Patricia Hamill is a shareholder in the firm of Conrad O’Brien, and she is co-chair of the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation Practice Group. Patricia also represents college students who have been suspended, expelled from or otherwise disciplined by their colleges following campus disciplinary hearings for alleged sexual misconduct Student Code violations. Patricia oftentimes attempts to resolve the cases behind-the scenes and avoid litigation, and, where resolution cannot be achieved, filing lawsuits against the colleges on the basis that the college’s investigation and adjudication procedures failed to ensure these students fundamental due process rights, discriminated against them on the basis of sex, and breached the school’s contractual obligations with respect to its handling of misconduct allegations. Of note, Patricia represented an expelled student in Title IX/breach of contract litigation against Swarthmore College. The case settled, with the College vacating the finding of responsibility for sexual misconduct and the sanction of expulsion after information came to light that raised “questions about the impartiality of the College Judiciary Panel” and the College agreed that the “new information rais[ed] sufficient questions about the fairness of the hearing to warrant vacating the Panel’s findings and sanctions.”
Justin Dillon is an attorney and partner at Kaiser Legrand & Dillon PLLC and has successfully represented students in campus disciplinary matters and has deep experience in higher education cases, focusing on procedural errors in how schools handle the disciplinary process. His firm has written about them in several major newspapers including the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. According to Justin, “As someone who has seen firsthand how colleges routinely trample the rights of accused students in campus sexual assault cases, I am honored to join FACE’s Board of Advisors and help it advocate for due process for everyone in these cases.
Ashe Schow is a columnist for the Washington Examiner focusing on gender issues. Previously she was an editor and writer for the Heritage Foundation and Heritage Action.
Tom Golden, LCSW is the author of two books on men’s unique paths to heal titled Swallowed by a Snake: The Gift of the Masculine Side of Healing, and The Way Men Heal. He is working on a third book helping moms get close to their sons. Tom has given workshops on this topic in the U.S., Australia, Canada and Europe. His work has been featured in the NY Times, the Washington Post, on CNN, CBS Evening News, ESPN, the NFL Channel and others. He built the first interactive web site for the bereaved in 1995 and also served as the vice chairman of the Maryland Commission for Men’s Health. He lives outside Washington DC.
Hanna Stotland has been a well-known figure in the admissions world since 1997, when she was admitted to Harvard College with a G.E.D. Hanna flunked out of high school and worked full time for two years. She then entered Bryn Mawr College, excelled academically, and transferred to Harvard College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Hanna received her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School. She completed two federal judicial clerkships and practiced law in Chicago. Hanna left legal practice in 2008 to become a full-time career and educational counselor. She is based in Chicago, but works with client families nationwide. She is a frequent speaker at high school career days and community events encouraging young people to reach for college. Hanna's unique experience as a former troubled teen who overcame her mistakes gives her unusual sensitivity to the challenges young people face. She is a nationally recognized expert on counseling students with application irregularities.
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Eric Rosenberg, attorney at Rosenberg & Ball Co. LPA has provided legal counsel to students falsely accused of sexual assaults since 2010. Mr. Rosenberg also teaches business law to MBA students at Ohio Dominican University. From 2008-2012, he 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.