Stephen Vaughan advises and counsels colleges and universities on a variety of legal and compliance issues that are specific to higher education institutions, including Title IX of the Education Amendments, the Clery Act, as amended by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, student rights and discipline, faculty matters, and employment law. Stephen has extensive experience conducting compliance audits, conducting investigations, drafting policies and procedures, and advising higher education clients, including their counsel, Title IX coordinators and teams, investigators, adjudicators, hearing panels, appeal officers, administrators, and others, on all matters pertaining to the sexual misconduct process, along with educational programming and prevention. He also frequently assists faith-based institutions in their efforts to maintain compliance while adhering to mission. And, through trainED, Stephen regularly provides training mandated by federal and state law and other specialized training to institutions nationwide.
Stephen’s higher education experience extends to the courtroom as well, where he defends higher education institutions in Title IX lawsuits, particularly those related to the institutions’ investigations and adjudications of and determinations made in misconduct proceedings.
Stephen also advises clients on a wide range of employment law issues, including terminations, employment and severance agreements, employment-related claims, worker classification, post-termination covenants against competition, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary and other duties, fraud, tortious interference, and trademark infringement. He has successfully argued motions for preliminary injunctive relief and dispositive motions in a variety of contexts, and he has served as first chair and co-chair in federal and state courts trials on behalf of the firm’s clients.
In addition, Stephen has significant investigation experience, including conducting internal investigations and defending corporations, individuals, and higher education institutions in investigations conducted by Congress, the Department of Justice, United States attorneys and attorneys general of numerous states, and other state and federal agencies.
Stephen has represented employers in a wide range of matters involving litigation and investigations, including:
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