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By stephen of Kristensen, LLP posted in Other on Friday, March 12, 2021.
International Women’s Day and a Title IX Victory

On International Women’s Day – Monday, March 8, 2021 – President Biden signed into law Executive Order 13988. Titled, “Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation,” the Executive Order is the first step in an effort promised by President Biden to reverse the Title IX regulations placed in effect by former Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos, who had been appointed by former President Trump.


The Title IX regulations implemented by former Secretary of Education Betsy Devos had reversed Obama-era Title IX rules on sexual discrimination and harassment. Under former Secretary Devos, federally funded schools had more freedom and flexibility in deciding whether or not to report sexual discrimination and harassment allegations to the Title IX office. 


For victims such as Kristensen LLP’s very own Luz Arely Portillo, a promising future attorney and former student of the University of California-Santa Cruz, the Executive Order is a restorative sign. 


In her Tweet on Monday, March 8, 2021, Portillo vents her frustrations with the system and Title IX policies of the past. In the thread of posts on Twitter, Portillo cites to a Tweet posted by Tyler Kingkade, an investigative journalist for NBC News, which displays Executive Order 13988’s language, to which she says:


“When [Trump] was elected, I was months away removed from signing a settlement with the Regents of the University of California….I buried myself in work to a fault. But I think back now and had it not been for @LALitigators believing in me and their staff I wouldn’t be so far into my recovery. I think about the #TitleIX cases we took and worked on and…about the women I spoke with that were affected and had to live through this process.”


Kristensen LLP is proud to have represented Luz Arely Portillo in her Title IX claim and won a settlement of $1.15 million for Portillo, and even more proud to include her as a staff member and leader in Title IX cases past, present, and future.


Portillo says of Executive Order 13988, “though it will take some time and we don’t yet know exactly how President Biden’s Executive Order will affect Title IX cases, it’s definitely a step forward in holding universities accountable for sexual assaults and the victimization of women on campuses.”


Kristensen LLP stands by Luz Arely Portillo and advocates Title IX reform.