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Areas of Practice
Temperance Legal Group focuses on three main areas of practice: Title IX, Sexual Assault in Schools, and the LGBT Community.
Title IX

Sexual assault is, sadly, far too common in our schools, including elementary through post-graduate programs​. A federal law called Title IX should protect ​students from sexual harassment and assault, but too often, schools
​don’t take​ the time to understand their obligations​, leaving their students vulnerable​​. Other schools
are simply indifferent to those obligations. ​And in ​a surprising number of cases, schools punish the victims​!

If you’ve been sexually assaulted or harassed, and you don’t feel your rights are being protected, contact us. We handle Title IX cases​ throughout the country​ with compassion and effectiveness. Even if the harassment has stopped, you may be entitled to reimbursement for some of the costs and harm you suffered while your rights to a harassment-free education were being ignored.

Sexual Assault in Schools

Learn about K-12+ rights at Stop Sexual Assault in Schools, a one-stop resource.

Watch and share Sexual Harassment: Not in Our School!, an innovative video+action plan for K-12 parents, middle+high school students, schools, and community organizations. Learn about gender equality in education, students’ protections under Title IX, actions to make schools safe, and much more.

Stop Sexual Assault in Schools co-founder Joel Levin is the featured guest on On Point Talk, a national TV program. In a revealing interview, Levin describes the nightmare his family endured after his daughter was sexually assaulted on a high school field trip. He talks about feeling betrayed by the school district, which was ignorant of its obligations under Title IX, when they failed take necessary steps that would have allowed his daughter to continue her education in safety and free from retaliation. And Levin discusses why he helped form Stop Sexual Assault in Schools—to spare other families from the devastation that results when school districts fail to execute their responsibilities to protect students’ civil rights to an education free from sexual harassment and violence.

 

Karen now serves on the board of Stop Sexual Assault in Schools.

Selected Media:

Why We Need Title IX to Let Her Learn: A Parent’s Perspective

Sexual violence isn’t just a college problem. It happens in K-12 schools, too

With Trump’s Title IX stance unknown, video aims to educate about sexual harassment at school

What the White House Asked Us About K-12 Sexual Violence

“My School Punished Me”

As the Mother of a Rape Victim I Know Consent Education Is Not Enough

Curated resources

LGBT Community

2015 was a historical year in civil rights, especially in the LGBTQ community. Same-sex marriage became legal in all 50 states, and transgender individuals are featured on major television shows and in the news. But there is a long way to go.
Temperance Legal Group appreciates and respects the integrity and privacy of all groups, and is aware of the issues the LGBTQ community encounters. If you are looking for legal assistance in a respectful and understanding atmosphere please contact us.

I knew I had found the right person to handle my divorce when, after my very first telephone call with Karen, I came away with a feeling of intense relief that I’d found a grown-up I could hand my burden to and know it would be taken care of. Karen made it possible to get through my divorce with efficiency and a total lack of drama. When we met in person the first time, we agreed on a casual, comfortable location and she listened carefully to my information, outlined the process, and let me know upfront what the cost would be. She told me what would happen, and when, and followed through at each step to make sure the necessary tasks were done. Karen proved to be very accessible, and she patiently and efficiently dealt with my questions — I always felt completely comfortable to contact her at any time, which made a world of difference if I started to worry about something. She was always upfront, professional, and polite with me, as well as my ex-husband, which made the divorce process pretty much stress-free and avoided any acrimony that would have made life difficult. I’m very lucky – not only did Karen get me through my divorce with no fuss, but I feel like I now have both an attorney and a friend for life. I would strongly recommend Karen to anyone who needs to get a legal task of any magnitude done with skill, compassion and efficiency.
S.M.