Gender-based Harassment and Violence

About the Gender-based Harassment and Violence Working Group

Formed in 2017, the Berkeley Center’s Gender-based Harassment and Violence (formerly Sexual Harassment and Violence) Working Group has held annual international conferences and virtual webinars) on sexual and gender discrimination and harassment law, written a book on The Global #MeToo Movement, and is now developing toolkits on workplace harassment investigations and other practical materials. The Working Group’s Co-Directors are Ann Noel, former General Counsel for California’s Fair Employment and Housing Commission, and Denise Oldham, former Title IX Officer and Director of the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination, UC Berkeley.

Upcoming CLE Programs


January 2023 

Rethinking Sexual and Gender Harassment Practice 

January 23-26, 2023

3.5 hours MCLE credit per day, including each day one hour ethics credit

8:30 am – 12:45 pm each day

$125*/$150 per day; $375*/$450 for entire four day program

(*Early Bird/Partner Rate. Contact Charlotte O’Keefe Stralka for the discount code.)

Register here.


Join us for a series of virtual webinars:

Monday, 1/23: Conflict Resolution and Restorative Justice

  • Survivor-centered ways to resolve allegations of harassment short of litigation.  
  • When is it appropriate to utilize restorative justice?
  • Techniques for successful conflict resolution.


Tuesday, 1/24: Workplace Investigations

Three programs:

  • How Attorneys Can Deliver fair, ethical and independent investigations 
  • High profile investigations and how they compare or differ from a typical investigation – 
  • Balancing confidentiality with transparency and due process in investigations. 


Wednesday, 1/25: Recent Developments in Title IX Law and Policy

Topics include:

  • Expanded protections for LGBTQI+ students
  • New rights and protections for pregnant and parenting students 
  • Conflicts between state laws and proposed Title IX regulations


Thursday, 1/26:  Effective Settlements

  • Strategies for drafting an effective settlement
  • Tax consequences
  • Client-centered confidentiality
  • Protecting your client’s reference checks

Law firm and investigation firm benefactors are welcome. They provide visibility for the firms and discounts on the cost of attending. To discuss sponsoring one or more days of the program please contact Ann Noel at

Current Projects

Group Archives

Who We Are


  • Portrait of Ann Noel

    Ann Noel

    Co-editor, The Global #MeToo Movement. Founder, Noel Workplace Consulting. Former General Counsel, California Fair Employment and Housing Commission.

  • Portrait of Denise Oldham

    Denise Oldham

    Former Director and Title IX Officer, Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination at the University of California, Berkeley.

Student Assistants