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Experienced advocacy for Title IX cases, ensuring your voice is heard
K Altman Law:
Your Trusted Partner for Title IX Advocacy
When facing Title IX cases, K. Altman Law is the ally you need. Our team is deeply committed to safeguarding students' rights and upholding justice in education. With decades of combined experience, attorneys Keith Altman and Nikki Camiso provide compassionate and thorough representation, taking on cases from K-12 schooling to graduate, medical, and law schools. We excel in mediation, arbitration, and trial proceedings, ensuring every voice is heard, and each case is treated with the care it deserves. Our firm's reputation is built upon a deep commitment to equality and fairness, making us the go-to for anyone navigating the intricacies of Title IX. Choose K. Altman Law, and let our experience, compassion, and dedication guide you towards a favorable outcome.
Securing justice for a student falsely accused (Respondent)
Facing allegations of sexual assault, our client’s mental health had deteriorated and he saw little chance that he could successfully defend himself. There were no witnesses to the incident and no solid evidence to exonerate him. However, our scrutiny of the complainant’s allegations found them to be purely circumstantial and without basis. Our evaluation of the supposed evidence and close examination of her contradictory claims throughout the investigation showed that her story was unreliable and did not meet the standard of proof. Our attorney’s cross-examination during the hearing uncovered her lies and resulted in a decision that our client was innocent. The accuser then appealed the outcome and the decision was overturned. We fought back and brought the school’s attorney into the matter to revoke the unsubstantiated decision and assess due process violations. After almost nine months of defending our client, the Title IX Coordinator found that the decision was flawed and overturned the finding of guilt.
Achieving justice for a victim of Title IX (Complainant)
Our client, a Freshman Nursing major at a small Midwestern college, reached out to us for support after filing a Title IX complaint against a classmate who sexually assaulted her at a party. She was deeply troubled by the attack and faced ongoing fear for her safety. The firm immediately acted to ensure a no-contact order was in place to protect her from her attacker, whose legal representation was aggressively fighting the charges. From initial interview and lengthy investigation to the final hearing, we stood shoulder-to-shoulder with her through interview coaching and analysis of the investigator’s reports to reveal holes in the attacker’s story and expose his lies. We won the case and were successful in fighting the attacker’s appeal, resulting in a finding of guilt and sanctions that held him accountable.
Meet the Attorneys
Keith Altman, Esquire
Founder - Lead Attorney
Keith Altman, the compassionate and dedicated founder of K Altman Law, guides a national law firm that fervently champions the cause of student defense and intricate litigation issues. His exceptional legal prowess has earned him admission to federal courts across California, Michigan, Maryland, the esteemed U.S. Court of Appeals, and even the United States Supreme Court.
With a deep understanding and an empathetic approach, Mr. Altman has carved out a strong niche in the field of Title IX matters. He has diligently stood by both complainants and respondents, ensuring their voices are heard and justice served. His valuable work spans both the K-12 and university levels, highlighting his commitment to supporting individuals dealing with Title IX matters at various stages of their educational journey.
Nikki Camiso, Esq.
Nikki Camiso, with a heart deeply rooted in advocating for student rights, is K. Altman Law's dedicated Student Defense attorney. Her distinguished career spans nearly two decades, a testament to her enduring commitment as a trial attorney. She has championed the rights of students at every educational phase - from their earliest years, through graduate school, and up to their professional pursuits in medical and law schools.
With her extensive experience, she has become a beacon of hope for clients at all stages of mediation and arbitration. Her invaluable skills not only embody the essence of our student defense practice, but also provide a comforting presence for those seeking justice in their educational journey.
What Is Title IX?
Enacted by the United States Congress in 1972, Title IX is a federal law. The core principle of Title IX is the following: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
Title IX is part of several amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965 known as the Education Amendments of 1972. Under Title IX, schools receiving federal funds must not discriminate against students based on sex. Also, schools must not allow sex discrimination to occur, and schools must adopt policies and procedures implementing and enforcing Title IX. The following prohibitions are only some of the conduct that is prohibited under Title IX:
Assisting any agency, organization, or person to engage in sexual discrimination
Enforcing student housing rules in an unequal manner based on sex
Denying any person aid, benefits, or services on the basis of sex
Providing different aid, benefits, or services on the basis of sex
Treating one person differently than others when determining aid, benefits, or services
As its interpretation has evolved over the past few decades, Title IX has now become the primary mechanism schools use to address nearly every instance of sexual misconduct. Title IX was enacted to end sexual discrimination in schools.
What If I Am Facing Title IX Allegations?
Being accused of sexual misconduct is an alarming experience. You may not know the origins of the allegations. It is more than likely that a person you are close to made the Title IX allegations. Under Title IX, you must undergo an investigation. If you are found guilty, you may face severe penalties. Suspension and expulsion are the two most common sanctions enforced against those found to have committed sexual misconduct. Also, you may face public shame and ridicule even if you are found not to have committed sexual misconduct.
If you are being investigated under Title IX, it is important to retain an experienced student defense lawyer as soon as possible. Title IX cases involve many different parties and legal issues. By retaining a skilled student defense lawyer, you are doing the best thing for your academic career and your future.
This guide helps you understand what title IX is and answers the following questions:
What are the consequences of a Title IX investigation?
How is Title IX used?
What are the origins of Title IX?
What is the substantive content of Title IX?
Understand how the Title IX rules are implemented by universities and colleges in the United States.
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Am I Guaranteed Rights Under Title IX?
One principle of Anglo-American law is that the accused is considered innocent until proven guilty. Defendants have constitutional rights that prevent them from being unjustly accused, tried, and convicted of crimes. The criminal justice system is imperfect, but affords basic rights and privileges to the accused.
Title IX is different. Title IX cases may resemble typical legal cases, but they are not. The accused in Title IX cases are given one chance to appeal the decision of the school. Typically, the appeal process goes through the Provost or President of the university or college. Sometimes schools may only permit appeals if new evidence has become available that was not considered at the time of the original decision. Also, an appeal may be granted if the accused demonstrates they suffered clear violations of Title IX procedures. Lastly, bias of the Title IX officer, Title IX investigator, or hearing panel members may be the basis of an appeal.
Title IX Penalties
Title IX penalties, stemming from non-compliance with federal laws prohibiting sex discrimination in education, can jeopardize an institution's federal funding. At K Altman Law, we specialize in mitigating these risks through expert guidance on Title IX compliance and appeals. Trust our team to protect your institution's reputation and secure equal educational opportunities.
All You Need to Know About Title IX Due Process
Title IX Due Process safeguards individuals' rights in educational settings by ensuring fairness in investigations and proceedings related to sex discrimination allegations. At K Altman Law, our expert attorneys provide a thorough understanding of these protections, navigating complexities and advocating for your rights. Rely on us for informed, comprehensive guidance on Title IX Due Process.
Title IX: An Overview
Navigating the complexities of Title IX cases can be overwhelming, especially when it includes discrimination and harassment. It can take a toll on your mental health, academic performance and overall well-being. You may feel intimidated and unsure about where to turn for support. That's where K Altman Law comes in.
What Are Title IX Defense Strategies?
Title IX defense strategies involve a careful review of the charges, gathering of evidence, and a meticulous preparation of the defense, all while safeguarding the rights of the accused. At K Altman Law, we offer a wealth of experience in constructing robust Title IX defense strategies, protecting your interests while navigating these complex proceedings. Trust our expertise to secure the best possible outcome.
What are Title IX Violations?
Title IX violations are a complex and pervasive issue on college campuses. They can take many forms including sexual harassment, assault, discrimination and retaliation. Students who experience Title IX violations often feel overwhelmed and unsure about their plan of action. That's what K Altman Law can help with.
Guidelines For Parents on Child's Title IX Case
Guidelines for parents navigating their child's Title IX case include understanding the complaint process, supporting their child emotionally, and seeking legal advice from experienced attorneys. At K Altman Law, our team provides expert guidance and support to parents, ensuring their child's rights are protected throughout the Title IX process. Trust us to advocate for your child's best interests and work towards a fair resolution.
Nationwide Representation of Teachers and Staff Accused of Title IX Violations
Title IX regulations have been in place for decades to promote safety and fairness in schools and universities. However, with the implementation of these regulations comes the potential for false allegations of gender-based discrimination or harassment, which can be devastating for teachers and staff. If you are a teacher or staff member facing allegations of Title IX violations, it is important to seek legal representation to protect your rights and career. At K Altman Law, we specialize in providing nationwide legal representation to teachers and staff accused of Title IX violations. Our team of experienced attorneys understands the complexities of these cases and can provide the support and guidance needed to navigate them successfully.
Nationwide Representation of Title IX Respondents
Nationwide representation of Title IX respondents requires knowledgeable and experienced attorneys who can navigate the nuances of this complex federal law. At K Altman Law, we extend our specialized services across the country, providing comprehensive legal support to those facing Title IX proceedings. Trust our team to defend your rights, safeguard your reputation, and strive for fair and just outcomes in every case.
Nationwide Representation of Title IX Complainants
Nationwide representation of Title IX complainants requires deep knowledge of federal law and a commitment to ensuring justice in cases of educational sex discrimination. K Altman Law is a trusted partner in this critical effort, offering expert legal services across the country. Our mission is to uphold equal educational opportunities, protect your rights, and seek justice on your behalf.
Contact K Altman Law Today
If you are facing Title IX allegations, contact K Altman Law today to schedule a consultation. The dedicated team of academics, legal professionals, and former administrators at K Altman Law has decades of experience working with students involved in Title IX cases. Contact K Altman Law today to schedule a consultation during which we can discuss the facts of your case.
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