Category: Firm News
With Jonathan Helwink After recently dismissing hundreds of a single complainant’s website accessibility cases due to a lack of sufficient agency resources, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that it is launching a new proactive technical assistance initiative to help schools of all types in making […]
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (“PASPA”) in the case of Murphy, Governor of New Jersey, et. al. v. National Collegiate Athletic Assn, et. al. For more than 25 years, PASPA had prohibited all but a handful of grandfathered states from […]
Debbie Osgood, partner at HMBR, will be speaking as a panelist before the U.S. Commissions on Civil Rights, May 11th, 2018. Debbie will be discussing harassment in education and OCR’s role in addressing harassment. To watch the USCCR session on hate crimes, click here. To read Debbie’s address to the […]
Debbie Osgood, partner at HMBR, has been quoted in the New York Times April 21, 2018 issue discussing the changes to the Office for Civil Rights case processing procedures. Click here to read the full article.
Debbie Osgood, partner at HMBR, appears on the March 18, 2018 airing of Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien. Debbie discusses balancing the need to encourage victims of sexual assault to come forward while protecting due process for the accused.
HMBR is regularly invited to discuss the latest Title IX trends at training, sessions, and workshops with Title IX administrators and higher education leaders. We are often asked: What are the courts doing in student respondent litigation? What steps can we take to lessen our risks in this area?
The website for the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), now includes a complete list of all open cases under investigation at OCR. Unlike the widely-cited “Title IX Tracker,” which includes open OCR sexual violence cases at colleges and universities, OCR’s new list includes: all schools and all of the civil rights laws enforced by OCR. This means that the list includes cases open against colleges, universities, and elementary and secondary school districts and that the issues include alleged discrimination on the basis of sex, race, national origin, color, disability, or age, and under the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act.
On October 21, 2017, Patrick E. Deady participated in the annual fall law student program sponsored by the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers 7th Circuit Fellows in Chicago. The all-day program is designed for law students interested in the practice of labor and employment law from schools in Illinois, Wisconsin and […]
Debbie Osgood will speak on Title IX at The Atlantic’s third annual Education Summit in Washington, DC on April 11, 2017. For more information, visit the Summit’s website.
On February 15, 2017, Richard L. Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO, appointed Patrick E. Deady to the Board of Directors of the AFL-CIO’s Lawyers Coordinating Committee (LCC). The forty-five LCC Board members help to shape the programs and priorities of the Committee, which meets annually to provide continuing legal education to lawyers […]