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Julie draws on her experience as a federal prosecutor to represent crime victims in criminal, civil, and Title IX proceedings, as well as whistleblowers who bring cases under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act (FCA) or other laws with whistleblower provisions. She advises individuals—particularly government workers—in investigations conducted by Inspector General’s Offices and the Department of Justice Office of Professional Responsibility; in addition, Julie regularly represents individuals and businesses involved in white-collar criminal investigations and students facing criminal and disciplinary proceedings. An accomplished trial lawyer, Julie has investigated hundreds of cases, tried over forty cases to verdict, and argued appellate cases before both local and federal courts.

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The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently decided what constitutes actual notice for sexual harassment in Title IX cases. A school has actual knowledge, also referred to as actual notice, when a report is made to any school official, regardless of whether the school has substantiated the facts of the alleged assault. This ruling impacts schools and other organizations subject to Title IX if they fail to properly protect students and investigate claims once a sexual assault has been reported.

Continue Reading Doe v. Fairfax Ruling: Sexual Assault Reports Constitute Actual Notice

Oprah Winfrey’s primetime television interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, revealed deep issues within the workings of a historic institution, one we only read about in books or watch on fictional shows like “The Crown.” While the former senior members of the royal family were talking about their feelings and treatment under the backdrop of family dynamics, they were also discussing a monarchy with an institutional framework that can best be compared to a corporate workplace. References to their family as “the firm” and “going to HR” for assistance were phrases used by Harry and Meghan when discussing the institution.

Continue Reading Handling Allegations of Racism in the Workplace—Would Your Company Have Done Better Than the Palace?