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Bernie Kleina ArtworkRelman, Dane & Colfax's education practice focuses on promoting educational equity and diversity in public schools, private schools, and institutions of higher learning through litigation and counseling.  Our attorneys bring a range of experiences to the education practice, including drafting an amicus brief relied on in a Tenth Circuit ruling that a jury could find that a university was deliberately indifferent to the risk of sexual harassment and assault to female students during football recruiting visits, and advising a major nonprofit institution who sought to advance diversity by funding scholarships and fellowships targeted to traditionally underrepresented groups.

Selected Cases

  • Relman, Dane & Colfax Wins Landmark Seventh Circuit Decision For Wisconsin Transgender Student

  • In a groundbreaking decision, a three-judge Seventh Circuit panel unanimously affirmed a preliminary injunction that required the Kenosha Unified School District in Wisconsin to permit Ash Whitaker, a 17-year-old transgender boy, to use the boys' restrooms at his high school. The Seventh Circuit found that the school district's refusal to let Ash use the appropriate bathroom violates both Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The historic order is the first federal appellate decision to find that federal law requires public schools to permit a transgender student to use the bathroom corresponding to the student's gender identity without reference to the Obama Administration's guidance on the subject, which the Trump Administration withdrew earlier this year. To read more and review the appellate opinion click here.

  • Relman, Dane & Colfax Secures Two Early Victories for Wisconsin Transgender Student

  • A Wisconsin federal judge has issued an injunction requiring a public school district to permit Ashton ("Ash") Whitaker, a 17-year-old transgender boy, to use the boys' restrooms at his high school. The historic order is only the second of several such injunctions issued by federal courts against public K-12 school districts. To read more click here.

  • Relman, Dane & Colfax Files Federal Lawsuit Against Wisconsin School District Challenging Discrimination Against Transgender Student

  • On July 19, 2016, Relman, Dane & Colfax and Transgender Law Center (TLC) filed a federal lawsuit in the Eastern District of Wisconsin against the Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) on behalf of Ashton (Ash) Whitaker, a transgender boy. KUSD has denied Ash access to boys’ restrooms at his high school, subjected him to daily surveillance over this restroom use, and threatened him with disciplinary action if he continued using the boys’ restrooms. To read the Complaint and Press Coverage click here.

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