Ohio Court Weighs in on Transgender Student Access to Restrooms and Name Issues

As the national debate regarding transgender students' rights and school districts' obligations rapidly evolves, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio adds to the conflicting precedent. On September 26, 2016, Judge Marbley ordered the Highland Local School District ("District") to treat 11 year-old "Jane Doe," a biological male, "as the girl she is." The Judge's order requires the District to allow the student to use the girls' restroom in the elementary school and refer to her by female pronouns and her female name. The crux of the issues involves transgender identity protections under the Equal Protection Clause and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. In making his ruling, Judge Marbley rejected the privacy argument made by the District that the privacy rights of other students weighed against allowing Jane Doe to use the girls' restroom. [More]

Three simple steps to minimize liability, legal delays and expenses during a residential construction project

In a Crain's "Real Estate Guest Blog," titled, "Three simple steps to minimize liability, legal delays and expenses during a residential construction project," Rick L. Amburgey asserted that the parties involved in a residential construction project should prepare and adhere to a written contract in order to minimize the impact of changes or disagreements which could arise during the course of the project. [More]