United States: Seyfarth’s Andrew S. Boutros To Chair New ABA Task Force On College Due Process Rights And Victim Protection
Last Updated: January 23 2017

CHICAGO (January 18, 2017) - Seyfarth Shaw LLP partner Andrew S. Boutros, the firm's National Co-Chair of the White Collar, Internal Investigations, and False Claims Act Team, has been selected by the American Bar Association (ABA) Criminal Justice Section (CJS) to chair a national Task Force on College Due Process Rights and Victim Protection. Also joining the Task Force as a Liaison is Seyfarth Shaw attorney Bridget Maricich.

With the unanimous approval of the Executive Committee, the CJS has formed the first-ever Task Force to study the due process rights of students accused of campus sexual violence as well as the protection of victims who have levied those allegations. The Task Force will be comprised of highly distinguished, leading higher education attorneys and administrators, academics, criminal defense attorneys, former government officials, and public policy makers. The Task Force's work will culminate in implementable recommendations aimed to guide America's more than 5,000 colleges and universities in how to effectuate fair procedures that balance the rights of the accused, the strong interests of the victims, and the interests of the campus community at large.

"Not since 1979, when Congress formed the Office of Civil Rights as part of the Education Organization Act, has such a distinguished group of thought leaders and practitioners been assembled to study the complex issues affecting the disciplinary process in the college setting—especially in cases alleging sexual misconduct," said Task Force Chair, Andrew S. Boutros. "There is a real opportunity for the Task Force's work to have a transformative impact on the higher education disciplinary culture and I am honored to have been selected to lead these efforts."

Founded in 1920, the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association has nearly 17,000 members including prosecutors, private defense counsel, appellate and trial judges, law professors, correctional and law enforcement personnel, law students, public defenders, and other criminal justice professionals. With its diverse, multi-disciplinary membership, the Criminal Justice Section is uniquely situated to address the pressing issues facing today's criminal justice system. You can read more here

Seyfarth's White Collar, Internal Investigations, and False Claims Team represents colleges, universities, and other schools in matters involving allegations of Title IX violations, sexual assault on college campuses, and other allegations of student or school improprieties. In addition, the Team provides cutting-edge advice to clients (both companies and individuals) in all varieties of white collar matters, government enforcement defense, trials, internal investigations, and complex litigations, including matters involving fraud, embezzlement, the FCPA, insider trading, other securities violations, healthcare violations, customs fraud, trade secret theft, environmental crimes, and the False Claims Act, among others. 

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