EDUCATIONSyracuse University College of Law, J.D., 2006
Syracuse University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2003
- 2007, New York
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
- U.S. District Court of Colorado
- U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
- 2017 Super Lawyers New York Metro Rising Stars
- 2016 Super Lawyers New York Metro Rising Stars
- 2015 Super Lawyers New York Metro Rising Stars
- 2014 Super Lawyers New York Metro Rising Stars
Kimberly C. Lau, Chair of Title IX College Disciplinary Group Quoted in The New York Times on Title IX09/11/2018 | The New York Times
In a New York Times article about the proposed changes to Title IX, Warshaw Burstein Partner Kimberly Lau brought a fresh perspective to this highly charged discussion. She commented for a Times story that examined the impact the new rules would have on the number of misconduct investigations. The DOE estimated they will decline in K-12 schools by 50%, and at higher ed institutions by 39%.
Ms. Lau said equating the decline in investigations to a lack of regard for complainants "misses the big picture."
"The decline in investigations may decrease the pressure on schools to be results-oriented in their approach and more focused on how the process is implemented," Ms. Lau said. "If the department is focused on the process, then the right outcomes will naturally result one way or another."
She represents complainants and respondents in Title IX cases, as well as faculty.
To read the full Times story, click here.
Our partner, Kimberly C. Lau was quoted in the July 10, 2018 publication of The College Fix, in an article entitled: Judge Orders UMich to Give Accused Student a ‘Live Hearing’ to Cross-Examine Rape Accuser. Ms. Lau commented on the inherent deficiencies and deprivation of due process when schools adhere to the single investigator model system.07/11/2018 | www.thecollegefix.com
Kimberly Lau, chair of Warshaw Burstein’s Title IX/College Discipline practice, presented a solo webinar, “Litigating Title IX Claims: History, Trends and Predictions,” for Lawline as part of its March 8 Women’s Rights program. Video excerpts from the webinar will soon be posted. #TitleIX #Lawline #CLE #WarshawBurstein03/08/2018
Join @KimberlyLau_Esq for an upcoming Lawline presentation on March 8, 2018.02/28/2018
Litigating Title IX Claims: History, Trends and Predictions" #WarshawBurstein #TitleIX #CLE #Lawline. Click here to register.
Our Partner, Kimberly C. Lau, was quoted in the September 22, 2017 publication of The Legal Intelligencer, in an article entitled "Lawyers Could See Increase in Work After Trump Administration Issues New Title IX Guidance."10/06/2017 | The Legal Intelligencer
Ms. Lau discussed the importance of due process for all, and how the new title IX guidance announced by the Department of Education on Sept. 22 could impact legal representation of students.
Our partner, Kimberly C. Lau was quoted in NBC News on 9/22/2017.09/25/2017 | NBC News
Kimberly C. Lau comments on new interim Title IX guidance issued by Secretary DeVos aimed at combating sexual misconduct on campuses while treating all students fairly.
Our partner, Kimberly C. Lau was quoted in an op-ed in The New York Times on September 8, 2017.09/08/2017 | The New York Times
The op-ed discusses policy changes to Title IX announced by U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Ms. Lau shared her experiences in representing over 100 male and female students in campus sexual-assault cases.
Our partner, Kimberly C. Lau, was quoted in an Inside Higher Ed article dated August 4, 2017 entitled: What's Next on Title IX.08/08/2017 | Inside Higher Ed
The article discusses the potential policy changes and clarifications for Title IX guidelines under the Trump Administration, and Ms. Lau provided her insights on the need for more transparency in the process so that students are more aware of their rights.
Title IX Campus Misconduct Systems: Punish or Rehabilitate?07/27/2017
Ms. Lau was invited to speak before a group of Title IX administrators at the 2nd Annual Title IX ExecuSummit in Connecticut on July 25, and discussed the advantages of restorative justice in college discipline.
Title IX Attorney Kimberly Lau’s Tips for College Featured in Charlotte, Orlando News07/19/2017
Warshaw Burstein Partner Kimberly C. Lau, Esq., was featured in separate news reports airing on Tuesday’s 11 p.m. broadcasts on WCNC in Charlotte and WKMG in Orlando. Both stories addressed the challenges associated with Title IX tribunals on college campuses. The WKMG report includes video of Ms. Lau’s visit to the Dept. of Education to discuss bringing more transparency, due process and fairness to the department’s Title IX guidance. Click to watch the videos.
Top 5 Tips for College the Admissions Brochure Didn’t Prepare You For07/18/2017
As thousands of students nationwide prepare to start their first semester in college, many are unaware of the dangers lurking in their smartphone apps that could get students’ scholarships stripped away—or even kicked out of school. Title IX attorney Kimberly C. Lau put together some of her top tips that all students headed off to college should know to protect their futures.
Warshaw Burstein Partner Kimberly C. Lau To Present at Title IX ExecuSummit06/19/2017
Warshaw Burstein Partner Kimberly C. Lau will share her insights from having handled more than 100 Title IX cases with university administrators attending the second annual Title IX ExecuSummit.
Warshaw Burstein partner, Kimberly C. Lau, defeated a motion to dismiss her client’s Title IX, Due Process and writ of mandate claims challenging a disciplinary decision by UCSB. The significant ruling opens the door to use the federal courts to obtain a writ of mandate under California law to overturn a college disciplinary suspension—without forcing plaintiffs to first challenge state university decisions in state court. The court also adopted the McDonnell Douglas burden shifting framework for Title IX claims, requiring only "a plausible inference that the Defendants’ actions were the result of gender bias.” In sustaining the Due Process claim, the court determined that the student’s rights to notice of all the evidence against him were clearly established and violated here.06/13/2017
Our partner, Kimberly C. Lau, recently was quoted in an Inside Higher Ed article dated June 12, 2017 entitled: Do DeVos Comments Encourage Anti-Gay Bias? The article explores the lack of clear guidance from the Department of Education concerning how schools should protect the rights of LGBT students under Title IX. Click here to read the article in its entirety.06/12/2017 | Inside Higher Ed
Our partner, Kimberly C. Lau, was quoted in the April 25, 2017 publication The Daily Beast, in an article entitled “Student: Notre Dame Expelled Me Because I’m Male.” Ms. Lau commented on the growing trend of reverse discrimination lawsuits under Title IX in the wake of the Dear Colleague Letter of 2011. Click here to read the article in its entirety.04/25/2017 | The Daily Beast
Warshaw Burstein partner, Kimberly C. Lau, will be a featured speaker in a panel discussion entitled Raising the Bar: Creating a Legal Path, sponsored by Asian Women in Business and held at a national law firm. AWIB is a non-profit organization that assists Asian women entrepreneurs and professionals.04/14/2017
Our partner, Kimberly C. Lau, was quoted in the March 14, 2017 publication, The Daily Beast, in an article entitled “Former Princeton Student: I Was Raped, Expelled, and Forced to Leave U.S.” Ms. Lau provided commentary on her recent case, John Doe v. Princeton University, involving a gay male student’s claims that the Ivy League institution mishandled his allegations of sexual assault and expelled him after a suicide attempt in violation of Title IX and various state law claims. Click here to read the article in its entirety.03/14/2017 | The Daily Beast