Suffolk police are investigating the death of a Stony Brook University student following a party at an off-campus fraternity house last week.
Stony Brook University sophomore, Nicholas Holt, tragically loses his life after attending Alpha Phi Delta fraternity party
The student, Nicholas Holt, was a sophomore at Stony Brook University and member of the Alpha Phi Delta fraternity, according to an article published by NBC 4 New York.
Stony Brook University has reported to NBC 4 New York that Nicholas lost his life several days after he was taken from the party to Mather Hospital.
Having represented victims of similar tragedies associated with fraternities, our hope is that Nicholas Holt’s family finds answers related to how this terrible loss transpired.
Our thoughts are with Nicholas’ family and community during this extremely difficult time.
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Cari Simon of School Violence Law and The Fierberg National Law Group is among an elite group of women selected to attend the White House Summit on the United State of Women!
Convened by the White House, the United State of Women Summit looks to rally women from all walks of life together to celebrate the progress/achievements made on behalf of women and girls and to discuss/set forth plans of action moving forward.
Set to take place the week of June 13th in Washington D.C., the Summit will feature speakers who will both educate and inspire attendees, while also focusing on the following topics:
Economic Empowerment: Discussing equal pay and paid leave, as well as childcare and diversity.
Health and Wellness: Looking at health coverage, preventative care, pregnancy and more.
Educational Opportunity: Covering education for girls and women, from early childhood to college.
Violence Against Women: How we can prevent it on campus and at home, in the US and abroad.
Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Supporting female entrepreneurs with access to capital and increasing markets.
Leadership and Civic Engagement: Furthering women’s roles in corporations, academia, the media and the public sector.
The United State of Women will be an important moment for both women and girls, domestically and internationally. Congratulations Cari!!
Federal Court of Appeals Rules In Favor of Transgender Student in Virginia Restroom Access Case
Gavin Grimm sued his school in Virginia after it decided that he would not be allowed to use the boys bathroom.
Gavin Grimm during an interview at his home in Gloucester, VA. Steve Helber/AP
Per NPR, Grimm, who was designated female but identifies as male, argued the policy violated Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program that gets federal funding. In 2015, the Department of Education issued a memo saying that when a school decides to treat students differently on the basis of sex, it “generally must treat transgender students consistent with their gender identity”
The US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Grimm, saying that a lower court should have deferred to the federal government’s assertion that Title IX protects transgender students.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, which brought the case to court on behalf of Grimm, says this is the first time a federal court has affirmed the Title IX protects transgender students.
“Today’s Fourth Circuit decision is a vindication for Gavin and a reinforcement of the Department of Education’s policy.With this decision, we hope that schools and legislators will finally get the message that excluding transgender kids from the restrooms is unlawful sex discrimination.” Joshua Block, a senior staff attorney at the ACLU Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Project said in a statement.
The ACLU’s official statement & press release can be viewed here.