March 31, 2019

What Is Title IX?

Title IX is a federal civil rights law passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972 (these amended the Higher Education Act of 1965). It was signed into law by President Nixon in June of 1972. The main purpose of Title IX is to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program or activity that is federally funded.

Title IX became known for its positive impact on opportunities for female high school and college athletes, however the law makes no specific mention of sports. The US Supreme Court issued decisions through the ensuing decades making clear that sexual harassment and sexual assault are forms of sex discrimination that fall under Title IX. President Obama also clarified Title IX protections for LGBT students during his presidency.

While the law offers needed protections and opportunities for both sexes, much of the interpretation of this federal law is left to the individual institutions. Schools are given guidelines for how to investigate and adjudicate accusations of sexual discrimination, harassment and assault. But these are not criminal investigations and every school has leeway to conduct investigations and determine punishment. Read more about Title IX here.

If you find yourself facing accusations under Title IX, you need an expert on the subject to guide you through the process and help you understand your rights. Conant Law is here to help you navigate these difficult waters. If you need legal help, call or text us. Contant Law 617-227-8383.

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March 6, 2019

St. Patrick’s Day Revelry

Over 40 million Americans claim Irish ancestry and the other 300 million claim it on St. Patrick’s Day. The day is beloved for its merry celebration of all things Irish. In Boston – by coincidence – March 17th is a city holiday. Schools and municipal offices are closed. The city overflows with revelers. The day starts with green bagels, and usually winds up with corned beef and cabbage and Irish soda bread. Local pubs are competing with festive menus and Irish music and dance. Many are celebrating with green beer or other libations. Responsible drinkers know that the rest of us would prefer to see them on the T than have them get behind the wheel of the car. On a day like St. Patrick’s Day, the police are out in force watching for impaired drivers. Irish or not, if you are drinking and driving they will stop you.

We encourage you to consider preparing your transportation in advance so that your St. Patrick’s Day celebration is a good one from start to finish. However, if you or a friend make the poor choice to get behind the wheel after you’ve been drinking, here is what you need to know. If you need legal help, call or text us. Contant Law 617 227 8383.

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March 1, 2019

Testimonial – General – LW

HIGHLY recommended. Mike Contant and his entire office are professional, responsive, informative and caring. Mike not only took my complicated case and made the complete process stress free for me, he did it with complete efficiency. Always taking the time to explain options and the why’s and how’s of every step. I honestly couldn’t be more thankful for their service.

LW
March 1, 2019

Testimonial – General – CS

Michael Contant was a huge support to me throughout recent months. He was consistently responsive, thorough, efficient, and informative. He answered every question of mine in a timely manner, was willing to discuss as often as I needed, and helped me understand aspects I needed help with. Michael was patient and realistic, and was easily approachable. I am fortunate to have had his useful and trustworthy service, and am grateful for his expertise and his willingness to deliver information and support in the ways I needed.

CS
March 1, 2019

Testimonial – Criminal Defense – Artika Wadhwa

I am a practicing attorney in the area and send all of my criminal defense referrals to Attorney Contant. Everyone I’ve referred have always been extremely pleased with expertise, follow up, approach and results, not to mention he is an all around great person. Attorney Contant has concentrated his practice on defense of adults and juveniles who are facing criminal charges, both at the trial and the appellate levels. He stays in constant communication with his clients as well as the lawyers that refer them. I would highly recommend Attorney Contant to anyone in need of a criminal defense attorney.

Artika Wadhwa
Peer Attorney
March 1, 2019

Testimonial – Timothy R.

Michael Contant is a trustworthy, experienced attorney. I’ve recommended Attorney Contant to people for assistance in his areas of practice. I know him to be highly professional and communicative. I’d recommend Attorney Contant to anyone in need of criminal defense counsel.

Timothy R.
Peer Attorney (Estate Planning)
March 1, 2019

Testimonial – Criminal Defense – Farrah

I am on a non-immigrant VISA and was in an unfortunate situation due to some misunderstanding. I never had a criminal case in my life (not even in my country), and without family and friends (in a new state), it was pretty hard for me to go through this. Mike was friendly, communicative and presented my case in a very professional way. Case got dismissed without any fine. I highly recommend Mike.

Farrah