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Zalkind Law partner Ruth O’Meara-Costello spoke yesterday, February 8, on the first Bench Meets Bar panel at Boston University School of Law. Along with judges and other attorneys, Ruth discussed an array of current legal topics and gave advice to aspiring attorneys. Zalkind Law is pleased to support and take part in BU Law’s exciting series of panels and networking events. 

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This week, Zalkind Law’s David Duncan and David Russcol secured an acquittal on all charges for a university student criminally charged with sexual assault and domestic violence. Our client was charged with one count of indecent assault and battery and one count of assault and battery on a family or household member. If convicted, he faced a maximum penalty of two and a half years in the house of correction on each count, registration as a sex offender, and serious immigration consequences. However, after a two-day trial, the jury unanimously found him not guilty on both counts. We also represented the student during a university Title IX investigation into the same incident, after which he was allowed to remain as a student and continue his studies.

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ZALKIND DUNCAN & BERNSTEIN LLP, a premier Boston criminal defense and civil litigation firm, seeks an associate to start in fall 2018 or sooner.  This progressive 11-lawyer law firm has an interesting and dynamic federal and state court practice, at both the trial and appellate levels.  Our criminal cases encompass crimes of violence, fraud and drug offenses, white collar crimes,  and other felonies and misdemeanors.  Our civil practice consists primarily of plaintiff-side employment matters, including discrimination cases, as well as general civil litigation.  We also have an active practice representing students, faculty, and other employees accused of misconduct or facing discrimination at colleges and universities (including in Title IX proceedings).

We are looking for an entry-level associate (0-2 years of experience) with excellent research, analytical, and writing skills.  Judicial clerkship a plus.  Excellent benefits.  More information about our firm can be found on our website: http://www.zalkindlaw.com.

Interested applicants should send their resume, law school transcript, writing sample (5-10 pages in length), and a cover letter to Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP, 65a Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA 02110, attn: Associate Hiring, or e-mail them to resume@zalkindlaw.com with “application for associate position” in the subject line.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and should be submitted no later than January 15, 2018. Applicants available to start before fall 2018 should include potential start dates in their cover letters.

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ZDB is proud to announce that the firm has been named in US News’ “Best Law Firms” for yet another year! This 2018 accolade ranks the firm as Metro Tier 1 in three separate categories: Criminal Defense – Non-White Collar, Criminal Defense – White Collar, and Employment – Individuals.

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Zalkind Law’s Attorney David Russcol clarifies the myriad of misunderstandings surrounding the latest Title IX news. He makes sense of Betsy Devos’s “retreat” on Title IX – which is just the start of a process – and dispels some fears around what the future of Title IX might look like. Though DeVos has withdrawn the Dear Colleague Letter, she has not indicated what she intends to replace it with. Russcol offers some thoughts on the rulemaking process going forward, and encourages us to think of this as an opportunity to make things better for both accused students and those who have suffered from sexual misconduct. Read the article here.

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Zalkind Law’s Ruth O’Meara-Costello was quoted in the Boston Globe’s article regarding a recent lawsuit filed against the US Department of Education over interim policy guidance for Title IX cases. Read the article and Attorney O’Meara-Costello’s thoughts here.

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We are pleased to announce that five of our attorneys have been selected to the 2017 Massachusetts Super Lawyers List. We would also like to congratulate four of our attorneys for being selected to the 2017 Massachusetts Rising Stars list.

Super Lawyers rates outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. Only up to 5 percent of the lawyers in a state are named to the Super Lawyers list, and no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.

Please join us in congratulating the following attorneys who have been selected as “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars” this year.

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Vox.com interviews ZDB Attorney Naomi Shatz on new Title IX guidelines. Shatz praises elements of the new guidelines that provide more clarity and transparency to students, but notes there is still work to be done to ensure that schools adequately address hostile environments while respecting the rights of accused students. Read the full story here.

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The WBA panel on Campus Sexual Assault will bring university administrators and legal professional together to provide their perspectives on issues related to campus response to sexual assault and harassment.  These matters have recently taken on new found significance with the Department of Education and Betsy Devos’s announcement regarding the rollback of Obama-era guidance that led to increased enforcement under Title IX.  Monica Shah will provide insight on her broad experiences representing both complainants and respondents in Title IX matters, including both students and faculty members. Learn more about the event and register here.

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Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it was rescinding its 2011 Dear Colleague Letter on Sexual Violence and its 2014 Questions and Answers on Sexual Violence, and issued a Questions and Answers on Campus Sexual Misconduct while noting that it intends to engage in formal rule-making on the topic. Attorney Naomi Shatz spoke to Inside Higher Ed about the interim regulations. The article can be found here.

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