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Bullying and Civil Rights: An Overview of School Districts' Federal Obligation to Respond to Harassment

Photo of Joseph WardenskiJoseph Wardenski is a trial attorney in the Educational Opportunities Section of the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division. Since joining the Justice Department in January 2010, Joe has handled cases and investigations involving peer-on-peer harassment, school desegregation, gender-based discrimination, and services for English Language Learner students. He was previously an associate at a large New York law firm, where his practice involved commercial litigation and pro bono matters on behalf of students with disabilities, domestic violence victims, and homeless LGBT youth. Joe is a native of Manahawkin, New Jersey. He graduated from Princeton University and received his law degree from Northwestern University School of Law and a Master's Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

Photo of Joe WheelerJoe Wheeler is an attorney in the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights, where for the past three years he has worked on a variety of legal policy issues under the federal civil rights laws, particularly Title IX. He previously worked in private practice representing, among other clients, New York school districts. Joe graduated from American University and Cornell Law School.

Photo of Becky MonroeBecky Monroe currently serves as the Acting Director of the Community Relations Service (CRS), a component of the U.S. Department of Justice. Becky joined CRS after working as Counsel at the Constitution Project. Before the Constitution Project, Becky served as the Director of the Employment Rights Project at Bet Tzedek Legal Services in Los Angeles, California where she represented low-wage immigrant workers and women who were trafficked for labor. Before working at Bet Tzedek, Becky was a litigation associate at Strummwasser and Woocher, LLP, a public interest law firm in Santa Monica, California. A graduate of Georgetown University and Yale Law School, she served as a law clerk to Judge Richard A. Paez of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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