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ABA AdLaw Section Webinar, 7/23 at Noon: The Department of Education’s New Title IX Regulations: A Closer Look

Education Committee


The Department of Education’s New Title IX Regulations: A Closer Look

Thursday July 23, 2020
12 pm – 1:00 pm Eastern Time Via Zoom

In May, the Department of Education issued new Title IX regulations that will dramatically change how the nation’s colleges and universities respond to allegations of sexual misconduct. The controversial new changes, which drew over 100,000 comments and are already the subject of two federal lawsuits, recalibrate institutional obligations and student rights against a shifting legal landscape. Join our expert panel as we take a closer look at what the new regulations require of institutions, how they might impact both reporting victims and students accused of sexual misconduct, how they intersect with recent appellate rulings, and more.


LAURA L. DUNN is a nationally-recognized victims’ rights attorney and social entrepreneur who has been featured in Forbes, Buzzfeed, National Law Journal, and many more. Dunn is the Founding Partner of the L.L. Dunn Law Firm, as well as a published legal scholar, an adjunct at Maryland Law, appointed member to the American Bar Association’s Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence and Criminal Justice Section Task Force on College Due Process, and a liaison to the American Law Institute’s Model Penal Code on Sexual Assault and Student Sexual Misconduct Project. Dunn is also an accomplished litigator, who helped win the first-ever recognition of a federal victim-advocate privilege, as well as an expert witness and consultant working on various campus-based gender violence lawsuits across the country. Dunn founded the national nonprofit SurvJustice upon graduation from Maryland Law. She is the recipient of a 2015 Echoing Green Global Fellowship, the 2016 Benjamin Cardin Public Service Award, and the 2017 Special Courage Award from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime, and her efforts in working with Congress on the  2013 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act earned public recognition from Vice President Joe Biden and former Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy.

PATRICIA HAMILL is a partner at Conrad O’Brien in Philadelphia, where she is Chair of the firm’s Title IX, Due Process and Campus Discipline practice. She has represented close to 200 students and professors nationwide in disciplinary matters or related litigation involving more than 70 colleges and universities. Patricia is also sought out by groups and institutions for her opinion on how to work within the framework of the changing federal laws and guidance. Given her expertise, she was invited to testify before the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) at the full committee hearing on “Reauthorizing HEA: Addressing Campus Sexual Assault and Ensuring Student Safety and Rights” in Washington DC (April 2019).

JOSEPH STORCH is an Associate Counsel in the SUNY Office of General Counsel and Chair of the Student Affairs Practice Group. He concentrates his practice on student affairs, intellectual property, and campus safety, and serves as Principal Investigator on more than $9 million in grants and external funding to support innovations in violence prevention and response on campuses and in the community. He oversees the SUNY Student Conduct Institute, which offers compliance and best practice training annually to thousands of higher education professionals engaged in response to violence and conduct violations. Joe has provided live training to tens of thousands of higher education professionals in 30 U.S. states, manages a webinar series that reaches thousands of professionals annually, furnishes technical guidance to numerous education institutions, organizations, and associations, and has twice served as an expert witness before the United States Senate. The author of more than 70 articles and book chapters in law reviews, practitioner journals, and popular media, most centering around campus safety or copyright law, Joe is the recipient of the Commissioner’s Award from the State University Police; the First Decade Award from the National Association of College & University Attorneys; the Unsung Hero Award from the One Love Foundation; and the Straight But Not Narrow award from the Pride Center of the Capital Region.

Moderator:  WILL CREELEY, Co-Chair, Education Committee, Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section


NO CLE Credit is available for this program.  Registration is Limited and will close when capacity is reached.  Deadline for Registration is Tuesday July 21, 2020 at 5 pm ET. Registration is required for all participants. 

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