Led by Megan Cacace, Relman Colfax conducted a two-year Civil Rights Audit of Facebook along with civil rights and civil liberties leader Laura Murphy. Megan and the Relman Colfax team provided analysis on the civil rights implications of the company’s policies and practices, and recommendations for improvement, and documented their findings in three public reports.
In 2013, in the first reverse redlining case filed against a for-profit school in the country for engaging in deceptive practices to encourage low-income African-American students to take out large federal student loans for an education that the school knew was inadequate, the firm obtained a $5 million settlement for a class of over 4,000 members.
This First Amendment and race discrimination case challenged a county government’s dismissal of three doctors who were outspoken opponents of budget cuts that impacted a public hospital serving the predominantly African-American population on the south side of Chicago.
Hayes & K. Schellenberg, Discrimination is “Unfair”: Interpreting UDA(A)P to Prohibit Discrimination, Student Borrower Protection Center (April 2021)
S. Hayes & A. Lowe, Combating Exploitative Education: Holding For-Profit Schools Accountable for Civil Rights Violations, Student Borrower Protection Center (Dec. 2020)
S. Hayes, Special Purpose Credit Programs: How a Powerful Tool for Addressing Lending Disparities Fits Within the Antidiscrimination Law Ecosystem, National Fair Housing Alliance (Nov. 2020)
S. Hayes & A. Milton, Solving Student Debt or Compounding the Crisis? Income Share Agreements and Fair Lending Risks, Student Borrower Protection Center (July 2020)
S. Hayes, Enforcing Civil Rights Obligations Through the False Claims Act, 1 Colum. J. Race & L. 29 (2011)
S. Hayes, Rethinking When People With Disabilities Must Participate in Public Variance Proceedings, 109 Colum. L. Rev. 2044 (2009)
J.D., Columbia Law School
B.A. University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude
- District of Columbia
- California (inactive)
- Hon. Marsha S. Berzon, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit