Today, the U.S. Department of Education issued a "Dear Colleague" letter containing "significant guidance" summarizing and explaining the views of the Department of Education and Department of Justice on the applicability of Title IX to transgender students. The letter is accompanied by a Department of Education document titled "Examples of Policies and Emerging Practices for Supporting Transgender Students."
The guidance documents make clear that the Department of Education will treat gender identity as functionally equivalent to the student's sex for purposes of Title IX compliance. In short, schools receiving federal funds "must not treat a transgender student differently from the way it treats other students of the same gender identity."
The Department of Education asserts that this guidance does not constitute new law but simply offers "information and examples" to help covered schools comply with the law. However, the guidance immediately attracted extensive media attention and clearly indicates that covered schools should pay attention to what will likely be a contentious area of regulatory and investigative focus.
Day Pitney LLP and Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC recently announced the launch of their joint Title IX Investigations Initiative. This initiative will allow the firms to provide existing and new clients fuller services in the wake of a growing number of Title IX investigations. The initiative will encompass regulatory inquiries and investigations likely to be generated by increased attention to Title IX issues in the context of transgender students.
On March 26, D.C. Counsel Steven Cash will be featured on live webinar, "When Congress Comes Calling: Unique Rights and Wrongs for Oversight and Investigation Targets," presented by the Washington Legal Foundation (WLF).
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Dan Wenner and Stan Twardy authored an article, "Forfeiture and the Eighth Amendment," published in the January/February issue of GPSolo Magazine, a publication of the American Bar Association.
Steven Cash authored an analysis article, "What to Do When a Client Receives a Subpoena From Congress," published by the New York Law Journal.
On February 5, partners Dan Wenner and Jed Davis will present a webinar, "Cybersecurity Incident Report: Applying Reason And Rigor To Control Chaos," produced by PLAC (formerly the Product Liability Advisory Council).
Jed Davis was quoted in an article, "Manager Data in Peril from Growing Cyber Threats," published by FundFire, a Financial Times news service for professionals working in the high net worth and institutional investment management industry.
Stan Twardy appeared live on the RNN-TV program "Richard French Live," a nightly news talk show.
Washington, D.C.-based counsel Steven Cash was quoted in an article, "Five Tantalizing Questions About Mueller's Investigation," published by The Hill.
Washington, D.C.-based counsel Steven Cash was quoted in an article, "Rule Change Sharpens Dem Investigations into Trump," published by The Hill.