Mediation Services

Title IX litigation has dramatically increased over the last 5 to 7 years – both litigation brought by complainants and respondents on college campuses.  Mediation serves as an important tool to mutually resolve these matters.  It is an informal, conflict-resolution process brought before an independent, neutral, third-party mediator.  Mediation provides the parties with an opportunity to find areas of agreement in a way that is not possible through a lawsuit.

 

Title IX cases are sensitive and complex matters that require a specialized knowledge of the higher education environment, the law, and best practices prescribed by the Office for Civil Rights that continue to evolve and change.   Engaging a mediator who is well-versed on the legal framework of Title IX and related laws and regulations can be pivotal to resolving these disputes.

 

Specialized Background

Courtney is a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 listed civil mediator.  She has over 16 years of education law experience, including serving as campus counsel for a large University system.  She also regularly serves as a neutral external investigator.   Her practice specializes in Title IX consulting and legal work; however she handles any and all legal matters affecting college campuses and school districts.


Courtney mediates matters involving the following:

  • Title IX (pregnancy discrimination/sexual misconduct/relationship violence/stalking/gender equity)
  • Title VII discrimination and retaliation
  • Hazing in athletics, clubs, Greek life and other areas
  • Bullying and negligence
  • ADA compliance including accommodations of students and staff
  • Faculty grievances and denial of promotion and tenure
  • IDEA and 504
  • Breach of contract claims
  • Student conduct matters
  • Discrimination based on gender/sexual orientation
  • Disputes involving the termination of high level administration and coaches

We mediate workplace disputes both in the private and public sector, assisting organizations in finding a common ground for employees and departments to resolve their grievances and move forward to a more productive work environment. We partner with clients to problem-solve and reach a resolution through a confidential process and mediate cases both in and outside of Tennessee.