By: Nell Gluckman
Partners Paul Thaler and Chris Carusone were mentioned in The American Lawyer article, “Law Firms See Opportunity in Wave of Campus Sex Claims,” on April 1, 2016. The full article is available on The American Lawyer website.
As colleges and universities across the country face a growing number of sexual misconduct allegations filed under Title IX, some lawyers see a niche waiting to be filled.
Title IX, designed to enforce gender equality on campuses, was signed into law by President Nixon in 1972. It has only recently been applied to sexual misconduct allegations, however, compelling schools to launch internal investigations into how they handle such complaints and whether their responses are discriminatory.
Now Day Pitney and Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman have launched a joint initiative that promises to equip colleges and universities with the tools they need to run Title IX investigations.
“What we’re hearing is that it is an area of deep concern,” said Day Pitney counsel Steven Cash. “It’s an increasing burden on their resources, this kind of investigation.”
The firms plan to bring together their experience in corporate investigations, law enforcement and university representation, they said.
Cash, a white-collar defense litigator, will work with Day Pitney white-collar and internal investigations group chair Helen Harris. They will join forces with Cohen Seglias Washington, D.C., managing partner Paul Thaler, who regularly works with higher education institutions, and litigation partner Christopher Carusone. (Cohen Seglias is a 60-lawyer firm with offices in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.)