Spring 2017  Conference:
From Prevention to Best Practices

Austin, Texas    May 8-9, 2017
Free registration for invited institutions. 
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Welcome

The Consortium is a network of leading institutions dedicated to Title IX compliance and the prohibition of discrimination in higher education. 

Welcome to the May 2017 Conference of The Consortium of Title IX & Equity Officers in Higher Ed. Your hosts (Baylor University, Texas A&M University, UT Austin, and UT Southwestern Medical Center) are pleased to facilitate this meeting and welcome you as our guest.
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Venue

The University of Texas at Austin
Texas Union Building
2308 Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX 78705
TEL: (512) 475-6636
Follow this link for Union Parking 

Follow this link to visit AustinTexas.Org
Lodging Option:
DoubleTree Suites Downtown Austin
303 W. 15th Street
Austin, Texas, 78701
TEL: (512) 478-7000
DoubleTree provides a courtesy shuttle that can take guests to the Texas Union building. (Shuttle circulates every 15-20 minutes). The room rate is $189 per night + taxes (courtesy room block "Spring 2017 Consortium.")

Keynote Presentation: 
Nicole Eramo

Putting Ourselves Back in the Narrative: Crisis and opportunity in uncertain times. 
All of us who do Title IX work on campus know of the Rolling Stone article, “A Rape on Campus” and its impact on the fight against campus sexual assault. The article both sensationalized the campus sexual violence climate and furthered a simplistic and well-trodden narrative of institutional indifference to the problem. The subsequent unraveling of the article’s narrative caused many to question the existence of a campus rape problem and returned us to a tried and true rape myth – women lie. Much has been written about the article and its ugly aftermath. Often lost in the coverage of journalistic failures and “catfishing” love interests, however, is a meaningful exploration of the widely held perception that colleges and universities are indifferent to rape and rape victims.

Nicole Eramo 

University of Virginia 
Nicole Eramo, the university administrator at the center of the now retracted Rolling Stone story, will talk about the trope of “institutional indifference” and how the shifting ground of Title IX and Clery compliance and media coverage of rape as a black or white issue has left institutions struggling to keep up with ever-changing regulations, opened well-meaning administrators to career ending attacks, and often grossly mischaracterized institutional practices and motivation.

Featured Speakers

Hayley Hanson, J.D.

Partner - Husch Blackwell
As the leader of the Husch Blackwell Education Group, Hayley advises schools and colleges on compliance and governance issues involving student aid, accreditation, privacy, campus crime, state licensure, distance education, faculty, students and general employment. A member of the firm’s Healthcare, Life Sciences and Education industry team, Hayley has served as outside counsel to more than 20 institutions directly affiliated with a hospital system, providing higher education support to the colleges of allied health. In addition to regularly updating and training higher education clients on their evolving regulatory and compliance obligations, Hayley counsels on litigation and other disputes arising from federal statutes, including Title IX, Title IV, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Clery Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. She also assists clients with various risk management and compliance issues by reviewing and revising handbooks, policies and internal procedures. Hayley currently represents 16 colleges and universities undergoing OCR investigation.

Scott Schneider, J.D.

Partner - Fisher & Phillips LLP
Mr. Schneider leads national law firm Fisher & Phillips LLP’s Higher Education Practice Group where he focuses on providing counsel and litigation support on a host of higher education issues with a particular emphasis on institutional policies and handling of allegations of sex assault and violations of Title IX. Mr. Schneider is also an award-winning professor at Tulane University where he spent many years working in the Office of General Counsel and was responsible for institutional compliance with Title IX

Jeffery Nolan, J.D.

Attorney - Dinse
Jeffrey J. Nolan's litigation and counseling practice focuses on: representing employers and institutions of higher education before courts and administrative agencies in employment and student-related matters; advising employers and institutions of higher education on the resolution and legal implications of employment and student-related issues; and assisting employers and institutions of higher education in the development and implementation of appropriate policies, handbooks and training programs. 

Gina Maisto Smith, J.D. 

Partner – Cozen O’Connor
Gina focuses her practice on the institutional response to sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, child abuse, and other forms of harassment, discrimination, and criminal conduct. Gina provides consulting, counseling, and legal advice on all aspects of the institutional response to misconduct. She assists institutions in designing effective institutional responses that integrate the complex federal and state regulatory framework with the unique dynamics of trauma and the impacts of interpersonal violence on individuals and communities. Gina is frequently called upon to advise institutional clients including presidents, boards, senior leadership, and counsel on the complex intersections of trauma-informed, fair, and impartial processes with the intersecting legal landscape. Before entering private practice, Gina spent nearly two decades in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office where she investigated numerous cases, handled more than 100 jury trials, and developed unmatched experience in the investigation and prosecution of sex crimes, child abuse, and domestic violence. She also trained prosecutors, investigators, and police handling the most difficult aspect of sex crimes, child abuse, and domestic violence investigations.

Leslie M. Gomez, J.D. 

Partner – Cozen O’Connor
Leslie focuses her practice on the institutional response to sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, child abuse, and other forms of harassment, discrimination, and criminal conduct. Leslie provides consulting, counseling, and legal advice on all aspects of the institutional response to misconduct. She assists institutions in designing effective institutional responses that integrate the complex federal and state regulatory framework with the unique dynamics of trauma and the impacts of interpersonal violence on individuals and communities. Leslie regularly advises presidents, boards, senior leadership, counsel, student affairs, human resources, campus law enforcement, Title IX Coordinators, and other campus partners in implementing trauma-informed, fair, and impartial processes. Prior to private practice, Leslie served as an assistant district attorney at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office for 14 years. She handled complex child abuse, kidnapping, domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault cases for more than 11 years. She regularly prosecuted cases involving very young and especially vulnerable children, children with special needs or disabilities, children who were long-term victims of incest or child abuse, and children who were victims of serial pedophiles and repeat sexual offenders. 

All Other Speakers

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Conference Schedule

May 7, 2017

Sunday

5:30 p.m. Travel From Doubletree Hotel to the Oasis Restaurant
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Informal Dinner and Meet and Greet at Oasis Restaurant
May 8, 2017

Monday

7:30 - 8 a.m. Shuttle Services From Doubletree Hotel or 15-minute walk to UT Austin campus
8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast and Welcome (UNB 3.304)
8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Investigating Intimate Partner Violence: 
-Jeffrey Nolan, J.D. (DINSE)  (UNB 3.304)


10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Problematic Consent Issues. An Interactive Dialogue and Scenario Based Opportunity to Work Through Complicated Consent Concerns (including Mental Health Issues) (UNB 3.304)
- Hayley Hanson, J.D., Partner - Husch Blackwell
11:30 - 12:20 p.m. Lunch
Small Group Breakout and Engagement Sessions
12:20 – 1:20 p.m. Equal Opportunity Session: (UNB 3.116)
Utilizing PeopleSoft for Data Collection
-Dr. Darron Turner - Texas Christian University’s Chief Inclusion Officer, Title IX Coordinator, and Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action officer)
12:20 – 1:20 p.m. Institutional Leadership Session: (UNB 3.304)
Resources in times of scarcity and million dollar lawsuits.
Facilitator: Jessica Sentz, UT Austin Legal 
Panel Members: 
-Paul Liebman, J.D – Chief Compliance Officer, UT Austin
-Wanda Mercer, Ed.D. - Associate Vice Chancellor, UT System


1:20 - 2:30 p.m.
Title IX and Athletics: Hot Issues for Title IX Compliance Personnel: (UNB 3.304)
-Scott Schneider, J.D., Partner - Fisher & Phillips LLP; Shoshanna Engel, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics - Georgia Tech


2:30 - 2:40 p.m.
Break and Refreshments
2:40 – 3:50 p.m. Putting Ourselves Back in the Narrative: Crisis and opportunity in uncertain times.
- Nicole Eramo, Former University of Virginia Associate Dean of Students (UNB 3.304)
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3:50 – 4:30 p.m. Consortium Membership Voting of Officers and General Business Meeting
4:30 p.m. Shuttle Services
From UT-Austin Student Union to Doubletree Hotel
6:00– 7:30 p.m. Reception and Happy Hour
(@ Doubletree Suites)
May 9, 2017

Tuesday

7:30 - 8:00 a.m.  Shuttle Services
From Doubletree Hotel to UT-Austin Campus
Or
15 minute walk to UT-Austin 
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast (UNB 3.502)
8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Advanced Issues in Title IX and VAWA Implementation (UNB 3.502)
- Gina Maisto Smith, J.D. Partner – Cozen O’Connor, Leslie M. Gomez, J.D. Partner – Cozen O’Connor 
Small Group Breakout and Engagement Sessions
10:00 -11:00am. Equal Opportunity Session: (UNB 3.116)
Critical updates on Significant EO cases affecting higher education and an ADA update
- Lorinda Holloway, J.D., Managing Partner - Husch Blackwell (Austin); Hayley Hanson, J.D., Partner - Husch Blackwell
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Title IX Session:  (UNB 3.502)
When Title IX and Free Speech Collide: Considerations in the Modern Political Age;
-Tamra English, J.D., Senior Associate General Counsel - University of Texas System; Jeffrey Graves, J.D., Associate Vice President for Legal Affairs - UT-Austin

11:00 – 12:00 p.m. Equal Opportunity Session: (UNB 3.116)
Federal Contractor Initiatives and What to Expect from the Trump Administration 
-Shafeeqa W. Giarratani, J.D., Co-Managing Shareholder - Ogletree Deakins (Austin)
11:00 – 12:00 p.m Title IX Session: (UNB 3.502)
Panel on Best Practices for Trauma Informed Investigations  - Jeff Nolan, J.D. (
- Jeff Nolan, J.D. (DINSE); James Dockery, J.D., Assistant VP of Institutional Equity and Compliance and Title IX Coordinator, University of Texas at Dallas
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.  Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault: The Blueprint for Campus Police: Responding to Sexual Assault: (UNB 3.502)
- Caitlin Sully, LMSW – Director of Sexual Assault Research & Director of Strategic Partnerships, University of Texas at Austin &  David Carter - Chief of Police, University of Texas at Austin
Small Group Breakout and Engagement Sessions
2:00 -3:00 p.m. Institutional Leadership Session: (UNB 3.502)
Maintaining your message in the storm (Baylor University)            
2:00 -3:00 p.m. Title IX Session: (UNB 3.116)
West Virginia University's Peer Advocate Program Development, Implementation, and Expansion
3:00 p.m. Adjourn

Thank You to Our Sponsors

We would like to give a special thanks to our sponsors for support The Consortium and providing Title IX and Equity Officers with an opportunity to proactively make positive changes within the Higher Education community!