October 2021 Sexual Harassment in Education Conference

UC Berkeley School of Law (via Zoom)
October 28-29, 2021

Preliminary Conference Agenda

Conference Details

When & Where

Thursday, October 28 and Friday, October 29, 2021

Virtual UC Berkeley School of Law


Who should attend

Attorneys, Title IX officers, activists, and others who work on the issue of sexual harassment at schools, colleges, and universities.

For attorneys, this course will be approved for up to 10 hours of California MCLE credit, which will include 1 hour of elimination of bias credit.



Register Here:



Regular Program Rate:


Discount Rate:


  • Berkeley graduates
  • Members and supporters of our partner bar associations
  • Employees of government or non-profit organizations
  • Persons who are unemployed  

Early Bird:


  • Register before October 1st, 2021, and receive a discount on registration


The fees cover access to materials which will be distributed in an electronic format.

All fees are quoted in US dollars.


For further information and inquiries on group rates, contact David Oppenheimer (doppenheimer@law.berkeley.edu)

A Special Thanks to our Benefactors:


A Special Thanks to our Partner Organizations:







Members and supporters of partner organizations are entitled to a discount on the cost of attendance.

Speaker List (in formation)

  • Alissa Ackerman-Aklin

    • Assistant Professor, Division of Politics, Administration, and Justice - California State University, Fullerton

    Alissa Ackerman has dedicated her career to studying sex crimes policy and practice, the etiology of sexual offending, the effects of sexual victimization, and, more recently, restorative justice options for those impacted by sexual harm. She is a “survivor scholar”, in that she integrates her personal experience with sexual violence with her professional expertise as a sex crimes researcher. She facilitates restorative justice cases and trains future restorative justice practitioners. She has worked with over 500 men and women who have perpetrated acts of sexual harm using vicarious restorative justice.

  • Brenda Adams

    • Senior Counsel, Education Equity and Litigation, Equal Rights Advocates
  • Nancy Cantalupo

    • Associate Professor of Law, Wayne State University Law School

    Nancy Chi Cantalupo is a law professor and nationally-recognized expert and scholar on gender-based violence in education. Her scholarship draws from her over 20 years of anti-campus sexual violence work as a researcher, campus administrator, victims’ advocate, attorney, and policymaker and focuses on the use of law to combat discriminatory violence, particularly gender-based violence. Her articles have appeared in the Yale Law Journal Forum, Maryland Law Review, Utah Law Review, the peer-reviewed social science journal Trauma, Violence & Abuse, and her most recent research is forthcoming in the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender.

  • Hailyn Chen

    • Munger, Tolles & Olson's Co-Managing Partner

    Hailyn Chen is the Co-Managing Partner and a litigation partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson, one of the nation’s most elite law firms. She focuses her practice on complex business litigation, white collar criminal defense and government investigations. Ms. Chen frequently represents higher education institutions in a range of litigation matters and investigations.

  • Deb Eerkes

    • Director, Student Conduct & Accountability, University of Alberta
  • Marcie Fitzsimmons

    • Partner, Gordon & Rees LLP

    Ms. Fitzsimmons is a partner in the San Francisco Office of Gordon & Rees. She represents both private and public entities in employment matters, focusing her practice on defending employers against discrimination, retaliation, and harassment claims. Ms. Fitzsimmons also litigates cases concerning alleged violations of wage and hour laws, Title IX, family medical leave laws, violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and ERISA.

  • Clarissa Humphreys

    • Sexual Misconduct Prevention & Response Manager, Durham University

    Clarissa J. Humphreys is the co-author of Addressing Student Sexual Violence in Higher Education: A Good Practice Guide. She is a practitioner and leading authority on addressing gender-based violence in Higher Education and was the first person to hold a dedicated role in this area in the United Kingdom. She is an experienced trainer and has developed and delivered courses covering topics such as understanding sexual violence in Higher Education, responding to disclosures, and conducting trauma-informed investigations, adjudication and disciplinary processes.

  • Zanab Jafry

    • Reporting, Investigations and Adjudication Team Member, and Response and Support Working Group Member, Courage to Act
  • Ariana Kelly

    • Chair, Health Occupations and Long Term Care Subcommittee, Maryland General Assembly
  • Celeste Kidd

    • Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley

    Celeste Kidd is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, where her lab investigates learning and belief formation. The Kidd Lab is one of few in the world that combine technologically sophisticated behavioral experiments with computational models in order to broadly understand knowledge acquisition, including the psychology of discrimination. She is a recipient of the American Psychological Science Rising Star designation, the Glushko Dissertation Prize in Cognitive Science, and the Cognitive Science Society Computational Modeling Prize in Perception/Action. Kidd was named as one of TIME Magazines 2017 Persons of the Year as one of the "Silence Breakers" for her advocacy for greater equality, diversity, and inclusion in higher education.

  • Jacqueline Litra

    • Partner at Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost LLP
  • Carleen Mandolfo

    • Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs and Development at San Francisco State University

    Experienced University administrator with a successful history of working in upper leadership positions in higher ed. Skilled in Administration of educational institutions, Curricular development, Creative professional and leadership development, and Recruitment and Retention of a world class faculty, Diversity work, Conflict resolution, and Public Speaking. Experienced classroom instructor. Certified trainer in prison transformative restorative justice curriculum. PhD in Religious Studies.

  • Annika Martin

    • Partner at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP

    A partner in LCHB's New York office, Annika has extensive litigation experience in cutting-edge environmental, mass tort, product defect, and consumer protection cases and a demonstrated facility for explaining complex legal matters in simple terms. She has served as a resource for journalists on these and other matters, both on television and for print media.

  • Ann McGinley

    • William S. Boyd Professor of Law at the Boyd School of Law of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas

    Ann C. McGinley is the William S. Boyd Professor of Law at the Boyd School of Law of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she has taught Employment Law, Employment Discrimination, Torts, Disability Law, and seminars on employment and gender since 1999. Professor McGinley is the Co-Director of the Workplace Law Program and a member of the Health Law Program at Boyd School of Law. Professor McGinley is an internationally recognized scholar in the areas of employment, disability, and torts law and a leader in Multidimensional Masculinities Theory, an emerging discipline that applies masculinities theory from social sciences to legal interpretation.

  • Karen O'Connell

    • Associate Professor at UTS Faculty of Law

    Dr Karen O’Connell is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). She is an expert in discrimination law, gender equality and sexual harassment. She is on the advisory board of the Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law and a member of the Australian Discrimination Law Experts Group. She advises public and private organisations on equality and discrimination issues and actively contributes to law refrom in her fields. Prior to entering academia, she worked on national inquiries on human rights and gender equality and wrote Guidelines on Pregnancy Discrimination and Sexual Harassment for the Australian Human Rights Commission.

  • Shiwali Patel

    • Director of Justice for Student Survivors & Senior Counsel at the National Women's Law Center
  • Chessy Prout

    • Assistant at BURN LATER Productions, Author, International Speaker and Advocate

    Chessy Prout is a high school sexual assault survivor. Raised in Japan, Chessy matriculated to St. Paul’s School—a boarding school in New Hampshire that her father and sister attended. There, as a freshman, Chessy was the victim of a sexual assault. Chessy’s case and eventual trial garnered national and international media attention, as her assault was part of a ritual competition at the school called the “Senior Salute.” Two years later, in Chessy’s pursuit for justice, she decided to step forward publicly in August 2016 and launched the #IHaveTheRightTo initiative with the organization PAVE. As a PAVE Ambassador, Chessy worked with K–12 schools to speak about the importance of consent education. In 2017, Chessy cofounded I Have The Right To Org., a national non-profit in Washington, DC, dedicated to raising awareness of sexual assault in high schools.

  • Alex Pursley

    • Assistant Director, Systemwide Title IX Compliance at California State University, Office of the Chancellor
  • Alexa Sardina

    • California State University Sacramento

    Alexa D. Sardina, PhD is an Assistant Professor at California State University, Sacramento in the Division of Criminal Justice. Her scholarship focuses on female-perpetrated sexual violence, and how restorative processes can be used to address acts of sexual harm. Dr. Sardina has written and presented on research that combines her experience as an expert on sexual violence and rape survivor to encourage the perspective of “survivor scholars”. This brings an important perspective to sex crimes policy, treatment and healing, and aid in communal sexual violence prevention efforts. Dr. Sardina is also a co-founder of Ampersands Restorative Justice, a non-profit organization dedicated to using restorative processes to address sexual harm.

  • Erin Scott

    • Executive Director at Family Violence Law Center
  • Furaha-Joy Sekai Saungweme

    • Founder and Regional Coordinator of Africa End Sexual Harassment Initiative (AESHI)

    Furaha Joy Sekai Saungweme is a lawyer and the founder of Africa End Sexual Harassment Initiative (AESHI). She is a former Company Secretary as well as a 2019 fellow of Women Leaders for the World, (a project of How Women Lead based in the USA, California) which is a champion for promoting women in leadership globally. She sits on the Editorial Board of the Berkeley University Center on Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law and is part of the Berkeley COVID-19 Equality Law Working Group. Furaha has written widely on democracy, gender and socio-economic rights in Africa, presenting research papers and discussions at academic institutions in Africa, Europe and the USA.

  • Catherine Spear

    • Vice President, Office for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, USC

    Experienced senior administrator, leader, and civil rights attorney with a demonstrated history of working in private practice, government, and private and public institutions of higher education. Skilled in Policy Analysis, Internal Investigations, Administrative Law, Public Speaking, Discrimination and Harassment Law, Community Engagement, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Extensive supervisory and management experience building, transforming and leading diverse teams and talent.

  • Suzanne Taylor

    • Systemwide Title IX Director at University of California Office of the President
  • Alezah Trigueros

    • Partner at Oppenheimer Investigations Group LLP

    Alezah Trigueros is an attorney at Oppenheimer Investigations Group LLP, formerly the Law Offices of Amy Oppenheimer. Ms. Trigueros is a member of the State Bar of California, Board Secretary for the North California Employment Roundtable (NCERT), a member of the State Bar Labor and Employment Law Section, and a member of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI).

  • Marie Trimble-Holvick

    • Partner, Employment and Retail & Hospitality, Gordon & Rees

    Marie Trimble Holvick is a partner in the Employment and Retail & Hospitality practice groups at Gordon & Rees. Ms. Holvick’s experience includes handling employment matters involving allegations of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, whistleblower claims, violations of the FMLA, the FEHA, and the ADA, and PAGA and class action “wage and hour” violations. Ms. Holvick regularly provides advice and counseling, prepares employee handbooks, and conducts harassment and management training sessions.

  • Shafia Zaloom

    • Author and Health Educator at The Urban School

    Shafia Zaloom is a health educator, parent, consultant and author whose work centers on human development, community building, ethics, and social justice. Her approach involves creating opportunities for students and teachers to discuss the complexities of teen culture and decision-making with straight-forward, open and honest dialogue. Shafia has worked with thousands of children and their families in her role as teacher, coach, administrator, board member, and outdoor educator.