Title IX and School Disciplinary Hearings

This presentation occurs amidst a growing national controversy stemming from the Federal Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights’ (“OCR”) threats to withhold federal education funds to compel colleges and universities to address “sexual violence” on their campuses.   At the urging of OCR and other high-ranking officials in the Obama Administration colleges and universities are relying on Title IX to crackdown on alleged perpetrators.  The result is that schools treat students accused of sexual misconduct with a presumption of guilt.  The Federal government has instituted approximately 315 investigations of colleges and universities schools for possible Title IX violations, including notable schools such as UC Berkeley, Stanford, Harvard, Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Chicago.  Sexual assault survivor activists have used the Education Department’s public list of Title IX cases to spur community pressure on schools to make reforms and prioritize a response to sexual violence, and the assistant secretary of education who heads the department’s Office for Civil Rights, has told college officials that schools need to make “radical” change.

Engel has brought a large number of civil rights and Title IX lawsuits against colleges and universities nationwide, including the University of Cincinnati, the Ohio State University, the University of Houston, William and Hobart Colleges, the College of Wooster, Wright State University, and Bellarmine University.  He is recognized for his experience and knowledge in this area.  Engel has presented at a number of national conferences on the issue and is a frequent commentator in the media.

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Joshua Adam Engel

Joshua Adam Engel

Engel is a 1995 graduate, cum laude, of Harvard University Law School. He is a highly respected and experienced former prosecutor, appellate advocate, and civil rights litigator.

Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts – J.D. cum laude–1995 University of Pennsylvania – B.A. magna cum laude–1992

Engel began his career as a prosecutor in 2001 by serving as an Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. In 2002, he moved to Ohio and took a position as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney working for Judge Rachel Hutzel in Warren County, Ohio. In Warren County, he handled some of the office’s most challenging and high-profile cases, including death penalty cases and cases featured on national news programs like 48 Hours. Engel rose to lead the office’s appellate division, where he not only handled appeals for the office, but was also called upon by state and national law enforcement organizations to write amicus curiae briefs to the Ohio Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court.

From 2007 to 2010, Engel served as Chief Legal Counsel for the Ohio Department of Public Safety. In that position, he provided legal advice to the Department to aid in the development of a coordinated, comprehensive state strategy to address public safety and security issues. Joshua Engel started his legal career at Choate, Hall & Stewart, a large Boston law firm known for more than a century as the home of some the nation’s most accomplished litigators. At Choate, he represented clients across and outside of the country in complex litigation matters in federal and state courts, as well as in ADR proceedings. He was quickly given the responsibility to handle litigation matters involving millions of dollars for Fortune 500 companies, including Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, and Travelers.

Engel is a frequent lecturer and author on cutting-edge constitutional law issues.  In 2017, Engel was asked to consult with the Department of Education on revisions to the Title IX process for handing allegations of sexual assault on colleges and universities.  Engel has taught criminal law and other courses at Wilmington College and has been a featured speaker for various organizations on constitutional law issues