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Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose, Ltd. Names Debora L. Osgood Partner in the Firm’s Education Group

Former High-Ranking U.S. Department of Education Official for the Office for Civil Rights Will Expand Education Group’s Civil Rights Practice

CHICAGO, Illinois; March 16, 2016 – Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose, Ltd, a Chambers Ranked full-service law firm focusing on education, health care, and labor and employment, is pleased to announce that Debora L. Osgood has joined the firm as a partner in the firm’s education practice group.

Ms. Osgood served as a National Enforcement Director with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). In that role, she was part of OCR’s senior leadership team and oversaw half of OCR’s 12 regional enforcement offices. With 25 years of experience at OCR, she is nationally recognized as an expert on the civil rights issues in education. Ms. Osgood previously held the Director and Chief Attorney positions in OCR’s regional office in Chicago.

“Bringing Debbie on board is an exciting opportunity for our firm,” noted Ed Hogan, the Managing Shareholder and co-founder of Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose, Ltd. “We look forward to expanding the education group’s civil rights practice and further bolstering our firm’s reputation as a premier national educational law practice. With Debbie’s expertise, the firm will offer our current and future clients the high quality, cost-effective, and innovative legal counsel they need to successfully navigate today’s complex and evolving regulatory issues.”

Debbie has extensive knowledge and experience in addressing the legal issues faced by schools, colleges and universities, including sexual violence and harassment, issues relating to transgender students, gender equity in athletics, student discipline, racial and disability harassment, accommodations for students with disabilities, and retaliation. She provided national leadership and training to OCR staff, including training on the investigation and resolution of sexual violence cases, Title IX athletics issues and OCR’s case processing procedures.

“Debbie’s first-hand perspective on federal civil rights enforcement will be invaluable for all of our clients,” said Charlie Rose, co-chair of the firm’s education group and a former Department of Education General Counsel. “I am delighted that Debbie has joined our firm and to be working with her again,” said Dennis Cariello, co-chair of the education group and a former OCR Assistant Secretary and Deputy General Counsel for the Department’s Postsecondary and Regulatory Services.

Ms. Osgood was selected as a member of the federal government’s Senior Executive Service. Ms. Osgood has a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. in History from Brown University.  She is admitted to practice in Illinois and the District of Columbia.

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