Civil Rights, Restorative Justice, & the Law with Paige Duggins-Clay

Title IX, First Amendment & Trauma-Informed Approaches

Available Training Topics

Customizable to your district’s needs

Best Practices for Resolving Cases Informally: Restorative Justice as a Response to Student Misconduct

This training provides foundational information about the use of restorative justice as a response to student misconduct. Research shows that exclusionary discipline practices are harmful to both the excluded students and the school community. Restorative Justice can be utilized as a whole school discipline model and as a means of informally resolving various forms of individual misconduct, including as an alternative to a formal process under Title IX in some cases.

Title IX Compliance and Trauma-Informed Investigator’s Training

Primary Title IX training designed to provide foundational knowledge of this important law, the new regulations, and educator and institutional obligations for compliance. This training covers Title IX’s legislative, regulatory, and case law history; definitions and workshops for understanding prohibited sexual misconduct; intersection with state law requirements; employee issues; and unique challenges of responding to sexual misconduct involving minors. A full-day training on this topic can include best practices for Title IX investigations, adjudications, and disciplinary actions, with an emphasis on trauma-informed approaches. The training will be tailored to incorporate guided by any institutional policies, procedures, and practices.

Additional Topics
  • Civil Rights Issues, including compliance and litigation under federal civil rights statutes (e.g., institutional obligations under Title VI, Title IX, the ADA/Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act) and their state-law analogues
  • Equity in Education (especially in virtual learning)
  • Considerations for Returning to Campus during COVID-19
  • Educator Ethics
  • School Safety, Threat Assessment, and Behavioral Intervention
  • First Amendment & Free Speech Issues
  • School Finance

About Paige

Coming from a long family tradition of educators, Paige combines her passion for education with her desire to shape laws and challenge unjust ones that impact students of all ages and backgrounds. Paige’s practical experience as an education major and former teacher’s aide helps her counsel educational institutions in a wide array of issues. Paige’s practice includes investigating and litigating discrimination complaints, with a focus on organizational response to student misconduct. Paige also assists institutions in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations. Her work as a law clerk for Justice Jeff Boyd on the Texas Supreme Court and as an intern for Judge Lee Yeakel in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas further honed her legal, research, and writing skills. Prior to joining Husch Blackwell, Paige worked as a legislative aide and policy analyst to Texas State Senators Judith Zaffirini and Wendy Davis, where she advised on a variety of K-12 and higher education issues, including school finance, equity, and civil rights. Paige has also worked for several civil rights organizations, including the Texas Civil Rights Project, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid. Paige was recently named a “Up and Coming Lawyer” by the Austin Black Business Journal, and a “Top Attorney” by Austin Monthly magazine.

Customize an on-site, in-district professional development day

Virtual trainings that you can use to train your whole campus or district are available and pricing is based on the size of your district. Discounts available for multi-day trainings

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