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March 19, 2015

Patricia Hamill Joins Attorneys to Draft Letter to be sent to Legislators in Support of Bills that Protect Students Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Patricia Hamill, a Conrad O’Brien partner, joined 13 attorneys from around the nation in drafting an open letter to key legislators representing all fifty states.  The letter urged legislators to continue to support bills that protect students that are accused of sexual misconduct. 


The letter is in response to a February 2015 open letter issued by NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education), which, along with other organizations, openly opposes proposed legislation in state legislatures nationwide that would provide students accused of sexual misconduct with the right to active representation by counsel during disciplinary hearings and/or to obtain judicial review of erroneous decisions. 


Ms. Hamill and the other signing attorneys argue that the bias outlined by NASPA in their letter impacts disastrously on students who face the full weight of punitive consequences:  suspension and/or expulsion from their college or university and the life-altering stigma of having been disciplined for sexual misconduct. 


At the letter’s close, Ms. Hamill and the other signing attorneys ask state legislators to not be swayed by arguments set forth in NASPA’s February 2015 open letter, and to support ongoing bills that protect our students.


A copy of the letter can be read here.


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