Attorney Kate Upatham
Prior to joining Sanghavi Law Office, Kate Upatham worked for eight years as a Civil Rights Attorney with the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR). She has conducted numerous investigations including with OCR’s compliance team that proactively ensures that schools receiving Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education, and public entities, are in compliance with the laws enforced by OCR. She additionally has extensive experience training school staff, and helping schools to update policies and procedures, to comply with Title IX, Section 504, Title II of the ADA and Title VI (these laws prohibit discrimination based on sex, disability, race, color and national origin). Her expertise includes conducting investigations and providing proactive solutions to prevent or address concerns of:
- Title IX sexual harassment including sexual assault
- FAPE, equal access and accommodations for persons with disabilities
- Harassment claims based on race, color and national origin
- How to meet legal obligations when communicating with persons with limited English proficiency
- Physical accessibility for persons with disabilities, including web page and other technological accessibility
Attorney Upatham is also a member of the Boston Bar Association Civil Rights Steering Committee, and is active in the Women’s Bar Association.
Prior to joining OCR, Attorney Upatham practiced employment law, with a special focus on helping employers prevent or remedy discrimination, with the law firm Murphy, Hesse, Toomey and Lehane. Her practice there included defending employers against discrimination complaints filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Kate is the daughter of two public school teachers, and was raised in a household that believed strongly in the value of education. She followed in her parent’s footsteps after college, teaching high school students in a rural Zimbabwean school with the U.S. Peace Corps. Kate taught English Literature and composition skills, and worked to develop a rural community library.
Kate graduated cum laude from Notre Dame Law School in 2004. While at Notre Dame Law School, Kate served as an editor on the Journal of Legislation. She also spent a year studying abroad at the University of Notre Dame, London Campus where she enjoyed a daily commute through Charing Cross Station and Trafalgar Square.
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