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The information and materials provided during this program were for educational purposes only and not intended to be legal advice. Attendees should seek independent legal advice concerning the issues presented.

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9:00 am – 9:20 am           Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:20 am – 10:20 am        Overview of the New Title IX Regulations

Speaker: Patrick B. Mathis, JD LLM MBA

This opening presentation will review the recently adopted Title IX regulations, including the three-pronged definition of sexual harassment, a school’s obligation to provide supportive measures, the formal complaint process, investigations, informal resolution options, standards of evidence, and hearings.

Program Materials: Overview of New Title IX Regulations_August 2020

10:20 am – 10:30 am       Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm      Continuum of Sexual Misconduct, Implicit Biases & Equitable Responses

Speakers: Emily DeSanctis, MBA & Danielle Mixon, LCSW

As a leader in providing comprehensive, trauma-informed trainings nationwide, RAINN’s consulting team will deliver a tailored, interactive training on responding to the Title IX process in an unbiased, fair, and equitable way.

The session will explore the sexual misconduct continuum, from unhealthy societal attitudes to key conduct terms in the new Title IX regulations. Participants will deepen their understanding of virtual incidents of misconduct, consider how to approach less explicit behavior that often precedes sexual misconduct, and recognize that all attitudes and behaviors on the continuum have the potential for harm. In order to fulfill their Title IX role impartially, participants will define and recognize their own implicit biases and, in turn, identify concrete, unbiased strategies applicable for responding to both complainants and respondents.

Program Materials: RAINN_Title IX Solutions_Training Overview_Final

*Please note: RAINN requires the following disclaimer language to accompany these training program materials should your school post these materials on its website. 

Training participants are able to post or link the training overview into their university webpages referencing training materials. If you choose to do this, you must include the following language below the embedded/linked document:

The information provided during the training was for educational purposes only, and not intended to be legal advice. Attendees with legal questions may want to seek independent legal advice.  This Training Overview is the property of RAINN and all rights are reserved, © RAINN 2020.  The publishing of these materials on this website is authorized by RAINN solely for use in compliance by this institution with Regulation §106.45(b)(10)(i)(D). No further use or dissemination is authorized without the prior written consent of RAINN.

12:00 pm – 12:40 pm      Lunch Break

12:40 pm – 1:40 pm        Title IX Investigation Procedures & Best Practices

Speakers: Isaac A. (Ron) Bratcher III & Thomas A. Denton

A review of the guidelines for investigations under the recently released Title IX regulations will be coupled with guidance from experienced investigators on the practical aspects of conducting an investigation into an alleged incident of sexual harassment. Topics include designing an investigation plan, gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, maintaining an investigation record, determining the relevance of information developed during an investigation, and writing an investigation report.

Program Materials: Title IX Investigation Procedures and Best Practices 8.6.2020Investigator ChecklistTitle IX Investigators_Collected Items Log, Title IX Investigators_Photograph Log

1:40 pm – 1:50 pm           Break

1:50 pm – 2:50 pm           Informal Resolutions

Speakers: Robert D. Litz, JD, James W. Reeves, JD LLM, Michael Geigerman, JD

This session will discuss informal resolution processes, sometimes referred to as Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), including mediation, arbitration and restorative justice. The program will cover a detailed discussion of the mediation process, including preparation before mediation, what to expect during mediation and the role of the mediator. It will also cover specific requirements of 34 CFR Section 106.45(b)(9).

Program Materials: Informal Resolution 8.6.20

2:50 pm – 3:50 pm           Hearing Processes & Determining Relevance

Speakers: Kim L. Kirn, JD, Melvin Kennedy, JD MPA, Honorable Patricia A. Riehl

This presentation will cover the hearing process under 34 CFR Section 106.45(b)6), including selection of the Decision Maker (hearing officer), pre-hearing issues and hearing procedures. The discussion will also cover determining relevant evidence and cross examination of witnesses, as well as the appeal process and requirements under 34 CFR Section 106.45(b)(8).

Program Materials: Hearing Processes, Appeals & Determining Relevance – 8.6.20, Relevant Questions and Cross-Examination_Judge Patricia Riehl

3:50 pm – 4:00 pm          Break

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm          Risk Management & Litigation Analysis

Speaker: Whitney M. Dowdy

Join us in this session as we identify specific areas of risk under Title IX for your institution and ways to reduce that risk. We will engage in a discussion on understanding your institution’s policy, procedures, and the rights and responsibilities of all parties, as well as best practices to implement. We will also examine current case law and discuss trends in Title IX litigation to help you avoid similar outcomes.

Program Materials: Risk Management and Litigation Analysis 8.6.2020



9:00 am – 11:00 am        Trauma-Informed Interview Techniques

Speaker: Chief Thomas R. Tremblay (Ret)

The trauma-informed victim / complainant interview is grounded in responsiveness to the impact of trauma.  By understanding trauma, all those who work with victims / complainants can contribute to their immediate and long-term recovery and lay the foundation for mutual cooperation, respect, and trust for which a successful interview is built. Helpful communication strategies and interview skills to help capture the victim / complainant experience will be shared including exploring sensory details, reframing questions to avoid blaming language and tone, and interviewing for clarification of facts and evidence.

Program Materials: Trauma-Informed Interview Handout_T.Tremblay_8-7-2020

*Please note: Tom Tremblay Consulting requires the following authorization & disclaimer language to accompany these training program materials should your school post these materials on its website

These materials are the property of Title IX Solutions, LLC and Tom Tremblay Consulting. All rights reserved, ©2020. The publishing of these materials on this website is authorized by Title IX Solutions, LLC and Tom Tremblay Consulting solely by this institution for use in compliance with Regulation 34 CFR 106.45(b)(10)(i)(D). No other use or dissemination is authorized without the prior written consent of Title IX Solutions, LLC and Tom Tremblay Consulting.

The information and materials provided during this program were for educational purposes only and not intended to be legal advice. Attendees should seek independent legal advice concerning the issues presented.

11:00 am – 11:10 am       Break

11:10 am – 12:30 pm      Strategies for Establishing Rapport & Optimizing Interviews

Speakers: Isaac A. (Ron) Bratcher III & Thomas A. Denton, Jr.

Experienced investigators will address techniques for establishing rapport with parties and other interview skills to help investigators optimize information developed during interviews while treating complainants, respondents, and witnesses with respect. Topics will include the role of advisors, working as an investigative team, the significance of school policy, gathering electronic evidence, recognizing and addressing conflicts of interest and potential implicit and explicit biases, and cyber interviews.

Program Materials: Strategies for Establishing Rapport & Optimizing Interviews, Sexual Misconduct Investigation Manual_August 2020

12:30 pm – 1:10 pm      Lunch Break

1:10 pm – 2:10 pm        Question & Answer Session with Trauma-Informed Expert

Facilitator: Chief Thomas R. Tremblay (Ret)

National leader in the development and delivery of Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigations, Tom Tremblay, will lead participants through a one-hour conversation regarding the impacts of trauma. Participants are encouraged to bring questions about this topic to the session.

2:10 pm – 2:20 pm           Break

2:20 pm – 3:20 pm           Option One: Question & Answer Session with RAINN Subject-Matter Experts

Facilitators: Emily DeSanctis, MBA & Danielle Mixon, LCSW

With the knowledge of the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, RAINN’s subject-matter experts (SME) will deliver a one-hour guided discussion to address participants’ questions and concerns regarding the Title IX process that fall within RAINN’s area of expertise.

The SME will elicit questions directly from participants prior to the session through a confidential and anonymous survey. During the discussion, the SME will answer pre-submitted questions, expanding on related concepts to provide a deeper understanding of sexual misconduct awareness, prevention, and response. Participants will have an opportunity for further questions and discussion within the session.

2:20 pm – 3:20 pm           Option Two: Mock Mediation*

Facilitators: Kenneth M Chackes, JD & Michael S. Geigerman, JD

Participants will have the opportunity to observe a Title IX mediation involving a complainant, respondent, and school representative, each accompanied by their advisors. Throughout the mock mediation, the participants will step out of their roles to explain and critique the mediation process and provide advice to assist attendees in understanding how the mediation process may be beneficial in addressing Title IX cases on their campuses.

Program Materials: Stages of MediationMock Mediation Scenario

3:20 pm – 3:30 pm          Break

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm          Option One: Role-Playing Scenarios with Professional Investigators*

Facilitators: Isaac A. (Ron) Bratcher III & Thomas A. Denton, Jr.

Walk through interviews of a complainant and respondent with two experienced law enforcement investigators as they demonstrate various techniques and skills discussed during this two-day program. These instructors will not only conduct the interview but also step out of their roles to discuss the approaches, techniques, and goals of effective interviews with program participants.

Program Materials: Investigation Scenario

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm          Option Two: Mock Hearing*

Facilitator: Judge Michael T. Jamison

An experienced trial court judge and mediator will serve as the decision-maker in this mock hearing, which will include a complainant and respondent with their advisors. The parties and advisors will present evidence and conduct cross-examination while the decision-maker decides issues of relevance. Throughout the hearing, the parties will discuss issues related to the hearing and share insights and advice with program participants.

Program Materials: Mock Hearing Scenario, Title IX Decision Maker Outline_Final

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm          Wrap-Up & Closing Remarks

*Session will be recorded and available to registered participants free of charge


General Objectives:

  • Review the Title IX definition of “Sexual Harassment”
  • Gain an understanding of the Title IX investigation and grievance processes
  • Understand the continuum of sexual misconduct specific to the Title IX process
  • Recognize and address personal biases
  • Identify core principles to providing an unbiased, fair, and equitable response to all parties involved in incidents of sexual misconduct

Investigation Objectives:

  • Understand the investigation procedural requirements under the new regulations
  • Identify steps to designing and executing a thorough Title IX investigation
  • Learn methods for determining relevance of information and preparing an investigation report that fairly summarizes relevant evidence
  • Learn techniques for interviewing parties
  • Recognize and avoid conflicts of interest and bias as well as ways to avoid prejudgment of the facts at issue in order to serve as an impartial investigator
  • Recognize trauma in the context of sexual assault / misconduct to assist in preparing for the victim / complainant interview.
  • Identify helpful communication strategies to promote victim empowerment and encourage continuation in the administrative and/or criminal justice process.
  • Develop trauma-informed victim / complainant interview skills to help capture and consider potentially compelling evidence of the victim’s experience.
  • Learn methods of developing rapport to improve the effectiveness of interviewing respondents, complainants, and witnesses

Grievance Process Objectives:

  • Understand the neutral hearing process, including the responsibilities of the decision- maker.
  • Understand each party’s right to an advisor and the process for asking relevant questions during cross-examination of parties
  • Review standards decision-makers are to follow that are set by the school, including “preponderance of evidence” or “clear and convincing” standards.
  • Understand the appeal process, including grounds to appeal, required notices and opportunities to submit written arguments.
  • Gain a general understanding of various informal resolution processes
  • Learn practical techniques in preparation for and during mediation toward a goal of resolving Title IX complaints
  • Understand the applicability of informal resolution processes to resolve Title IX complaints and the timing of when to mediate

TIXS will provide participants with training materials to post on their website, in compliance with the new Title IX Regulations (§106.45(b)(10)(i)(D). This training course will offer instruction regarding the Title IX investigation, grievance, and appeal processes, as required by the new regulations. The training will not include institutional-specific training or individualized assessments of policies and procedures.



Federal Bureau of Investigation, Special Agent (Ret.), Professional Investigator

Title IX Solutions, LLC


During his 28 year 9 month career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Ron investigated numerous violations of federal law, including: Bank Fraud, Bankruptcy Fraud, Public Corruption, Child Pornography, Bank Robbery, Bank Robbery Resulting in Death, Drug Violations, Domestic Terrorism, International Terrorism, and Crimes on United States Reservation (United States Prison).  During these investigations, Ron recorded over a thousand conversations between sources and subjects and conducted thousands of covert surveillances. Ron applied for, received, and executed hundreds of search warrants and arrest warrants. He also provided testimony before Grand Juries and at trials hundreds of times.

 As a Task Force Coordinator, Ron was responsible for organizing individuals from multiple Police/Sheriff’s Departments and directing those individuals toward investigating Federal crimes. As a Task Force Coordinator and a Case Agent, Ron was responsible for locating and interviewing witnesses/subjects, preparing reports of interviews, completing financial analysis, collecting and processing items of interest (evidence), attending autopsies, downloading and analyzing cellular telephone data, serving subpoenas, analyzing subpoenaed data, preparing exhibits, and preparing prosecutive reports.

During his employment as a Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent, Ron was trained to use Cellebrite Universal Forensic Extraction Device. Ron used the device to download and analyze well over a hundred cellular telephones for Federal, State, and Local investigators.

Education: Trauma Informed Sexual Assault Training (2019); Human Intelligence Intermediate Course (2016); Technically Trained Agent (TTA) Concealment Fabrication Course (2013); TTA Certification (2011); Giga Tribe/Roundup Cyber Training (2011); TTA Introduction to Computers and Network Technologies (2010); TTA Tracking Technology Certification Course (2010); TTA Basic Telecommunications Intercept Course (2010); TTA Basic Video Course (2010); TTA Basic Microphone/Audio Course (2010); TTA Basic Electronics Course (2009); Basic EEO Counselor Training (2009); Basic Counterintelligence Operations (2004); Intro to Cyber Crime (2004); EEO Investigators’ Training (1993); Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Training (1989); University of Tennessee-Martin –B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology (1986)



U.S. Arbitration & Mediation (USA&M)


Ken Chackes has served as a mediator in over 175 cases over the last 20 years, primarily in the areas of education, employment and civil rights. He also has represented parties in more than 100 additional mediations as part of his litigation practice. Ken is a Qualified Mediator for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri; and the Circuit Court for the City of St. Louis.

Ken also has significant litigation experience, specializing in employment discrimination, disability law, education law, civil rights, sexual abuse, and other civil matters.

Ken has been a frequent speaker and author regarding legal rights and civil litigation for numerous organizations including Eighth Circuit Judicial Conferences; the American Bar Association; the Missouri Bar; the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis; Washington University School of Law; St. Louis University School of Law; University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law; Legal Services Attorney Training Programs in Missouri and Illinois; and numerous community organizations.

Education: USA&M Advanced Mediator Training (2017, 2019); Member of Training Faculty for Master Class in Civil Mediation, Washington University School of Law (2004) and Two-Day Civil Mediation Training (2004); Mediation Training for Civil Cases, University of Missouri School of Law (1999); Full-time Visiting Assistant Professor at Washington University School of Law as a (1984-1988), teaching Trial Practice, Pre-trial Practice and Procedure (including settlement negotiations and ADR), and in the Civil Litigation Clinic; St. Louis University School of Law (J.D. cum laude 1976); Tulane University (B.A. Psychology 1971)


Co-Founder & Director of Investigations

Title IX Solutions, LLC

Tom Denton founding member of Title IX Solutions and Tactical 97 Group retired chief of police and law enforcement officer

Tom Denton is a founding member of Title IX Solutions, LLC and Tactical 97 Group, LLC. He is a retired Chief of Police and career law enforcement officer with over 31 years of public service with municipal, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. In 2005, he founded Tactical Investigations, LLC and has been a licensed private detective for 15 years. Tom has extensive experience investigating child sexual assaults and Title IX violations. He has received specialized training in Forensic Child Interviewing and state-of-the-art Trauma Informed Interviewing techniques and is a certified Title IX Investigator.

Tom was a sworn Special Federal Officer with an F.B.I. Violent Crimes Task Force in the Southern District of Illinois. He specialized in electronic surveillance and suspect interviews. Tom investigated organized criminal enterprises concentrating on large scale drug trafficking, weapons, and gang violence.

Tom is a leader in many local and national organizations. He is a Life Member of the Illinois and International Association of Chiefs of Police. He currently serves as Vice President (Central Chapter) of Associated Detectives and Security Agencies of Illinois, President of Illinois Association of Professional Process Servers, and is an active member of the National Council of Investigation and Security Services, National Association of Professional Process Servers and Association of Title IX Administrators.


Director of Training and Education, Consulting Services

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)


As the Director of Training and Education for RAINN’s Consulting Services team, Emily has supported and advised clients across varying industries, including educational institutions, in their prevention and response strategies. In addition to training faculty, staff, and students on how to create healthier, safer communities and better support survivors, she leads curriculum development to ensure that instructional information is relevant and actionable to every participant and environment. Emily also works with educational institutions around the country in crisis management and prevention strategies through comprehensive program assessments, facilitated dialogues, and policy reviews and development.

Emily earned her MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with her BA from Tulane University.

 RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, leading the country in providing services that are victim-centered and trauma-informed. RAINN utilizes best and promising practices in the field of sexual assault prevention and response, as well as lessons learned from the over 3 million users of the National Sexual Assault Hotline and Online hotline.



Baker Donelson


As a shareholder in the Memphis office of Baker Donelson, Ms. Dowdy has extensive experience representing clients in employment matters before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, state agencies, and in various state and federal courts.

Ms. Dowdy’s work for employers includes drafting employee handbooks and policies, training supervisors and managers on the implementation of these policies, and providing guidance and advice on current employment-related legislation and agency initiatives. Ms. Dowdy has successfully defended employers against employee claims and audits by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, and various other state and federal agencies.

Ms. Dowdy also regularly advises higher education institutions on matters related to Title IX. Specifically, Ms. Dowdy serves as a Title IX investigator and provides training on Title IX investigations for higher education institutions.

Ms. Dowdy has experience representing other clients in eminent domain matters, appellate actions, and business or commercial litigation.

Ms. Dowdy previously served as Law Clerk to The Honorable Karl S. Forester, U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky.


Managing Director, Mediator

U.S. Arbitration & Mediation (USA&M)


Mr. Geigerman is the Managing Director of USA&M and has mediated over 4,400 mediations since 1986. His vast experience ranges from abuse to wrongful termination, as well as serious personal injury (involving numerous seven and eight figure settlements), professional malpractice, clergy and school abuse, police brutality, employment discrimination (racial, sex, age and ADA) multi-cultural conflicts and first amendment claims.  Mike is also called upon to serve as arbitrator in difficult cases.

He serves as a qualified neutral for the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri. He has been an Adjunct Professor at Washington University School of Law since 2000. Mike has been selected as a Best Lawyer in America (in mediation) since 2007 and a Missouri Super Attorney (in mediation) since 2000 and voted the Best Mediator in Missouri in 2008; Best Arbitrator/Mediator in 2009 and the best Mediator in St. Louis in 2017.

Prior to entering private practice, he served as Associate General Counsel for Illini Federal Savings & Loan.  From 1973-1997, Mike engaged in the general practice of law in St. Louis, Missouri. Mike is licensed to practice law in Missouri and Illinois.


  • Distinguished Fellow, International Academy of Mediators
  • Member, The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Missouri Bar (co-chair of the Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2001-2003) (Chair 2018-2020)
  • Member, Missouri Supreme Court ADR Commission
  • Member, USDC, E.D. MO Advisory Committee on ADR
  • BAMSL (ADR Committee chair,(1995-1996)(2017-2018) and Fee Dispute Chair 1996-1998)
  • President, Congregation Shaare Emeth, 1996-1998
  • Panel Member, CPR, International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution

Education:  Presenter, trainer and attendee in over a hundred seminars and mediation trainings since 1986. This includes programs sponsored by Pepperdine University School of Law, the International Academy of Mediators, Washington University School of Law, The Missouri Bar, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, as well as USA&M, the American College of E-Neutrals and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. University of Oklahoma, JD 1971; University of Wisconsin, BA 1968


Missouri Circuit Judge (Ret), Mediator

U.S. Arbitration & Mediation (USA&M)


Michael T. Jamison retired as a Circuit Judge for the State of Missouri in December 2019 after twenty-two years on the bench. He is a mediator with United States Arbitration & Mediation. Mr. Jamison is an Adjunct Professor for St. Louis Community College. He has taught Business Law, Employment Law, Contracts and Administrative Law, as well as Economics.

Mr. Jamison previously engaged in the corporate practice of law as an Associate General Counsel in the Labor Law Section of the Legal Department of Anheuser-Busch Companies from 1994 to 1997. 

Mr. Jamison was employed as a Field Attorney, Trial Specialist with the National Labor Relations Board from 1976-1992, where he handled numerous unfair labor practice investigations and litigation.

Mr. Jamison was a senior associate with the Law Firm of Lashly & Baer, P.C. for two years after leaving the federal government. His practice consisted of labor and employment law, governmental law, and education law on behalf of the St. Louis Public Schools.

Education:  USA&M Advanced Mediation Training; Civil Mediation Training University of Missouri School of Law and Supplemental Mediation Training for the United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri. Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, 1973, from Washington University; and a Juris Doctors degree, 1976, from St. Louis University School of Law. 



U.S. Arbitration & Mediation (USA&M)


Mr. Kennedy has been admitted to practice law in Missouri and Illinois since 1993. He has practiced in the areas of employment discrimination, bankruptcy/creditors’ rights and criminal defense. Mr. Kennedy has represented both employers and employees in employment discrimination cases. For fourteen (14) years, he worked as a Senior Trial Attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). As a mediator, Mr. Kennedy has mediated employment disputes throughout Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Oklahoma and Nebraska. Mr. Kennedy is certified to mediate lawsuits filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and qualified under Missouri Supreme Court Rule 17 as a mediator for the Circuit Courts for the Twenty-First and Twenty-Second Judicial Circuits in Missouri. 

Education: B.S., Truman State University, 1981; Master of Public Affairs, University of Missouri – Columbia, 1983 (with honors); J.D., St. Louis University, 1993 (Cum Laude); Washington University School of Law, Civil Mediation Training, 2004; Association of Attorney Mediators – St. Louis Chapter mediation updates (monthly); ADR Court-Certified Neutrals Seminar January 2014; Association of Attorney Mediators Training – Mastering the Art of Mediation Advocacy, October 2014; ADR Court-Certified Neutrals Seminar January 2016.


Mediator & Arbitrator

U.S. Arbitration & Mediation (USA&M)


Kim Kirn is a full-time mediator and arbitrator with hundreds of completed cases relating to education including special education, American with Disabilities Act, housing, affirmative action, tenure, sexual harassment and employment.  Kim frequently acts as a Fact-Finder for the Illinois State Universities Civil Service System and previously served as a Hearing Board Member for the  Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC)  Her work with the Civil Service System requires that she act as a mediator to see if resolution is possible before beginning the hearing.  This unique experience in conducting mediation-arbitrations, sometimes referred to as Med-Arb can be cost effective and very attractive to the parties looking to resolve disputes in one day or less.

She mediates disputes through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE); and the Illinois State Board of Education as well as United States Arbitration & Mediation (USA&M); the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); the Greater Gateway Association of Realtors (GGAR); the Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois;  She arbitrates cases through the American Arbitration Association (AAA); USA&M and the Financial Industries Regulatory Authority (FINRA).  Her web site is www.kimlkirnlaw.com and her “Mediation Under the Arch” blog addresses the serious, and not-so serious, side of ADR at https://kirnmediation.blogspot.com

Prior to joining USA&M, Kim served as legal counsel for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) and the Illinois State Comptroller.  She was the recipient of the Kimmel Leadership Award while working at SIUE.  Additionally, she has taught college level Business Law and Ethics courses. Earlier in her career, Kim practiced law with Lord, Bissell and Brook in Chicago.

She has written numerous legal articles on education, sexual harassment, privacy in the workplace, published in the St. Louis Lawyer, Illinois Bar Journal, GGAR Outlook publication and American Jurisprudence Proof of Fact.  In addition, she has taught many continuing legal education classes for the Association of Attorney Mediators (AAM) nationally and locally, Fastcase webinars, the St. Louis, Missouri and Madison County bar associations and USA&M.

Kim is an honors graduate of University of Missouri-Columbia and Notre Dame Law School; she and her husband, David George, have two adult sons and a dog, all of whom are frequent targets of her mediation skills. She served two terms as a publicly elected Glen Carbon Library Trustee.


President, Mediator

U.S. Arbitration & Mediation (USA&M)


Mr. Litz is an experienced civil trial lawyer, arbitrator, mediator, civil service hearing officer and President of USA&M.  He has arbitrated and mediated cases involving employment, including sex, age, sexual orientation and race discrimination, as well as breach of contract, real estate, partnership dissolution, personal injury, loan defaults, general corporate, securities, environmental, products liability and computer contract matters.

Rob has been an adjunct Professor of Law at Washington University since 2005 teaching arbitration and mediation courses and has authored publications in numerous periodicals, including the Missouri Bar Journal, the St. Louis Bar Journal, the Missouri Business Law Quarterly, and the Missouri Bar “Litigation Settlements” deskbook ADR chapter.  He has served as faculty for numerous ADR training programs and seminars, including the Practicing Law Institute (New York, NY), the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Washington University, The Missouri Bar, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and ADR Super Conferences (Washington D.C. and New York, NY).  He is admitted to the Missouri Bar (1981); U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri (1981); 8th Circuit Court of Appeals (1981); and 11th Circuit Court of Appeals (1989).

Education: B.A., Drake University, with honors (1979); J.D., University of Missouri- Kansas City (1981); American College of  E-Neutrals Electronic Discovery E-Neutral Training (2011); Washington University Civil Mediator Training (2005); USA&M Advanced Mediator Training (2005); NASD Arbitrator Training (2005); AAA Annual Arbitrator Updates (2002-2005); AAA Arbitrator II Training (2002); AAA Commercial Arbitrator Training (1999); AAA Arbitrator and Mediator Training (1993).


Co-Founder & Managing Member

Title IX Solutions, LLC

Patrick Mathis founding member of Title IX solutions and Mathis Marifian and Richter

 Patrick B. Mathis is the Co-Founder & Managing Member at Title IX Solutions, LLC as well as a founding shareholder of Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. (MM&R), a law firm based in Southern Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri.

With over 30 years of legal experience, Pat has an extensive background in providing legal counsel related to business mergers, sales and acquisitions, shareholder litigation, trusts and wills, probate, federal and state tax audits and appeals, Tax Court litigation, and criminal tax defense. He has written several definitive articles on various aspects of each area.

As Managing Member of Title IX Solutions, LLC (“TIXS”), Pat brings his extensive legal experience to TIXS clients and investigators. Having advised clients on a wide variety of legal issues, he has a developed awareness of the broad implications of incidents which may affect complainants, respondents, and educational institutions. With that understanding, he is able to work with colleges, Title IX Coordinators, school counsel, and TIXS investigators to develop a comprehensive understanding and approach to addressing the issues which arise in incidents of alleged sexual assaults to ensure prompt and equitable resolutions.

Pat also coordinates the training of our investigators regarding the legal aspects of Title IX, DOE guidelines, state law issues, and related areas.

Pat has conducted numerous seminars and educational programs for IICLE and the American, Illinois State and Metropolitan St. Louis Bar Associations. Pat has been named to Illinois’ Leading Lawyers and Illinois Super Lawyers for several consecutive years, as well as to Who’s Who in American Law. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois.

Education: Washington University in St. Louis – LL.M. in Taxation 1979, J.D. 1978, M.B.A. 1978; Saint Louis University – B.A. in Chemistry 1973


Training Manager, Consulting Services

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)

danielle mixon

As a Training Manager on RAINN’s Consulting Services team, Danielle largely focuses on developing and delivering customized educational opportunities for client organizations. Danielle seeks to address clients’ most urgent and salient sexual misconduct programming needs with a holistic lens in order to create safer communities that are sustainable. She has over 7 years of direct practice and systemic programming experience as a licensed clinical social worker with a specialty in trauma. Danielle’s varied experience prior to joining RAINN includes working as a therapist, spearheading community programs, leading multi-disciplinary teams, and developing and facilitating trauma-informed training sessions for children and adults.

Danielle graduated with her MSW from Columbia University’s School of Social Work and earned her BA from Emory University. She also completed a two-year, post-graduate Integrated Trauma Studies program.

 RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, leading the country in providing services that are victim-centered and trauma-informed. RAINN utilizes best and promising practices in the field of sexual assault prevention and response, as well as lessons learned from the over 3 million users of the National Sexual Assault Hotline and Online hotline.



U.S. Arbitration & Mediation (USA&M)


Jim Reeves has been a mediator for almost 30 years.  He mediates business and legal disputes involving employment and workplace, general tort liability, medical malpractice, products liability , condemnation, family business issues, partnership disputes, and general business and commercial disputes. Jim also has expertise convening multi-party processes to resolve legal, organizational, community, and public policy disputes.  Jim was a litigation attorney for over 20 years and has operated his own firm providing mediation, facilitation, and conflict management services to individuals, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations.  He has also held executive management positions in corporate and small business environments.  He is a Lecturer in Law at Washington University in St. Louis where he teaches several ADR courses, including Mediation Theory & Practice, and Multi-Party and Public Policy Dispute Resolution.  He was also an adjunct professor of law at St. Louis University where he taught Civil Practice and Negotiation. 

Jim has served on the mediation panels of United States Arbitration & Mediation, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the United States Veterans Administration, the National Archives and Records Administration, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts, and various federal and state courts.  He is also a volunteer facilitator in the Victim-Offender Dialogue Program in the St. Louis County (Missouri) Family Court, Juvenile Division.  He is a member of the Missouri Bar ADR Committee former Chair; Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis ADR Committee former Chair; Association of Missouri Mediators former President, Human Resource Management Association, and the St. Louis Organization Development Network. He is licensed to practice law in Missouri, Illinois, and Colorado.

Education: Jim received his LL.M. (Master of Laws) degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2004, where he focused on conflict resolution and organizational leadership and change, his J.D. from St. Louis University in 1984, and his B.S. from the University of Central Missouri in 1980. Jim received training in mediation from CDR Associates in Boulder, CO in 1991 and returned to CDR Associates for training in conflict management systems design in 1995.  He has also received advanced mediation training from United States Arbitration & Mediation in 1996, 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2005.


Missouri Circuit Judge (Ret), Mediator & Arbitrator

U.S. Arbitration & Mediation (USA&M)


Judge Patricia Riehl is a retired Missouri Circuit Judge from the 23rd Judicial Circuit, Hillsboro, Mo.  She has held the positions of municipal judge, commissioner, associate circuit judge and circuit judge during her career.  She is most noted for her work in restorative justice having implemented and managed five different problem solving courts during her tenure on the bench.  She has previously served as a hearing officer for local municipalities regarding personnel disputes and was appointed a disciplinary hearing officer for the Missouri Supreme Court.  She is currently working as a mediator and arbitrator for USA&M.

Education: Southeast Missouri State University, summa cum laude, 1979; University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law, with distinction, 1982; 23rd Judicial Circuit Mediation training 2000; mediation training Robert Benjamin, 2000.

 Affiliations: Missouri Bar, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis – Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Jefferson County Bar Association, Womens’ Bar Association of Jefferson County, National Association of Professional Women.


Burlington, VT Chief of Police (Ret), Consultant

Tom Tremblay Consulting


Throughout his distinguished thirty-year policing career as an officer, detective, supervisor, police chief, and state public safety commissioner, Tom Tremblay has been a passionate leader for the prevention of domestic and sexual violence.  He is a retired Chief of Police from Burlington, VT, and a former Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Safety.  Tom is now a highly regarded national and international advisor and trainer for police, prosecutors, advocates, higher education, the military, and the private sector. 

Tom is a national leader in the development and delivery of Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigations and Interview Training.  He assisted the International Association of Chiefs of Police with the development and delivery of a national curriculum for Trauma-Informed Response to Sexual Assault.  He also assisted the National Center for Campus Public Safety with the White House Task Force recommendation to develop a new curriculum for Trauma-Informed Sexual Misconduct Investigations and Adjudications specific for Colleges and Universities across the country.

Tom holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.  He is a graduate of the 183rd Session of the FBI National Academy, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, the Police Executive Research Forum–Senior Management Institute for Police, and the National Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women.

See also: www.tomtremblayconsulting.com


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