collegeSee More Case Results
I was introduced to Attorney Duffy by my criminal defense attorney because I was fighting both a criminal charge and a conduct code violations charge. Felice's office responded right away and she and I met by Zoom video. She and her team were respectful, professional and super knowledgeable. They made everything clear and easily understandable. They knew exactly what questions to ask the school officials to get them to focus on the facts that supported my case. I was incredibly well prepared. I knew what I was going to say before I went in to my interviews and how to react to the many questions that would have tripped me up. I got probation, which was definitely the best possible outcome and I couldn’t have gotten that without Attorney Duffy’s help.
“When your kid is accused of a serious conduct code violation at his college, you quickly learn that there’s a whole different set of rules in place than in the real world. There are no legal standards, no assurances of a “fair trial.” You're presumed guilty and you have to backtrack and prove why you’re NOT guilty. We pretty quickly realized that we needed strong legal representation and guidance. Our son was completely falsely accused and we were ready to dig in to clear his name.
Felice's truly unique background and deep experience with navigating the school’s process was amazing. She made it clear that our son was the client, not us (his parents). She worked with him extensively and earned his total trust. He felt empowered that he had the right person in his corner to defend him. Felice gave our whole family a sense a calm and confidence.
Thanks to incredibly hard work by Felice and her team, our son was found “not responsible” (meaning innocent of any wrongdoing). The outcome was everything we could have hoped for.
I have already recommended Felice to a friend who’s son was caught up in a serious, very complicated conduct code charge, and I will continue to recommend her to any student or parent without reservation.”
Parent of a private college senior
“I selected the firm after doing extensive research trying to locate an attorney that specializes in sexual assault cases on university campuses. Late one night I emailed her for a consult just to see what she had to say. By 6:30am the next morning she had already emailed me back leaving her information for me to call her. I was impressed by her promptness and early morning response. Our criminal attorney informed our family that this simply wasn’t his specialty and strongly recommended we hire someone who really understood how university disciplinary systems work.
In our culture, we are not often trusting and it took a huge step of faith to consider someone we didn’t know (much less one from out of state) to defend our son.
Based on her collegiate athletic background I felt that she would have a better understanding of our case as our son is a D1 athlete. Based on that and her professional accomplishments I felt like she was driven and determined and she clearly had the ability to understand the laws associated with Title IX.
Bottom line is that our son was found 100% not responsible (meaning not guilty) of the extremely serious charges that were brought against him by a female student.
Felice Duffy and her team were professional, focused, responsive and did a great job throughout the entire stressful ordeal. When we think about how badly and unfairly our son might have been treated by the school, we truly count our blessings that we found Ms. Duffy.”
Parent of a College Sophomore, OhioSee More Client Testimonials
Colleges We Serve
Here are just some of the schools where we’ve represented students, faculty, coaches, and staff:
- Amherst College
- Arkansas State University
- Bowling Green State University
- Charter Oak State College
- Colgate University
- College of the Holy Cross
- Columbia University
- Connecticut College
- Dartmouth College
- Fairfield University
- Flagler College
- Florida State University
- Guilford College
- Howard University
- Illinois Institute of Technology
- Indiana University
- Lesley University
- Marist College
- Marquette University
- Miami University
- Mississippi University
- Pennsylvania State University
- Plymouth State University
- Quinnipiac University
- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- Sacred Heart University
- South Carolina State University
- St. John's University
- St. Lawrence University
- Syracuse University
- Tallahassee Comm. College
- Touro University
- Trinity College
- Tufts University
- University of Connecticut
- University of Kansas
- 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
- Utah University School of Medicine
- Virginia Wesleyan University
- Washington University at St. Louis
- Wesleyan University
- Westfield State University
- Wheaton College
- Yale University
Experienced Attorneys Advising Students, Faculty, and Schools on Title IX Matters
Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 is one of the most misunderstood federal laws. However, if you are a student or employee of a federally funded school, you need to fully understand your rights and obligations under Title IX. Title IX applies to public K-12 schools, as well as colleges and universities. Because most higher educational institutions accept federal financial aid and other funding, the large majority of colleges and universities—both public and private—are subject to the rules and obligations of Title IX.
Many different legal conflicts and complaints can arise under Title IX, putting a lot at stake. If you find yourself involved in a Title IX matter, you need advice and guidance from an attorney with a thorough understanding of Title IX law. At Duffy Law, our highly experienced attorneys regularly consult with clients regarding a range of Title IX issues, so please do not hesitate to contact us for a consultation today.
Assisting Students and Employees
Both students and employees of schools have strict protections against sex and gender discrimination under Title IX. Such discrimination can occur in many ways, including:
- Sexual assault and harassment
- Disparate disciplinary policies based on gender
- Inequitable treatment or funding of athletic programs and opportunities
- Unequal opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) or career technical education (CTE)
- Employment discrimination
- Pregnancy discrimination
Furthermore, students and employees have protections against retaliatory treatment when they voice a complaint about a possible Title IX violation. Unfortunately, many parties ignore the law and engage in discriminatory and harmful conduct against students and employees who complain about mistreatment. If you think a college or university violated your Title IX rights, turn to Duffy Law. We regularly listen to the stories of possible victims and help answer important questions.
Did unlawful harassment or discrimination happen to you? Sometimes, it may feel like you were the victim of unlawful sex discrimination, but many people fail to speak up because they simply aren’t certain. Instead of ignoring the matter or living with possible violations of your rights, consult with a knowledgeable Title IX attorney who can evaluate what happened. We regularly advise both students and employees as to whether conduct constituted a Title IX violation or not, whether the issue involves employment discrimination, sexual assault, retaliation, or any other misconduct under the law.
What are your options? Even if you’re certain a party violated your rights, you may not know where to begin to take action to seek the legal relief you deserve. Forms of relief will vary in different situations involving Title IX depending on the circumstances of the situation and type of violation. Some options may include:
- Reporting sexual misconduct to obtain necessary protections and seek disciplinary measures against the offender, including expulsion for students or termination for employees
- Seeking equal funding, equipment, or access to facilities for a women’s athletic team or another school program
- Seeking back pay or reinstatement after an act of sex-based employment discrimination or retaliation
If a school fails to respond to an initial Title IX complaint or parties engage in retaliatory conduct, you have the right to file a lawsuit against the school for a violation of your Title IX rights.
What are your rights if someone accused you of misconduct? The highly knowledgeable Title IX lawyers at Duffy Law have extensive experience defending students facing accusations of sexual misconduct. If you’re in this position, you have important legal rights under the law. First and foremost, you have the constitutional right to due process before a school can make a finding of misconduct and take disciplinary action against you.
Many schools have investigative and disciplinary processes that fail to uphold an accused student’s due process rights. Duffy Law can examine the matter and advise you as to whether or not the school has violated your constitutional rights. Do not simply accept a finding of guilt or harsh disciplinary measures such as expulsion. Protect your rights by consulting our highly knowledgeable Title IX lawyers today.
Advising Schools About Title IX Matters
Let’s be honest—when it comes to Title IX compliance, the last few years have confused the nation’s schools. The Obama administration issued guidance that imposed a heavy burden on schools, and schools rushed to comply or faced nationally publicized investigations and potentially costly sanctions. The Trump administration aims to relax the standards that schools must meet when it comes to Title IX cases, but it is still entirely possible to face accusations of violations.
Regardless of the changing political tides, schools have many obligations under Title IX. Such obligations include:
- Having clear written policies against sex discrimination, including harassment and assault, that detail the reporting, investigation, and disciplinary processes
- Hiring and properly training a Title IX coordinator who investigates allegations of assault and discrimination, and who assists alleged victims
- Ensuring that someone complaining about sexual misconduct receives reasonable accommodations for protections from contact with the accused party, including counseling or housing and schedule changes
- Providing equal opportunities, access, and funding for athletics and other school-sponsored activities for both genders
Consult with Duffy Law about Title IX compliance, please contact our office to learn how we may help you.
Consult an Experienced Title IX Attorney as Soon as Possible
Are you a school with questions about Title IX compliance? Are you a student accused of sexual misconduct on a college campus? Were you the victim of sex discrimination in sports, education, or employment at a school? Were you the victim of sexual misconduct? Do you believe that your school mishandled your Title IX complaint?
In any of the above situation, the highly knowledgeable Title IX lawyers at Duffy Law can help. Our background and extensive experience provides a unique understanding of Title IX claims and allows us to serve as a dedicated advocate for Title IX rights. Call (203) 946-2000 or contact us online for a Title IX consultation today.