LCW Named a Best Law Firm for Female Attorneys

Los Angeles, CA – On May 28, 2018, Law360 published their annual Best Law Firms for Female Attorneys list that surveyed more than 300 law firms across the United States. We are proud to announce Liebert Cassidy Whitmore was ranked in the #3 spot in law firms of comparable size. This is the third year in a row that LCW has ranked within the top four spots on this list.

Jun 29, 2018 Private Education Matters

University Owes a Limited Duty to Prevent Student’s Suicide in Certain Circumstances

Han Duy Nguyen was a graduate student at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.  He lived off campus.  In May 2007, after his first academic year at MIT, he contacted the Ph.D. program coordinator regarding his test-taking problems.  He was referred to the student disability services coordinator, but he did not want to use that resource because he said his problem was not disability-related.  He was referred to the mental health counseling services but did not agree that he needed such services.

Jun 29, 2018 Private Education Matters

Rutgers University Settles With OCR Regarding Student Removed from School Due to Mental Illness

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Justice is responsible for enforcing Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, pertaining to public educational entities.  It is analogous to Title III, which governs private schools and universities.   

Jun 29, 2018 Private Education Matters

No Age Discrimination Where New Teacher Replacing Fired Teacher Was Over 40 and Only Seven Years Younger

Caroleann Morris worked as a school teacher at several elementary schools throughout her career. In 2011, she was hired as a pre-K teacher at MBTA, which is operated by the Archdiocese of Chicago. She was 52 years old at the time.  Students at MBTA generally came from low-income, non-English speaking families and behavior problems were widespread.   

Jun 29, 2018 Private Education Matters

Teacher Not Liable for Violation of Mandating Reported Law for Not Reporting Her Own Daughter’s Suspected Abuse

Tanya James-Buhl is a public school teacher in the state of Washington.  She has three daughters, none of whom are her students.  In May 2015, one of the daughters told her pastor that she was being sexually abused by her stepfather Joshua Hodges.  The pastor called Child Protective Services.  During the course of the investigation, CPS discovered that all three of the girls had told their mother about the abuse as early as January of that year.  All of the abuse occurred in the home. 


Jun 29, 2018 Briefing Room

OIG’s Interviews of Correctional Officers Did Not Trigger POBR Right to Representation

A California Court of Appeal dismissed a claim by correctional peace officers claiming that the Office of Inspector General (OIG) violated the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act (POBR) by denying the officers’ right to a representative during interviews about possible excessive force at a state prison where they previously worked.  


Jun 29, 2018 Briefing Room

No-Consent Dog Search of Public Employee’s Office Was Clearly Unlawful When Conducted, Negating Officer’s Qualified Immunity Defense

In a case out of Nevada that went to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (which also covers California), a County sheriff’s sergeant was sued for allegedly violating the Fourth Amendment rights of a city recreation director. The alleged violation was an after-hours dog search of the recreation director’s office by the sergeant and other officers.