Jenny Denny

Jenny Denny Associate

Jenny Denny, an associate at Liebert Cassidy Whitmore’s Los Angeles Office, provides assistance to clients in matters pertaining to employment law, litigation services, private education and public education law.

Jenny works extensively with LCW’s public and private education clients on a wide range of matters including responding to complaints of unlawful harassment or discrimination, academic and classified employee discipline and termination, employee performance management, disability accommodations, student discipline, and other student, faculty, and governance-related issues.

Jenny draws on her previous experience as a public school teacher to be a dynamic presenter in Liebert Cassidy Whitmore's training program.  She regularly trains public agency and community college employees in numerous areas including harassment prevention, supporting students with disabilities, compliance with Title IX and Title 5 sexual harassment laws and regulations and responding to sexual harassment complaints, first amendment analysis, mandatory reporting, and equal employment opportunity hiring. Jenny relies on her extensive training experience to provide proactive preventative advice and counsel to clients. Jenny is also the editor for the firm's public education monthly newsletter, Education Matters.

Prior to joining Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, Jenny served as Managing Director of Policy for Educators For Excellence – Los Angeles, where she formulated organizational policy stances on current education issues and proposed district and state laws and policies in ways that elevated the teaching profession and student outcomes. She devised and implemented lobbying plans in response to current policy issues in the district, state, and nation.

Notably, Jenny was also a Policy Specialist and Presidential Management Fellow in the Office of Vice President Joe Biden where she collaborated with federal agencies on the implementation of the Violence Against Women Act. Jenny was additionally a Trial Attorney and President Management Fellow for the U.S. Department of Justice: Civil Rights Team. Furthermore, Jenny was an Education Program Specialist and a Presidential Management Fellow for the U.S. Department of Education: Office of Special Education Programs.

Jenny received her Juris Doctor from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. In law school, she was selected as a Civitas Child Law Fellow and served as a guardian ad litem for children involved in child protection, custody, and juvenile delinquency court cases. Also at Loyola, Jenny conducted research on juvenile sex offenders for the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission, served as an editor of the Children's Legal Rights Journal, and earned her Child and Family Law certificate.

Prior to law school, Jenny taught first grade at a public charter school through Teach For America. Concurrently, she earned her Master of Education in Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University. Prior to teaching, Jenny received her BA in American Studies and BS in Journalism honors from the University of Kansas.

Jenny was admitted to the Illinois State Bar in 2014 and California State Bar in 2017.

Education

  • JD, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

  • M.Ed, George Mason University

  • BA, University of Kansas

  • BS, University of Kansas

California Council of School Attorneys (CCSA)

Education

  • JD, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

  • M.Ed, George Mason University

  • BA, University of Kansas

  • BS, University of Kansas

Sep 3, 2020 Business & Facilities

State Law Requires Public Universities To Supplement Environment Impact Reports When Making Discretionary Decisions To Increase Enrollment

The Regents for the University of California adopted a development plan in 2005 to guide the University of California Berkeley campus through 2020 and certified a program Environmental Impact Report for the development plan, as required by the California Environmental Quality Act. The development plan and the EIR projected that, by the year 2020, the University’s student enrollment would increase by 1,650 students the University would add 2,500 beds for students.

Aug 14, 2020

Second Court Denies Preliminary Injunction against New Title IX Regulations; the Compliance Deadline Remains August 14, 2020

In a lawsuit involving sixteen states and the District of Columbia, including California, filed against the U.S. Department of Education challenging the new regulations governing how sexual harassment allegations under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 must be adjudicated, U.S. District Judge Carl J. Nichols denied the States’ request for a delay pending the litigation.  The Court’s August 12, 2020 order denying the preliminary injunction can be found here.

Aug 11, 2020

Judge Did Not Delay Title IX Regulations From Taking Effect on August 14, 2020; OCR States Regulations are Not Retroactive

After the U.S. Department of Education released final regulations for the implementation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 on May 6, 2020, multiple states and advocacy organizations filed lawsuits against the Department and asked federal judges to delay the effective date of the new regulations. The regulations were set to take effect on August 14, 2020. But on Sunday, August 9, 2020, the judge in one lawsuit, U.S. District Judge John G. Koeltl, refused to grant a delay, known as a preliminary injunction, requested in one lawsuit by the school boards for the state of New York and New York City.

May 19, 2020

US Department of Education Releases Final Title IX Rules

Partner Pilar Morin, Senior Counsel David Urban and Associate Jenny Denny authored an article for Daily Journal discussing new regulations under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

May 12, 2020

U.S. Department of Education Releases Final Title IX Rule

On Wednesday, May 6, 2020, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education released new Title IX regulations.  They take effect August 14, 2020.  The new regulations mandate how K-12 and postsecondary institutions that receive federal financial assistance must define, investigate, and adjudicate claims of sexual misconduct.  The release of these new regulations follows consideration of approximately 124,000 comments in response to its initially proposed regulations.

May 11, 2020

U.S. Department of Education Releases Final Title IX Rule

On Wednesday, May 6, 2020, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education released new Title IX regulations.  They take effect August 14, 2020.  The new regulations mandate how K-12 and postsecondary institutions that receive federal financial assistance must define, investigate, and adjudicate claims of sexual misconduct.  The release of these new regulations follows consideration of approximately 124,000 comments in response to OCR’s initially proposed regulations.

 

Education

  • JD, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

  • M.Ed, George Mason University

  • BA, University of Kansas

  • BS, University of Kansas

11 December 2020
17 November 2020
Customized Trainings

Preventing Workplace Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation

City of Glendale Glendale
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22 September 2020
10 September 2020
Speaking Engagements

Top 10 things CSSO’s Need to Know about the New Title IX Regulations

Chief Student Services Officers (CSSO) Annual Student Services Conference Webinar
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18 August 2020

Education

  • JD, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

  • M.Ed, George Mason University

  • BA, University of Kansas

  • BS, University of Kansas

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