Montgomery McCracken’s Institutional Response Practice Group provides wrap-around crisis management services to our clients in the public and private college and university settings. We handle all aspects of Title IX, VAWA & Clery Act policy preparation, compliance guidance, reporting, training, investigations, advising, and adjudication.

Our Institutional Response Team offers a collaborative process for policy audit and drafting, as well as continuing education training and materials as required for both publication to your institution’s website and in-person training. Our policy audits offer a valuable supplemental resource to your institution, including auxiliary audit services to ensure internally drafted policies are procedurally and substantively consistent with both current regulations and your institution’s core beliefs. We also edit and review Code of Conduct policies and grievance procedures outside of the presently promulgated regulations. Our training is offered to all stakeholders, including general community members, students, faculty, employees and decision-makers. While our training materials will be offered for publication, our rapid response team offers around-the-clock and continuing education services whenever questions or concerns arise.

With Ashley R. Lynam, John M. Myers, and Renee Nunley Smith leading this group, we offer decades of combined civil and criminal experience. Our team touts a true command of the rules of procedure and evidence. Title IX adjudicators are required to absorb, assess and analyze evidence in the balanced but bubbled world of a particular institution’s policies and presently promulgated federal regulations. Our team, which has tried numerous criminal and civil trials to jury and defended through appeal, is aptly situated to assess evidence, determine relevancy and offer thoughtful outcome reports as adjudicators. The breadth of our background as civil litigators makes us qualified to identify and appreciate the heightened exposure to all Title IX participants and proceed with care and caution in everything we do.

Likewise, our extensive civil and criminal trial experience makes us aptly qualified and valued advisors. With current federal regulations requiring live examination of Title IX grievance process participants, schools should look for knowledgeable advisors skilled in the art of cross-examination, which is exactly what you’ll find with our Title IX & Institutional Response Group. With experience in interviewing and cross-examining alleged victims, perpetrators, professional and lay witnesses at trial and in administrative proceedings, our team offers a full range of experience in this realm with the benefit of a far-sightedness earned through our hearing panel participation, appellate officer experience, and experience in federal litigation at both the trial and appellate levels.

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