This law firm’s purpose is to help you, and your family, manage the harsh realities of the sexual misconduct process now and for the rest of your life.

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We help men in college and their families to survive sexual misconduct and Title IX discipline.

 

Advocating for Respondents of Sexual Misconduct

We stand with men who become scapegoats of the campus sexual assault movement. We do not defend rapists.  Rather, we defend those unfairly charged men who are thrown under the bus by the sexual misconduct Title IX process of their college or university.  We help these men to preserve their dignity and to regain their identity as happy, enthusiastic, inquisitive students with their lives ahead of them.   We have information for students below and in our FAQ’s.

We stand with parents who suddenly see their son’s school throw away the decades of hard work that they devoted to raise their child.  We work with parents to move them beyond their initial anger and recrimination towards an optimal realization: that you need legal counsel now because the data shows the school’s Title IX staff will throw your son under the bus merely because he is a man. We have information for parents below.

We provide you and your family with a luxury service consisting of vital legal counsel that should be plentiful but is not.  We forge a hand-made, bespoke, strategic, and collaborative team effort to help you legally defend what your hard work says is yours:  A degree, a clean name, and a career.  We have a case studies tab you should read.

Our skill is to empower college-age males and their families to invoke Title IX’s requirement that schools cannot treat men worse than women.We also give back, as Title IX public policy advocates, demanding that colleges and universities adopt fair systems of sexual misconduct for everyone involved. Please read our news and public policy tab.

 

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Top Five Things You Should Know BEFORE Responding to Sexual Misconduct Complaints in Colleges and Universities


top 5 things every MALE student RESPONDENT should know

ONE:               Wish I knew that I needed a lawyer for every step of the sexual misconduct process

Did any one at your school ever ask you to self-teach a course? Would you perform an appendectomy on yourself?  Would you go to war alone?  Of course not!

Then why in the world would you go through one of the most politicized and complex situations in anyone’s schooling without a person with legal experience representing you?  Because you still think this is a school that will look out for you? Be realistic:  this sexual misconduct allegation can ruin your life.  Your school knows this because they have ruined other men’s lives before. So you need to lawyer up! You need to hire someone to help level your playing field because in case you didn’t realize already, schools assume that men are guilty when it comes to in-school sexual misconduct.  You and your lawyers need to fight hard against that assumption to keep you safe.

TWO:              Wish I knew that once accused of sexual misconduct, no one at the school was on my side, because that is bad press for the school

 We know this betrayal may be difficult to understand because no one taught you to be suspicious of school staff, but be aware that your school’s Title IX staff see you as radioactive.  Even if you’re the captain of a team, the best debater, a POC, or someone on a full-need scholarship, to the school’s Title IX staff you are a potential scandal and a possible rapist.  So, if the school’s Title IX staff doesn’t prosecute you harshly and all the way they will be accused of protecting rapists.  They will not protect you.

With that in mind, why in the world would you trust the school’s Title IX staff to risk scandal and be on your side?  Also, at this point, realize that you may well be embarrassed, depressed, out of friends, and intimidated—all of which makes it impossible for you to confront these situations head on.  Face reality: the school’s Title IX office will not protect you.  They will protect the school’s brand only.  You protect yourself putting a legal team on your side.

THREE:           Wish I knew that statistically speaking, my school is treating me badly because anti-male bias dominates the school sexual misconduct discipline

 Usually, women are discriminated against—except when they complain of sexual misconduct against a grown man like you in a college or university.  That situation has the man suffer reverse discrimination.  Sadly, that’s your new tribe:  men who become scapegoats.  Men who endure discrimination.  For example, the school’s Title IX staff is likely to not interview your witnesses but go out of their way to interview your accuser’s witnesses.  They will not give you the benefit of the doubt as they pamper her.  They see you as a grown man and they see her as a growing young woman who needs help.

The anti-male bias you face is systemic.  For example, more than likely, your school’s Title IX staff was trained to “believe the victim” first which automatically makes you a liar when you say there was “consent” and she says “not so.” Thus, today’s male students responding to sexual misconduct are “presumed innocent until accused.” You need to get lawyers who specialized in this field to deal with that systemic male bias.

FOUR:             Wish I knew that the school uses an illogical and one sided definition of consent to define sexual misconduct violations. 

Your school’s Title IX sexual misconduct policy uses a novel view of sex that does not match well with the reality of actually having sex or with anything you may have learned while growing up.  The problem with these new “affirmative consent” or “continuous consent” definitions in your student handbook, which you are now accused of violating, is that no one can obtain that form of consent.

Play out some scenarios of the affirmative consent rule:  Any time either student is drunk, and has sex, that student did not consent.  Most often, this includes both students who had sex but only the man is charged.  Also, any time either student is intimidated by the other, that student did not consent, but schools do not believe a man is ever intimidated by a woman.  Thus, this rule is always enforced with anti-male bias:  Men suffer because they are taught to be quiet about not giving consent.  Because men grin and bear it, while women are encouraged to complain, Title IX staff presumes that men, including you, enjoyed everything a woman did to them during sex, even if she acted without the man’s affirmative or continuous consent.

Plus, there is no way ever to prove that both students obtained active, affirmative, continuous consent from each other. Even if you agreed to record yourselves having sex, or if you text-contracted to do so, either student can later say that the other person forced the recording or the text.  Thus, “affirmative consent” doesn’t exist. It is a pretext that simply allows the Title IX staff to say that the woman did not consent—even if she was the one asking the guy to do things he did not want to do.  Understand that you need a team of Title IX lawyers specialized in probing and solving this conundrum for you.

FIVE:               Wish I knew that no one will believe my innocence on my word alone which is why I need evidence to back up everything I say

 You are not a child anymore so you need to seize the opportunity to save everything you have—texts, snapchats, insta stories, whatever, because that’s your story.  Assume that the persons complaining against you will treat you as if you were an adult and a criminal, and will try to delete stuff.  Keep in mind that your school will treat you like a hacker and cut you off their servers beginning now.  You need to screenshot, save on a personal account, and even print out everything, immediately.

With these files secured, you and your legal team should find a trail of conversations proving you did not violate the sexual misconduct policy and more often than not also proving that the woman who accused you has no basis to do so.  You also need to get witnesses to write down for you what they saw and know about this situation because the school will not do that properly, if at all, and they will forget or try to distance themselves from you.  Finally, you need to find information about the school’s other sexual misconduct investigations.  You need to identify who else has been accused.  You will hit gold if you learn that a woman was accused of sexual misconduct and the school did not investigate.  This is hard work, it is up to you to get it done, and it is essential for your legal team to help you to mount your best defense.



top 5 things that parents of a MALE student respondent should know

ONE:              Wish I knew that I needed to focus on my son’s sexual trauma, on his shame, and on saving his career.

In today’s universities and colleges, the #meToo and #TitleIX era has ignored and silenced the trauma that men who are either sexually assaulted or wrongfully accused of sexual misconduct experience.  As a result, the school will ignore that you, and your son, devoted at least 18 years of your lives on getting his career going to empower him to then be able to live a full life.  Sadly, the sexual trauma that your son experienced and will continue to experience, including the pain to come as a result of the sexual misconduct process, has suddenly put that goal in jeopardy.  Not only is the school’s sexual misconduct process likely ruin your son’s name forever, it is harming him right now. 

That harm is emotional.  Your son’s school, which you carefully chose to take care of him, has now branded him a pariah, and most likely a rapist.  As a result your son’s shame level just skyrocketed.  Your son knows that his family, friends, teachers, and potential employers know of this shameful stigma.  This shame exacerbates his previous sexual trauma.  He was previously traumatized because he had been betrayed by someone who, more likely than not, he thought was an educator, perhaps even a friend.  This so-called friend has now thrown the school’s Title IX apparatus against him.  And just as this friend is looking out for her own interest, you need to look out for your son’s interest. 

That harm is also financial. Your son’s career is at stake.  Thus, your son’s interest is to tell his own story of sexual trauma, and to continue on his career to obtain emotional, financial, and social freedom.  For that to occur, you need to step in and get involved right now.  In our experience, parent’s involvement is the fundamental factor for healing the sexual traumas and reputational damage that respondents of sexual misconduct allegations endure.  So don’t waste your time trusting the school, blaming him, or blaming her—be realistic and focus on making him safe, and in saving his career.

TWO:              Wish I knew what the data actually shows: That the school staff handling Sexual Misconduct investigations and adjudications will not be fair to my son because he is a man.

The data is clear. In today’s colleges and universities, administrators have become deer caught in the headlights of the #meToo and #TitleIX scandals.  This turns your son into the victim of the school’s fear that to not convict every man means bad press saying they are rape enablers.  What the data shows is that in every single college or university that has experienced “survivor of sexual assault” or “Title IX” or “MeToo” activism:

•           Male students are routinely charged with sexual misconduct under facts that make no sense.

•           Male students are routinely silenced when they shamefully confess to having been victims of sexual hostility or misconduct from the woman who is accusing them.

•           Administrators routinely favor the woman and her witnesses in this process.

The data shows that the statistics that #meToo and #TitleIX activists used to goad schools into harsh, traumatizing, and painful sexual misconduct charges and procedures are themselves flawed.  The real statistics show that:

 “The rate of rape and sexual assault was 1.2 times higher for nonstudents (7.6 per 1,000) than for students (6.1 per 1,000).”

See, https://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5176

 This mathematical reality stands in sharp contrast to the methodologically biased and politicized statistic routinely cited by #meToo and #TitleIX activists that:

 “One in 5 women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college (i).”

See, https://www.nsvrc.org/sites/default/files/publications_nsvrc_factsheet_media-packet_statistics-about-sexual-violence_0.pdf

 This wild statistical disparity (6.1 per 1000 women according to the US Government, 1 out of 5 women according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center) suggests that men who respond to sexual misconduct charges face a school administrative process staffed with employees who will treat them worse just because they are men.      

The US Courts exist to preserve the dignity of male students convicted of sexual misconduct. These men sue their schools for reverse discrimination—that is suing the school arguing that the staff treated your son and others worse because they are men.  The data on these lawsuits shows:

 “Over the last eight years, there have been several hundred lawsuits filed against colleges and universities by students accused of sexual assault by another student. Now, experts say a case is filed every two weeks or so.”

 See, Katie Malafronte, Every Two Weeks a Student Accused of Sexual Assault Sues Their School, Campus Safety, April 19, 2019, available at,

https://www.campussafetymagazine.com/clery/student-accused-sexual-sues-school/

             A global law firm that advises schools and school staff, Proskauer, analyzed 130 cases brought by men and found that:

•           64.6% of those cases had the male student claiming the school staff had reverse discriminated them under Title IX.

•           61.5% of those cases had the male student claiming the school staff had breached the contract between the male student and the school.

•           46.9% of those men claimed the school botched the investigation.

•           46.2% of those men claimed the school botched the hearing.

•           28.5% of those cases were dismissed in Court.  (This means that in 71.5% of the times Courts agreed with the male students and allowed the case to start litigation).

See, Proskauer, Title IX Report: The Accused. Available at:

https://www.proskauer.com/insights/download-pdf/4895

 This data, of course, is positive because it only shows the experiences of male students, who, in responding to sexual misconduct allegations, had the benefit of their parent’s support and legal counsel.  Responding to these allegations alone is a huge mistake.

 If you would like to further research data and legal theory on the nuts and bolts of the college sexual misconduct crisis, we suggest you read:

•           Our “Case Studies” and “News and Policy” tabs paying particular attention to our public comments for the Department of Education rulemaking process on Title IX regulations.

•           A Hostile Environment for Student Defendants: Title IX and Sexual Assault on College Campuses.  Stephen Henrick, Esq.. Northern Kentucky Law Review, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2126340

•           Taming Title IX Tensions, Professor Naomi M. Mann, 20 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 631 (2018), available at:

https://scholarship.law.upenn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1654&context=jcl

In addition, the work of world-renowned journalist Emily Yoffe in the Atlantic Magazine has expertly covered the data and the stories of those who, like your son is now, were at some point the targets of a botched sexual misconduct process.  Bottom line, the data, all these studies, and all these reports agree that schools routinely throw male students under the bus when conducting sexual assault investigations and adjudications and that thus, your son needs help from you as well as from a lawyer, right now.

THREE:          Wish I knew that the strategic way to help my son to safeguard his good name and to handle the misconduct process is to lawyer-up.

You need to take decisive action—a power move—to save your son’s career and his mental well being.  You do not need to engage in endless discussions with school staff about how their process works because by now you know that it does not.  Right now, as you can see from section one, you need to stop all family drama about this humiliation because that only makes it worse for your son. And you need to focus on the fact that your son needs help, because as you can see from section two, not only does the school’s sexual misconduct process NOT work, it actually works AGAINST men including your son and his witnesses. 

Hire your son a specialized lawyer to achieve a quick change in the power relationship between your family and the school.  Qualified Title IX lawyers push school bureaucrats out of their comfort zone.  Consider the bottom-line incentives that school administrators have to discriminate against your son because he is a man: In their mind, without a lawyer, chances are high your son will become depressed and simply leave, allowing them to come across as tough on sexual assault regardless of what your son’s story really is. 

Be a hands-on, eyes-open, all options on the table kind of parent!  Asses the risk of doing nothing. Go Google the actual staff member who is concretely accountable for the outcome of the sexual misconduct investigations and adjudications at your son’s school:  Chances are you will find a nameless, unavailable, and unaccountable to you, Title IX Coordinator who now has your son’s life in his or her hands.  Make no mistake, that Coordinator has one concern: the School’s reputation, not your son’s.  Yet, today’s Title IX Coordinators understand that schools are businesses.  They understand that businesses are judged in the marketplace according to their reputation.  Thus, with a specialized Title IX lawyer, that Title IX coordinator’s concern suddenly flips because now it is your son who is going to harm the school’s reputation if they discriminate against him (as the data shows they routinely do). And that is your best power move to survive this mess.

FOUR:             Wish I knew what to look for in a Sexual Misconduct Legal Team.

Look for an experienced player in the very specific market of university level sexual misconduct accusations, investigations, and adjudications.  As you look for these Title IX fluent lawyers, you will come across some lawyers, particularly criminal defense lawyers, who feel all they need to do is establish that your son committed no crime.  They will solve nothing.  What you need to find, instead, is lawyers who believe they can establish that your son did not violate the school’s sexual conduct policies, and can thus continue to study there, or else it is the school who violates your son’s Title IX rights.

Look for an experienced Title IX lawyer who has a record of filing lawsuits in Federal Court claiming Colleges and Universities violated a male student’s rights while handling allegations of sexual misconduct.  As you look for Title IX trial lawyers, you will come across some lawyers who have never sued a school yet feel they can negotiate a plea with the school.   They will solve nothing.  Think about it—a negotiation has more value if the school actually knows that the lawyer negotiating will sue them if they do not deal straight.  This is why you need to find a legal team with an actual litigation record.  That record gives weight to your son’s side for the negotiation.

Look for an experienced Title IX lawyer who does not speak in legalese.  You need lawyers who can speak to the college professors with PhD’s because they may review your son’s case.  Find a lawyer who knows how to reach millenials, with their myriad sensitivities, because they will document your son’s defense.  Gauge how any lawyers will fit into the culture of your son’s school.  Every school has a culture that affects its treatment of men who face sexual misconduct accusations.  Ask the prospective lawyers what this culture is and how they manage it.

More than anything, select a lawyer with whom you feel comfortable as you discuss the painful personal issues that responding to sexual misconduct allegations always triggers in all families.  These issues may involve your feelings as an adult that the school betrayed your son, that you are unable to protect your son, and that you are angry that this happened in the first place.  These issues also involve your son need as a young adult to candidly share with his lawyer what he feels, what he has lost, and what he would like to achieve as he moves through this pain.         

FIVE:      What does the Jauregui Law Office offer your family as sexual misconduct counsel?

Our goal in representing your son and your family requires we become a team laser-focused on implementing all the strategies necessary to secure your son’s freedom, to maintain his dignity, and to preserve his ability to graduate and go on with his life without blemish.

 Our record defending men and their families demonstrates our skills in handling Title IX sexual misconduct proceedings at the university or the courthouse.

 •           We have sued schools in the Philadelphia area including large universities, and small colleges.  All of these cases went to Federal Court, involved Title IX, none of those cases was dismissed, and they all settled.

•           We have worked with Pennsylvania schools during internal sexual misconduct proceedings and avoided the need for litigation.

•           We strive to save and protect your son’s reputation.

•           We strive to help your son stay in school during this process

•           We insist that the school provide your son with all the academic supports that Title IX offers for him.

•           We focus on cleaning any blemishes on your son’s record.

•           We lobby the government on behalf of men accused of sexual misconduct.

•           We remain in touch with all the men we have previously helped.

•           We continue to counsel these young men as they face events that trigger these painful memories long after they have graduated, such as applying to post graduate programs, law school, or joining the job market.

•           We only take a limited number of clients as our work is bespoke.

 We offer a menu of legal services for your son and for you. They include:

 •           We represent men responding to sexual misconduct accusations in college or university settings (be these private or public schools) during the investigation, adjudication and internal appeal process.  We do not handle military schools.

•           We represent men in the event they need to file injunctions or to sue their schools before, during, or after an investigation and adjudication, for being treated worse simply because they are men.

•           We can evaluate your son’s case and give you (with his permission) an opinion on whether there is any potential that your son is being, was, or will be treated worse because he is a man.

•           We can help you find a Title IX lawyer in your area or team up with your lawyer.

 We work with reciprocal rules that apply to your family and to us. They include:

 •           We offer your family an ownership stake in the defense project. We understand that you are real people with emotions, opinions, strategies and goals.  We also understand that you know your son better than anyone.  This is why your ownership stake in the defense project is fundamental to our success.  Bottom line: when you talk, we listen.

 •           We give your son (and you with his permission) 24/7 access to us.  Similarly we expect your son to be (and with his permission you to be) available to us 24/7.  This mutual all-hours availability keeps everyone in the loop and solves three problems we usually encounter:

First, schools routinely take advantage of schedules and deadlines to silence the accused.  They get away with this given the overwhelmingly bureaucratic nature of sexual misconduct investigations and adjudications—asking, for example, that witnesses be available during finals week, or that statements be reviewed over a weekend.  Your son’s commitment to be available to us is the best way to counter this deplorable school strategy.

Second, families experience distress because they do not communicate with each other about what has happened with the case.  We like to keep everyone informed, in real time, of what’s going on.  This, of course, requires permission from your son.

Third, your son will experience pain during this process and we put a high value on close parental intervention to cope with that pain.  Thus, as soon as we see that your son needs your support, we let you know.

 •           We minimize face-to-face time and use all technologies to empower us to work as a cost-effective team mounting a 21st century legal defense. 

 •           We expect you to tell us, candidly and immediately, anything that you know or that you learn at a later date that seems relevant to the defense of your son’s case.  With his permission, we will do the same with you. 
 

 

 
 
Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
 

 
 

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