Cozen O’Connor: Institutional Response Group

Institutional Response Group

Recent News:

Gina Maisto Smith Selected Among the Nation’s 100 Most Influential Lawyers

Gina Maisto Smith, chair of Cozen O'Connor’s Institutional Response Group, has been selected to The Business Journals’ Influencers: Law list, a list that spotlights 100 executives who have an impact on business and legal matters in communities across the nation.

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Cozen O’Connor’s Institutional Response Group delivers holistic responses to institutions confronting sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, child abuse, safety and security issues, and other forms of misconduct. We represent colleges, universities, K-12 educational and other child-serving institutions, as well as corporations, hospitals, religious institutions, and not-for-profit organizations, in connection with policy, compliance, investigations, and governance issues. 

Our Institutional Response attorneys have decades of experience conducting high-profile investigations into sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, child abuse, and other forms of misconduct, and assisting institutions in implementing trauma-informed, fair and impartial prevention and resolution processes.

Cozen O’Connor’s Institutional Response Group is led by recognized thought leaders in the field and features 10 pillars of practice:

  • Policy development and audit;
  • Design of infrastructure, systems and protocols;
  • Investigations;
  • Training and education;
  • Title IX, Clery, and other regulatory compliance;
  • Coordination with law enforcement in parallel investigations;
  • Counseling and advice;
  • Institutional governance;
  • Community engagement; and
  • Public service.

Our Institutional Response attorneys have been at the helm of high-profile investigations and engagements at major public and private educational institutions, including both secular and religious institutions, throughout the country. In addition, members of the Institutional Response Group have a long-standing investigative practice in the white collar, government and regulatory, and pharmaceutical arenas.

Events & Seminars

Upcoming Events

Mapping the Courts: Understanding the Due Process Application in Campus Investigations

June 04, 2019 - Glassboro, NJ

Gina Maisto Smith and Maureen Holland will be speaking at the 2019 Title IX Summit.

Past Events

2018 Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference

October 15, 2018 - Burlington, VT

Title IX Investigator Training

September 24, 2018 - South Orange, NJ

Master the Disaster

July 19, 2018 - Schaumburg, IL

Creating a Culture of Compliance

June 06, 2018 - Asheville, NC

2018 NAIS Annual Conference

March 07, 2018 - Atlanta, GA

2018 Campus Safety and Violence Prevention Forum

March 05, 2018 - Portsmouth, VA

National Conference on Law and Higher Education

February 05, 2018 - Clearwater Beach, Florida

Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference

October 09, 2017 - Burlington, VT

2017 CWAG Annual Meeting

July 30, 2017 - San Francisco, CA

2017 Thomas More College Inaugural Conference

July 18, 2017 - Crestview Hills, KY

NACUA Annual Conference 2017

June 25, 2017 - Chicago, IL

2017 Regional Rules Seminars

May 16, 2017 - Indianapolis, IN

From Prevention to Best Practices

May 08, 2017 - Austin, TX

In The News

Gina Maisto Smith Selected Among the Nation’s 100 Most Influential Lawyers

July 20, 2018

Gina Maisto Smith, chair of Cozen O'Connor’s Institutional Response Group, has been selected to The Business Journals’ Influencers: Law list, a list that spotlights 100 executives who have an impact on business and legal matters in communities across the nation.

Former Chief Prosecutor with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Joins Institutional Response Group

February 27, 2018

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce Michael J. Stackow — a long-time prosecutor with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office — has joined its Institutional Response Group (IRG) as counsel.

Maureen Holland Named Interim Title IX Coordinator at Baylor University

December 07, 2017

Maureen Holland, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Institutional Response Group, was named the Interim Title IX Coordinator at Baylor University.

A Legal Industry Built on Private School Sex Abuse

September 28, 2017

Gina Maisto Smith, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Institutional Response Group and Leslie Gomez, vice chair, discussed in The New York Times the investigations that have taken place in private schools for sexual abuse.

Cozen O’Connor Welcomes Devon Turner Riley to its Institutional Response Group

August 07, 2017

Firm Continues to Expand its Practice, Which Helps Institutions Respond to Sexual and Gender-based Harassment and Violence, Child and Elder Abuse, and Other Misconduct

Cozen O’Connor Acquires Safety and Security Consulting Firm

August 03, 2017

Margolis Healy & Associates serves universities, colleges, K-12 schools, government agencies, and private entities across the country on matters of safety and security

College Lawyers Say Title IX Process Must Be Fair to Both Parties

June 26, 2017

Leslie Gomez, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Institutional Response Group, discusses Title IX in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Cozen O’Connor Welcomes Five Lawyers Nationally Renowned in the Institutional Response to Misconduct

February 06, 2017

Lawyers will launch expanded practice focusing on holistic responses to sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, child abuse, and other misconduct

Contacts

Gina Maisto Smith

Chair, Institutional Response Group

gmsmith@cozen.com

(215) 665-5540

Leslie M. Gomez

Vice Chair, Institutional Response Group

lgomez@cozen.com

(215) 665-5546

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Upcoming Event:

Mapping the Courts: Understanding the Due Process Application in Campus Investigations

Glassboro, NJ 06/04/2019

Gina Maisto Smith and Maureen Holland will be speaking at the 2019 Title IX Summit.

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