Our blog authors are members of Franczek’s K-12 and Higher Education Practice Groups with a special passion for Title IX issues.

Amy Kosanovich Dickerson: Having practiced in the field of education law for over a decade, Amy has focused a significant part of her education law practice on counseling, training, and representing public and private K-12 schools, as well as colleges and universities, in Title IX-related issues. Amy has represented clients in all phases of the OCR complaint process regarding Title IX compliance, as well as in federal and state court litigation, and frequently reviews school policies, procedure and protocols to ensure compliance with Title IX and related federal and state laws. Using her experience and knowledge of the various state and federal laws impacting higher education institutions and K-12 schools’ responses to sexual harassment and violence, Amy regularly assists Title IX Coordinators and school administrators with responding to reports of sexual harassment or violence, from providing counseling through the various steps of the investigation process to advising on nuanced issues. Amy also frequently presents on Title IX issues and conducts trainings for Title IX Coordinators and investigators regarding all phases of the complaint and compliance process.

Emily Tulloch: Emily’s appreciation for the importance of Title IX began during her time as a college athlete; she was the Captain of the varsity volleyball team at Washington University in St. Louis. Emily built on that experience during law school, where she earned a certificate in Child and Family Law and served as president of the Education Law & Policy Society. Now, as an education lawyer,  she uses her passion to advise and represent clients facing complaints or administrative charges relating to harassment and discrimination, including those involving sexual harassment and violence and athletics issues.

Jennifer Smith: Jennifer is Co-Chair of the firm’s K-12 and Higher Education Practice Groups. Jennifer’s practice involves representing education institutions on a wide range of issues. She has extensive experience in representing higher education institutions and school districts in civil rights investigations and litigation. Jennifer has experience with sensitive internal investigations and audits for higher education institutions and school districts. Jennifer has litigation and trial experience before state and federal courts, and numerous administrative agencies. She has presented numerous Title IX presentations and has delivered several trainings to Higher Education K-12 Education institutions.

Kaitlin Atlas: Kaitlin concentrates her practice on student, special education, and Title IX related issues arising in both the public and private school sectors. Kaitlin regularly works with clients on due process matters, student discipline matters, and developing policies and procedures. Kaitlin enjoys proactively counseling clients to maintain compliance with state and federal laws. She is an active member of the Illinois Council of School Attorneys and the National Council of School Attorneys. She is a frequent speaker at the Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education, the Joint Annual Conference, and at school districts throughout the state. Kaitlin also regularly serves as a guest lecturer for school law classes.

Jenny Lee: Jenny focuses her practice on education law, advising and representing higher education and K-12 clients in a wide range of student, labor and employment, governance, and federal and state compliance matters. She has extensive experience in Title IX, civil rights, discrimination and harassment investigations, student and employee discipline, school safety and student mental health, policy development and review, curriculum, tenure, and due process issues. Jenny comes to Franczek with over a decade of experience in higher education teaching and administration. Prior to Franczek, Jenny was an English and Humanities professor and a Title IX administrator, serving as Title IX Deputy Coordinator, investigator, decision maker, and informal resolution facilitator and overseeing and conducting investigations and trainings for college leadership and students.

Jamar Orr: Jamar specializes in education law, providing comprehensive guidance and representation to higher education and K-12 clients, as well as education-based non-profit organizations. His expertise spans a wide range of student issues, business and employment matters, governance, and responses to federal and state agency complaints. Jamar brings extensive experience in student and employee discipline, employment investigations, Title IX compliance, FOIA requests, discrimination and harassment investigations, ADA/Section 504 considerations, as well as policy development and review.

In addition to our blog authors, we have a deep bench of attorneys who represent and counsel clients on Title IX matters, including:

Nicki Bazer

Dana Fattore Crumley

Mike Hernandez

Caroline Kane

Bill Pokorny

Sally Scott

Kathryn Vander Broek