Raising the Bar: Creating a Legal Path

April 19, 2017


Speakers


 

Kimberly Lau, Partner and Chair
Title IX/College Disciplinary Department
Warshaw Burstein LLP

Kimberly C. Lau is Partner and Chair of the Title IX/College Disciplinary Department of the law firm of Warshaw Burstein LLP in New York City. Her experience includes state and federal practice, trials, arbitrations, mediations and appeals in commercial litigation and Title IX/college disciplinary matters. She has represented numerous students both male and female in over 100 proceedings addressing a broad spectrum of disciplinary matters, including, academic dishonesty, theft, harassment, sexual misconduct, and gender discrimination at major college and universities across the country. She regularly serves in a critical advisory role during student disciplinary proceedings.

The primary goal of her college disciplinary practice is to advocate for student rights during the disciplinary process in all types of disciplinary matters, whether the student is a complainant or the accused. Accused students seek Ms. Lau’s assistance to help them develop an appropriate defense, and safeguard their due process rights before a life-altering decision is made. Meanwhile, complainants requiring support in navigating the disciplinary process look to Ms. Lau’s professional advocacy and guidance to ensure that their rights are protected and respected.    

The core beliefs that guide her work are fairness, accountability and due process. Students seeking a resolution for their grievances on campus are entitled to a transparent and thorough process. At the same time, when male or female students go through a process in which they are presumed guilty until innocent, it runs contrary to due process, a stronghold of our American legal system. 

Ms. Lau's affiliations include the New York County Lawyers Association, the New York Women's Bar Association, FACE (Families Advocating for Campus Equality), National Association of Professional Women, and Asian Women in Business.

She was the lead speaker for the continuing education legal program entitled: “Navigating Due Process and Title IX Issues in Campus Sexual Assault Procedures,” sponsored by Lycurgus Group, LLC in 2014.  Ms. Lau has authored numerous articles on issues affecting how colleges and universities handle sexual assault on campus, the federal privacy statutes impacting student education records, and tips for her extensive experience in handling over 100 cases in this area across the nation at both public and private education institutions.

Ms. Lau’s expertise in Title IX and college disciplinary matters has been featured on national news outlets, such as, CNN, ABC's Nightline, and The Wall Street Journal, and she has been quoted in national news media, including Newsweek, Yahoo News, The New York Observer, and The Daily Beast.

Ms. Lau is on the Board of Advisors of FACE (Families Advocating for Campus Equality). FACE advocates for due process in college disciplinary tribunals. She regularly engages in lobbying efforts on the topic of our nation’s campus disciplinary systems in Washington D.C. with the goal of educating legislators on all perspectives, and effecting change.


Lisa Lim
Partner
Akerman LLP

Lisa focuses her practice in real estate finance and development, economic development, and affordable housing. She has extensive transactional experience including the representation of borrowers, lenders, and government agencies in the structuring, negotiation, and closing of complex transactions involving the acquisition and/or disposition, construction, development, and/or preservation of multifamily and mixed-use developments, condominiums, hotels, senior housing, and public and charter schools. Her concentration has been on deals that are public-private collaborations with an emphasis on tax exempt bonds, affordable housing, and regulatory frameworks. Lisa has served as lead counsel on a number of 80/20 projects and other prominent developments that have helped to revitalize and develop various parts of New York City. Lisa's major transactions include Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island, the Harlem Children's Zone Promise Academy I, and the New York Genome/University of Buffalo Genomics Center joint venture.

Lisa has negotiated and closed deals involving the following agencies: Empire State Development (ESD), New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC), Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC), New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), Housing Trust Fund Corporation (HTFC), the Governor's Office of Storm Recovery, New York State Housing Finance Agency (HFA), New York State Affordable Housing Corporation (AHC), New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC), New York City Department of Housing, Preservation and Development (HPD), the School Construction Authority (SCA), the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac. 

Lisa's area of expertise include: Affordable & Workforce Housing; EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program; Public Finance; Public-Private Partnerships; Real Estate Acquisitions & Sales; Real Estate Financing; and Senior Living Facilities.

Lisa’s previous experience has included tenures at Empire State Development where she was Senior Counsel; the New York State Housing Finance Agency where she was Assistant Counsel; the State of New York Office of the Attorney General where she was Assistant Attorney General; and the Law Department of the New York City Housing Authority where she had the titles of Honors Associate, In House Counsel in Real Estate and Economic Development.  

In 2015 and 2016, Lisa was recognized in Super Lawyers magazine as a "Super Lawyer" in Real Estate and as a "New York Metro - Top Woman Attorney in Real Estate." In 2015, Lisa was recognized by Sokol Media and NYCREW as one of the "15 Top Women to Watch in 2015" in real estate.

Lisa received her J.D. form Fordham University School of Law and her B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Wellesley College, cum laude. 

 

 

Manisha Sheth
Executive Deputy Attorney General for Economic Justice
Office of the NYS Attorney General

Manisha serves as the Executive Deputy Attorney General for Economic Justice. She leads five litigation bureaus, including Investor Protection, Antitrust, Internet and Technology, Consumer Frauds, and Real Estate Finance.

Prior to joining the Attorney General's office, Ms. Sheth was a partner at the law firm of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP where she focused on a wide range of complex commercial litigation, including securities litigation, structured finance and derivatives litigation, healthcare litigation, and government investigations and white collar. Previously, she served for five years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and was based in the Philadelphia office. In that position, she secured indictments in more than 35 cases and brought eleven cases to trial. She prosecuted a wide range of misconduct, including health care fraud, financial institution fraud, money laundering, tax fraud, and regulatory crimes.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Georgetown University Law Center, Ms. Sheth was a law clerk for the Hon. William H. Pauley III in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Ms. Sheth was named to Crain’s New York Business “40 Under 40” list in 2013, and to The National Law Journal’s “Minority 40 Under 40” list in 2011.






 



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