Former U-Va. student seeks to block new U.S. law on campuses’ handling of sexual assaults

Today, The Washington Post ran this story about the Marsh Law Firm's landmark civil rights action against the United States Department of Education and the University of Virginia. Here are some excerpts:

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Landmark Civil Rights Action Filed by Campus Rape Victim to Halt New Federal Law

A University of Virginia rape victim represented by the Marsh Law Firm has filed a landmark civil rights action to stop a new federal law from undermining pending federal investigations of UVA’s mishandling of a sexual assault case on campus.

Two separate cases—each filed as a Petition for a Writ of Mandamus and Equitable Relief—were lodged with the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on Friday, February 21, 2014 and docketed today.

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Title IX Prohibits Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence at Colleges and Universities

On April 4, 2011, the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights issued an historic "Dear Colleague" letter which outlined the requirements colleges and universities must employ to protect students from sexual harassment and sexual violence at college. One of the primary goals of the landmark civil rights lawsuit filed by the Marsh Law Firm is to preserve the critical gains established by the DE's letter.

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