Los Angeles Title IX Lawyers
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Providing A Skilled Defense to Title IX Allegations
Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972 is a federal law prohibiting gender discrimination against students and employees of educational institutions. Specifically, Title IX provides that "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."
Originally designed to provide equal access to facilities for all students, Title IX has been expanded to make sexual misconduct by students a form of discrimination. Title IX compels schools and colleges to investigate and punish students for acts of sexual misconduct. But school officials are often not trained or qualified to handle these types of cases.
False accusations of sexual misconduct can ruin a person’s life. If you or a loved one has been accused of sexual misconduct by a school or college, it’s essential to have an experienced Title IX attorney at your side. Call Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP at (213) 688-0460 to learn more today.
A Parallel Justice System
In recent years, Title IX cases have been shrouded in controversy due to the injustices endured by those accused of sexual assault on college campuses. Oftentimes, the educational institution will conduct an internal Title IX investigation and disciplinary hearing, routinely finding the accused student responsible for committing sexual misconduct without providing that accused student a fair hearing in accordance with the law.
According to the Atlantic Monthly, Title IX has led to the creation of a “parallel justice system” where students accused of sexual misconduct “are not always assured of due process.” In fact, schools are permitted to “act as detective, prosecutor, judge and jury.”
In many cases, students accused of sexual misconduct have been suspended or expelled from school without being able to adequately defend themselves. The accused are often “convicted” in an unfair process where they are no open hearings, and they are unable to refute the charges.
Under Title IX, students have suffered the following consequences without receiving the due process rights guaranteed to every citizen by the United States Constitution:
- Labelled a sex offender
- Damaged career prospects
- Damaged reputation
- Feeling isolated from peers
- Limited opportunity to attend another college
- Undergo more than a year of hearings and investigation
Protecting Your Constitutional Rights
Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP represents students who have been accused by their educational institution of engaging in misconduct. Our attorneys have significant knowledge of disciplinary procedures and the rights to which students are entitled. We have guided accused students through all phases of disciplinary proceedings, commencing from the school’s investigation all the way through proceedings before the superior court.
Call us today at (213) 688-0460 to schedule a FREE case evaluation.
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Phone: (213) 688-0460
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Recent Case Results
- Complete Dismissal of Molestation Charges
Attorney Mark Werksman’s 29 year old client was falsely accused of molesting two neighborhood children and was subsequently charged with felony child molestation, with a significant prison sentence hanging over his head should he be convicted. Instead, at the preliminary hearing Werksman was able to convince the court to grant his client a complete dismissal of any charges.
- Decision Set Aside
Client, a college student in a faulty Title IX case, was awarded $130,000 in attorney fees.
- Probation with No Jail Time for Drug Money Laundering Charge
Wilmington man accused in New York federal court of laundering drug money through the sale of laptop computers. Mark was able to get the case transferred to federal court in Los Angeles, where he convinced the United States Attorney to reduce the charges. His client was sentenced to probation with no jail time on a misdemeanor conviction.