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June 24, 2021

Conrad O’Brien Title IX Group Co-Authors FIRE’s ‘Practitioner’s Guide’ for attorneys handling Title IX cases

Today, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has announced the release of its “Title IX Hearings and Litigation: A Practitioner’s Guide.”


This guide was co-authored by Patricia Hamill, the Chair of the Title IX, Due Process and Campus Discipline practice at Conrad O’Brien, P.C. Patricia worked together with Justin Dillon, a partner at KaiserDillon PLLC in Washington, D.C., in authoring this guide. Hamill and Dillon are two of the nation’s leading Title IX lawyers and are members of FIRE’s Legal Network, an association of volunteer attorneys nationwide who stand ready to defend student and faculty rights. Lorie Dakessian, Vice Chair of the Conrad O’Brien Title IX practice also contributed to the guide based on her own years of experience doing Title IX work.


With possible changes to the Title IX regulations on the horizon, the need for skilled representation for every student is imperative in order to ensure that all are treated fairly and have access to capable representation. All students benefit from fundamentally fair campus disciplinary hearings; a trusted advisor or attorney often have an enormous impact in matters involving allegations of sexual misconduct or code of conduct violations.


“We are pleased that FIRE asked us to be part of drafting this important guide based on our years of experience representing hundreds of students and faculty nationwide,” said Hamill. “We are hopeful the guide proves a valuable resource, and we are honored to be asked to contribute to FIRE’s efforts to champion the individual rights of students and faculty.” 


A digital and print version of “Title IX Hearings and Litigation: A Practitioner’s Guide” is available free of charge to Legal Network attorneys, and practicing attorneys are invited to join.


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