E. Katherine Hajjar
Kate is an education and employment attorney in Bond’s Higher Education Practice Group. Her practice, which encompasses a wide range of education and employment related expertise, is dedicated to helping clients reach their institutional goals.
Kate primarily counsels higher education institutions, private independent and public schools, and not-for-profit cultural and social service institutions on issues involving student affairs, faculty affairs, First Amendment issues, internal investigations, workplace and student reasonable accommodations, hiring and termination practices, academic freedom, and risk management strategies.
Kate’s practice covers the range of laws that govern the operation of such institutions and she has particular experience on matters involving:
- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Clery Act
- Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504
- New York Education Law, including Articles 129-A and 129-B
- New York State Human Rights Law
- New York City Human Rights Law
Kate trains personnel on how to conduct effective internal investigations and prevent harassment and discrimination in the workplace and in academic settings. She drafts and works with clients to develop institution specific policies and procedures for workplace conduct as well as policies and procedures applicable to students and faculty in academic settings.
Kate defends clients in federal court and before government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the New York State Division of Human Rights (NYSDHR), and the New York State Education Department (NYSED).
Kate is an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) and serves as a Co-Coordinator of the New York NACUA Affinity Group.
Honors and Affiliations
- National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)
- Committee on Program, 2017-2018
- Committee on Web Page Legal Resources, 2016-2017
- Committee on Membership and Member Services, 2014-2016
- Co-Coordinator, New York NACUA Affinity Group, 2014-present
- New York City Bar Association
- Moderator, Managing Student Health and Safety Abroad: From Sexual Assaults to Suicidal Students, NACUA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL (6/28/17)
- Moderator, Ensuring That Your Institution’s Website is ADA-Compliant: Key Issues for U.S. Colleges and Universities, Moderator, Higher Education Council of the Employment Law Alliance Webinar (5/24/16)
- Workplace Violence: Preventing and Responding to the Unthinkable, Bond Labor and Employment Law Breakfast Briefing, New York, NY (4/28/16)
- Employment Law Alliance Workplace Violence Webinar, (3/21/16)
- Discussion Leader, Investigations and Role of Fair Process and Single Fact Finder, NACUA CLE Workshop, Nashville, TN (1/22/16)
- Sexual Assault in the K-12 Schools: Prevention and Response, New York City Bar Association, New York, NY (11/10/15)
- N.Y. Educ. Law Article 129-B, Bond Client Seminar, New York, NY (7/8/15)
- Best Practices for Managing Employee Terminations, Bond Workplace Labor & Employment and Human Resources Seminar, New York, NY (5/14/15)
- “Further Breaking News for New York State Institutions: State Provides Clarification on Article 129-B Audit,” Higher Education Law Report, 7/8/17
- “Breaking News for New York Institutions: State to Narrow Scope of Article 129-B Audit,” Higher Education Law Report, 7/6/17
- “N.Y. Education Law Article 129-B Notice of Audit Issued to New York Colleges and Universities,” Higher Education Law Report, 6/30/17
- “Supreme Court Remands Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., Will Not Hear Transgender Student’s Case,” Higher Education Law Report, 3/7/17
- “U.S. Department of Justice and Department of Education Rescind Obama Era Guidance on Transgender Students,” Higher Education Law Report, 2/24/17
- “Supreme Court Will Review Fourth Circuit Decision in Transgender Student’s Rights Case,” Higher Education Law Report, 10/31/16
- “Highlights of New York State Guidance on N.Y. Education Law Article 129-B,” Higher Education Law Report, 6/9/16
- “Fourth Circuit Decides Case on Transgender Students’ Rights,” Higher Education Law Report, 5/5/16
- “Second Circuit Decisions in Glatt and Wang Likely Preserve Essential Internship Opportunities,” Higher Education Law Report, 7/30/15
- Amicus Brief on behalf of the American Council on Education et al. to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, 4/3/14