Practice Areas: Campus Security

Breaches of Campus Security occur with greater frequency than the public is generally aware.  Instances of violent and other crimes, including murder, rape and sexual assault, are now subject to mandatory annual disclosure by institutions of higher learning as a precondition to receipt of federal funding under the Jeanne Clery Campus Security Act (20 USC § 1092(f)).  In an attempt to reduce liability for the large volume of cases, the universities defend these cases with inordinate vigor, often with little or no regard for the welfare of their students.  The Firm’s experience in this area and working relationship with leading experts in campus security and Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (“PTSD”) serves to overcome these defenses.  Invariably the perpetrators of the crimes are brought to justice, security at the universities is improved substantially, and monetary payments are made as some measure of compensation for the damage that has been done.

Representative Cases

  • Doe v. Columbia University.  Represented victim of rape and sexual assault in action for damages for breach of campus security in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.
  • Anonymous v. Anonymous.  Represented victim of felony sexual assault in action for damages in New York Supreme Court and related Manhattan Criminal Court proceedings involving a leading university located in the New York metropolitan area.
  • Doe v. Howard University.  Represented victim of rape and sexual assault in actions for damages for breach of campus security in the U.S. District and Superior Courts in the District of Columbia.

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