Peter advises colleges and universities nationwide on Title IX, the Clery Act, and other laws that apply in the higher education context. He helps develop Title IX policies and protocols to ensure compassionate, consistent, and balanced responses to incidents of sexual and gender-based discrimination and also conducts investigations involving allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other forms of prohibited conduct. Peter assists colleges and universities in conducting hearings as either a decision-maker or legal adviser; routinely delivers trainings on Title IX-related federal compliance; and has facilitated the informal resolution of a wide variety of sexual misconduct matters.
Prior to joining the firm, Peter served as a senior Title IX investigator at the University of Pennsylvania and prosecutor in the Special Victims Unit at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. While at Penn, he managed a wide variety of sexual misconduct matters involving students and faculty, was a member of the initial assessment response team, served on the restorative justice steering committee, and helped develop Penn’s eight-part educational program for students who violated its sexual misconduct policy.
During his nine years as a prosecutor in the Homicide & Family Violence and Sexual Assault Units at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, Peter gained extensive jury trial experience handling criminal matters involving sexual violence and homicide. As a senior sex-crimes litigator, he prosecuted cases involving alcohol-facilitated sexual assault and provided trainings to other prosecutors on medical and forensic evidence. In addition, Peter taught advanced interviewing techniques to forensic interviewers at the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance and trained social workers at the Department of Human Services how to properly respond to allegations of child sexual assault and issues related to teenage recantation. In 2013, Peter received the prestigious Lynne Abraham Prosecutor Award for Exemplary Services and Support to Victims and Witnesses of Crime.
Peter is co-chair of the firm’s Asian Attorney Resource Group and a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at San Diego and earned his J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law.