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Families Advocating for Campus Equality

Board of Directors


Cynthia Garrett

Cynthia Garrett is an attorney admitted to the bar in California where she lives with her husband, along with two dogs and two cats. Garrett earned her Juris Doctor at the University of San Diego School of Law where she was a published member of the Law Review and graduated Summa Cum Laude, and her undergraduate degree from Rollins College in Florida, where she graduated with Highest Distinction.Garrett worked as a social worker for a few years before entering law school, and practiced civil litigation for several years with Luce, Forward Hamilton & Scripps and Baker & McKenzie, before retiring to raise three children. During that time Garrett volunteered with her children’s schools and served on the boards of two nonprofits focused on foster children.
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

Tiffany DeChant Hunt and her husband live in Cincinnati, Ohio with their four children. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation, Master’s Degree in Physical Education, and pursued her PhD in Higher Education Administration while working as a Teaching Assistant at Ohio University. Tiffany has successfully translated her personal passion into a professional career which has encompassed working in the Education, Recreation, and Health and Wellness fields. Stunned, appalled and devastated by the unjust campus adjudication process that her son suffered at his university, Tiffany joined FACE to promote advocacy, awareness, and education.





Andrew Miltenberg
Andrew Miltenberg is a founding partner of Nesenoff & Miltenberg, LLP. A veteran trial lawyer, he concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation and business torts, including partnership and shareholder disputes, real estate litigation, construction litigation and fraudulent conveyance/alter ego and successor liability litigation. Miltenberg also regularly handles defamation litigation, First Amendment litigation and Internet-related matters. Recently, Mr. Miltenberg has become one of a handful of “go-to” lawyers championing the Title IX rights of students expelled or suspended from universities. A passionate advocate, colleagues often seek Miltenberg as trial counsel for his aggressive yet efficient tactical choices, thorough preparation and composure. With exceptional strategic vision, Miltenberg has tried numerous matters to verdict in both state and federal courts as well as before arbitration panels. He is regularly called upon to guide clients through complex business decisions in an effort to avoid litigation and, when necessary, to set the stage for successful litigation. Nesenoff & Miltenberg, LLP, in business since 1992, prides itself on its dedicated, thoughtful and commonsense approach to law and business.

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 B. Schonholtz has been a practicing lawyer for more than 35 years. She applies business, financial and legal expertise to prevent and resolve complex and contentious commercial litigation and commercial bankruptcy matters. Margot married in 1981, and she and her husband raised three sons in Brooklyn, New York.

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

Sherry Warner-Seefeld, speaks out against false accusations of sexual assault on behalf of her son Caleb Warner who was falsely accused of sexual assault by a female student at the University of North Dakota.  Mr. Warner was expelled from the North Dakota university system after he was found guilty in a university disciplinary hearing which used the preponderance of evidence standard. In spite of the fact that local law enforcement never arrested or charged Mr. Warner but instead, after a three month investigation, issued an arrest warrant against his accuser for filing a false police report, the University of North Dakota refused to rescind Warner’s expulsion. After Ms. Warner-Seefeld waged a tenacious and lengthy battle against the University of North Dakota to clear her son’s name, UND vacated all sanctions levied against Caleb Warner.

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



Justin Dillon

Justin Dillon is a partner at The Kaiser Law Firm PLLC, where he represents individuals and small businesses in white-collar criminal and complex civil litigation cases.

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.



Kimberly Lau

Kimberly C. Lau concentrates her practice on commercial litigation, Title IX actions and intellectual property.  She received her B.A. with highest honors in 2003 from Syracuse University and her J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law in 2006 as Chancellor’s Scholar.  Over the years, Ms. Lau has obtained several successes for her clients, including a $2 million dollar judgment in a real estate partnership dispute, and a unanimous jury verdict in an adverse possession action.  

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

Eric J. Rosenberg earned his J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law in 1998.  Eric has provided legal counsel to students falsely accused of sexual assaults since 2010.  He practices law at Rosenberg & Ball Co. LPA., a firm that offers a wide range of legal services to businesses, non-profits, and individuals.  In addition to practicing law, Eric is an adjunct faculty member at Ohio Dominican University where he teaches business law to MBA students.   And, from 2008-2012, Eric served as Executive Director of Trade Justice Mission - a non-profit creating economic development opportunities for trafficked, impoverished, and marginalized women in Asia, Africa, and North America. 






      Susan Kaplan




Susan Kaplan is a litigator in New York City specializing in civil rights and discrimination actions. Dr. Kaplan is also a former academic and taught literature at Cambridge University in the UK and was an assistant professor of English at the Virginia Military Institute, where she was the founder and director of the college’s honors program. As a lawyer and an academic, she brings a unique perspective to the legality of Title IX and its place in the academy. In particular, she is most interested in constitutionally protected due process rights, and joins with FACE to address issues in connection with Title IX and due process.