Families Advocating for Campus Equality
Board of Directors
Garrett became involved with FACE after learning about college students facing biased disciplinary panels and arbitrary expulsion based on expansive definitions of sexual assault and requiring only the lowest possible standard of proof. Since becoming aware of this issue, Garrett has lobbied against both California’s affirmative consent law and similar federal laws and regulations, has been quoted in articles on the subject, and written articles on lawsuits filed by young students claiming to have been falsely accused.
Judith Grossman, Founding Member
Judith Grossman, an attorney who was admitted to practice in New York and California, has enjoyed a varied career in both government and the private sector. As counsel to a national trade association, Grossman has frequently testified before state legislative committees throughout the country. Her private law practice specialized in the field of employment discrimination.
This background made her especially prepared to assist in defending her son from false charges of sexual misconduct that were levied by a former girl friend more than two years after the breakup of their relationship. Although the small liberal arts college he attended ultimately failed to sustain the charges against her son, Ms. Grossman was astonished to encounter the lack of due process and fundamental fairness attendant the campus proceedings to which he was subjected.
Keenly aware that other students similarly situated were not all that likely to have an experienced attorney as a mother, Ms. Grossman decided to speak out on this issue. Her Op Ed article appearing in the Wall Street Journal generated considerable response and backlash, and, ultimately, led to her joining forces with her colleagues in the creation of FACE.
Tiffany DeChant Hunt, Secretary
Andrew’s spare time is dedicated to his wife, Jen, his three children, Isabel, Jacob and Ava and Jack the Dog.
Margot B Schonholtz
Margot’s affiliation with FACE results from her belief that no institution of higher learning should impair or destroy any person’s future based on arbitrary, inconsistently applied mandates from the government. During the time her sons have been college students, she has seen the evolution of rules governing sexual conduct on college campuses which violate basic precepts of justice in America. Margot’s goal is to help upgrade procedures to ensure that the rights of both the accuser and the accused are protected, while affording due process to the accused and justice to the accuser.
Allison Black Strange, Vice-President & Founder
Allison Black Strange is a native of the Southeastern United States. Originally born in Birmingham, Alabama, Allison spent most of her early years being raised by her mother in Spartanburg, South Carolina. After graduating high school, she attended and graduated from The College of Charleston (Charleston, S.C.) where she double-majored in French and Political Science. Allison married in 1986 and she and her husband have moved seventeen (17) times in twenty-eight (28) years of marriage, first with her husband’s career as a commissioned officer in the US Navy Nuclear Submarine force and then with Michelin North America. Together with their two children, they have lived in eight (8) different states and have gained tremendous respect for both the differences and the commonalities among the people in the various regions of the country.
In 1999, Allison completed an additional degree in Paralegal Studies and entered the work force as a Paralegal, a career which she very much enjoys. Having worked in several areas of the law, Immigration and Nationality Law has proven to be her true passion. The exposure to such a variety of different cultures, languages and customs has instilled in her an abiding appreciation for what others bring to the United States in their quests for the American Dream. She also enjoys the historical side of immigration to the United States including her own ancestors’ arrival in the American Colonies. As such, she currently serves as the Regent of a chapter of the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution.
Allison’s affiliation with FACE is the result of her son’s February, 2012 expulsion from Auburn University [Auburn, Alabama] under false accusations of rape by his former girlfriend. Although he was never arrested, charged, tried or convicted of sexual assault, Auburn University’s student disciplinary committee, with the assistance of Auburn’s Title IX Coordinator and Auburn’s Assistant Director of Public Safety chose to make sure that his presence at Auburn ceased before he could prove his innocence. Blindsided by the absurdity of the process to which he was subjected and the blatant disregard for his Constitutionally-guaranteed right to due process, Allison and her son, Joshua, have taken up the banner to affect change in the way college administrators handle serious criminal matters to ensure the application of equal treatment and legal accountability by the accuser, the accused, the investigators and the college tribunal members.
Mr. James Taranto chronicled Josh’s story in the December 7, 2013 Opinion section of the Wall Street Journal. Currently, Allison and Joshua are undertaking efforts to further publish his story in print media and through meetings and speaking engagements with colleges and universities across the country.
Joshua Strange, Victim Advocate
Sherry Warner-Seefeld, President & Founding Member
Through speaking, writing, and lobbying, Warner-Seefeld continues to draw attention to troubling occurrences of false accusations and dangers inherent in the use of a preponderance of evidence standard during university hearings, especially those which involve sexual assault allegations. Because of her belief in that constitutional protections should be applied equally and her zeal to see justice afforded to all, she has joined with other families in the creation of Families Advocating for Campus Equality (FACE).
Warner-Seefeld appeared on America Tonight, Al Jazeera America’s flagship show, speaking about “Sex Crimes on Campus.” She also participated in a national radio campaign conducted through Spence Media on behalf of SAVE (Stop Abusive and Violent Environments), appearing on programs such as the Dr. Laura Schlessinger Show, The Mike McConnell Show and WGN’s Free Talk Live. Seefeld also presented at the International Students of Liberty Conference.
In addition to teaching, Warner-Seefeld is involved in a variety of leadership roles in the North Dakota education community, including curriculum writing and teacher training. Warner-Seefeld has held governance positions in her local, state and national education associations.
Board of Advisors
Jean Barish is the mother of a son falsely accused of sexual misconduct, and a founding member of FACE.
Before joining the firm, Justin spent five-and-a-half years as an Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, DC, where he prosecuted a wide range of crimes and tried more than 60 criminal cases, including more than 20 jury trials. He authored more than a dozen appellate briefs; argued appeals in both the D.C. Court of Appeals and the D.C. Circuit; and directed more than 100 Grand Jury investigations. In 2012, the U.S. Attorney’s Office recognized him with a Special Achievement Award.
Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Justin worked at Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP (now Wiltshire & Grannis LLP) in Washington, DC, where he represented both individuals and institutions in a wide range of litigation and white-collar matters. Justin also served as lead counsel for a Division I NCAA coach charged with several recruiting violations and argued that case before both the NCAA Committee on Infractions and the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee. Justin also briefed, argued, and won, before the D.C. Court of Appeals, a double jeopardy case for a juvenile client who had been convicted of attempted murder (Sanchez v. United States, 919 A.2d 1148 (D.C. 2007)).
Early in his career, Justin served as an Honors Program trial attorney at the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and as a law clerk to The Honorable David M. Ebel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Justin graduated from Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review and captain of the winning team in the Ames Moot Court Competition. He was awarded both a Heyman Fellowship and the Dean’s Award for Community Leadership. Justin earned his undergraduate degree in English magna cum laude from Duke University.
Justin is an active member of the Edward Bennett Williams American Inn of Court and the John Carroll Society. He is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Recently, Ms. Lau’s experience includes vindicating due process violations in higher educational institutions. Ms. Lau has launched a vigorous defense to exonerate her student clients and obtain the fair and unbiased treatment they deserve. Ms. Lau has authored several expert opinion pieces including an article entitled, “The Ironic Results of the ‘Dear Colleague Letter’ on the Observance of Title IX on College Campuses,” which was published on September 13, 2013. Ms. Lau’s associations and memberships include the New York County Lawyers’ Association and the New York Women’s Bar Association.
Eric J Rosenberg