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Holwell Shuster & Goldberg Files Amicus Brief in Sixth Circuit Civil Rights Case

05.08.2019

New York—Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP today filed an amicus brief with the Sixth Circuit in Jane Doe v. University of Kentucky, a case concerning who is protected by Title IX—the historic civil rights statute prohibiting sex discrimination at educational institutions and other federally funded entities.

HSG filed the brief on behalf of the National Women’s Law Center and dozens of other leading women’s rights, civil rights, and legal organizations. Filed in support of plaintiff-appellant Jane Doe, a community college student who alleged that the University of Kentucky (“UK”) discriminated against her after she reported being sexually assaulted in her UK dorm by a UK student, the brief urges the Sixth Circuit to vacate the district court’s ruling that non-students do not having standing under Title IX.

The brief states: “If the district court’s decision is not vacated, it will set a dangerous precedent and exclude large classes of people from Title IX’s protections, including those who participate meaningfully in the educational communities fostered by colleges and universities.”

The full brief, which was submitted by HSG partner Demian Ordway and associate M. Theodore Takougang, is available here.

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