Student & Athlete Defense

Allegations of campus sexual misconduct can have lasting and devastating consequences for a student’s or professor’s academic and professional future.

KJK’s Student & Athlete Defense Practice Group defends and advises students and professors facing Title IX and other campus misconduct allegations, in addition to criminal prosecution. Led by Partners Susan Stone and Kristina Supler, our team serves clients across the country involved in campus misconduct matters to ensure that they receive due process. Our team also advocates for students with learning disabilities to ensure they receive equal access to education.

KJK Student & Athlete Defense Partners Susan Stone and Kristina Supler were interviewed by CNN as part of a nationwide discussion sparked by a controversial case: A former Baylor University student charged with sexually assaulting a woman at a frat party won’t spend a day in jail after taking a plea deal. Read what they have to say about why this case is far from atypical.

“When there is a plea, it’s because there are problems with the evidence and the prosecutors can’t prosecute their case beyond a reasonable doubt.” – Kristina Supler

Title IX and Campus Misconduct

We work closely with students and professors facing Title IX allegations involving sexual assault, sexual harassment and intimate partner violence, including cases where a coordinated criminal defense is also needed. Our goal is to protect the academic transcript, career and reputation of our clients. Our team also represents students who have already been found responsible and who are pursuing Title IX appeals, fighting for their due process rights. We work closely with other KJK attorneys in cases that intersect with criminal matters, litigation and employment law.

Criminal Defense

Our attorneys defend students and professionals charged with a variety of criminal offenses including sexual assault, domestic violence, drug offenses and other type of crimes that occur on college campuses. We understand the skill and strategy required to navigate campus misconduct proceedings that may trigger criminal prosecution. We have years of experience defending individuals in state and federal courts around the country and know how to uncover meaningful evidence required to build an effective defense in a court of law. When criminal charges cannot be resolved, we are experienced trial attorneys. LEARN MORE

Research & Scientific Misconduct

Allegations of research misconduct and scientific fraud can mean serious, potentially disastrous consequences for the accused, including damage to one’s reputation, destruction of one’s career and loss of federal research grants. KJK’s Research & Scientific Misconduct Practice Group protects graduate students, professors and scientists facing allegations of research misconduct and scientific fraud. Led by Partners Susan Stone and Kristina Supler, our practice understands the seriousness of being accused of fabrication, falsification or plagiarism related to research funded by the Department of Health and Human Services. When individuals are accused of research misconduct in the academic setting, we navigate both the academic proceeding and the investigation conducted by the Office of Research Integrity. ORI is tasked with investigating and adjudicating research fraud involving government funds. Thus, we defend our clients in two separate processes. Our experience with academic and administrative proceedings, the criminal justice system and employment issues enables us to provide a comprehensive defense for those accused of research misconduct. Our team represents scientists through a multi-step process. Once a report of misconduct is made to an academic institution, we work to ensure that the process is handled impartially through the inquiry and investigative phases. Institutional compliance with policies is essential for fairness in the process. Collaborating with leading subject-matter experts to help unravel the substantive allegations, we are armed and ready to build a defense.

Reputation Management

Our firm has defended students and professionals accused of sexual harassment, various forms of sexual misconduct, rape and scientific and/or research misconduct. We have also represented executives and other employees who have been accused of workplace wrongdoing and misconduct, including sexual harassment, employment discrimination, workplace violence and financial improprieties. In the past, we have served as student advisors in Title IX hearings, defense attorneys for criminal prosecutions and employment lawyers handling severance negotiations when careers are threatened. All of these proceedings that threaten the careers and liberty of our accused clients require diplomacy and precision. Sadly, more and more of our clients have been tried in the court of public opinion through social media. We have watched careers ruined and reputations destroyed by a simple tweet or post. Many times, accusers have even used posts that threaten to file a charge in the criminal justice system as a scare tactic to prevent our clients from pursuing their careers. In these cases, we collaborate with a team of criminal, education and employment lawyers to mount an offensive to preserve the reputation of our clients. We first try to cooperate with the employer to resolve the issues. If that can’t be done, we often send a strongly worded cease and desist letter. Other times, we file defamation actions in state and federal courts. When we file suit, we ask that the court provide both injunctive and monetary relief. In one situation, we even asked that the perpetrator of the defamatory remarks post an apology on the very sites where our client was defamed. Each matter requires the right team of professionals to craft a highly individualized strategy to rebuild and repair the damaged reputation of our clients. LEARN MORE

Special Education Law

Our team advocates for students with learning disabilities and differences from the beginning of their education in preschool through the end of their academic career in college or postgraduate studies. We work with students and parents to fight for a child’s right to equal access to education as guaranteed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This includes assistance in navigating 504 Plans and Individual Education Programs (IEPs), and defending students with special needs facing disciplinary issues like bullying. When needed, we work closely with other professionals such as therapists, college consultants and private specialists. LEARN MORE

Submit a Special Education Services request to be contacted about assistance.

Autism Defense

We have unique experience representing individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who come into contact with the criminal justice system, ranging from drug offenses, federal prosecutions for internet crimes and sexual offenses. We understand the social communication deficits of this growing population, and how vulnerable they can be to making mistakes on the internet or in navigating sexual interactions. Our practice collaborates with outside medical experts to create a defense specialized for those with autism. LEARN MORE

Client Testimonials

Allow me to take this time to thank you for all of your hard work, expertise and understanding toward clearing our son’s record and allowing him to resume his life without this undeserved burden. I could sense from our first meeting, your work in this area is not just an avocation, but a passion to affect change in the way these cases are decided. Your professionalism throughout the process was exceptional, especially with regard to your communications with me. I have never worked with an attorney group which made unprovoked calls to update us on the progress of our efforts!” 

“Susan and Kristina are great lawyers. They helped me resolve an extremely difficult academic dishonesty accusation case against me at the university level. They had helpful ideas and were persistent in making sure my defense was the best it could be. They were creative in their way of utilizing outside resources that helped achieve a positive outcome. Good, prompt responses to my questions. I highly recommend them!”

“The team that Susan Stone put together for me and my son was strong, passionate, knowledgeable and determined. Together, they helped us build a strong IEP and gain one-on-one tutoring during school, all of which I am confident will help my son reach his full potential and then some! I could not be more thankful for my time with Susan, Kirsten and Vivian.” 

“KJK guided us through a very difficult time in our lives and provided support that helped beyond the original request. The firm and advocate worked as a team to ensure a proper diagnosis, ETR and IEP. They were coordinated, communicative and confident. Their commitment to results and concern for our son was evident throughout the process.”

“Kristina and Susan are very competent and experienced attorneys in Title IX and higher education law who treat their clients with integrity and compassion. Highly recommend this team!”

“We are very grateful for all the hard work that Susan, Kristina and her team put into a rather difficult case. Our son was put in a very difficult situation while playing sports at the College level. His strength and conditioning coach recommended a pre-workout substance that he said was NCAA approved to use before working out. After submitting to a random drug test, he tested positive for that exact substance and was then suspended. Susan and Kristina represented our son during the NCAA appeal process. Ultimately, his suspension was overturned and he returned to the sport he loves. Thank you again.”

“Enough cannot be said for how helpful KJK was for me during my allegation process. Susan, Kristina and Melissa were extremely knowledgeable and passionate toward my specific case. They consistently had steps of action to take in my defense and were extremely flexible when working with me. They helped prepare me, both mentally and emotionally, prior to my hearing. Thanks to their hard work, I now have my future back.”
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Successfully defended a pre-med undergraduate student for alleged cheating on a physics lab report and showed that the professor had made a critical error in basic mathematics.

“I am very grateful for all of the hard work Susan and her team put into defending me against a difficult situation with the school. They had very helpful opinions and were very tenacious in making sure my defense was the absolute best it could be. Susan and her team are very satisfactory and experienced, and they treated us with such compassion and integrity. They were very creative in helping find resources to help achieve a favorable outcome. They are very professional and always have informative responses to my questions. I highly recommend this team!!”
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Successfully prevailed in an expulsion hearing and kept student in school after serious allegations of misconduct.

“Thank you for always working to understand the full situation and for exploring the entirety of issues at hand. Thank you for always being supportive and for providing a productive, positive environment for working with us and most importantly, my son. I’m sure that he learned a lot from this situation, and we would not have been able to navigate without the help of both of you. Thank you for being tirelessly committed and for pursuing the best possible outcome.”
     – Obtained reversal of discipline sanction in housing misconduct matter.

Students & Faculty Represented

States where we represented students

We routinely travel to colleges and universities nationwide, representing students, athletes and faculty facing Title IX investigations or allegations of campus misconduct.

  • American University
  • Antioch College
  • Ashland University
  • Baldwin Wallace University
  • Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY)
  • Bowling Green State University
  • California State University – Channel Islands
  • California State University – Fresno
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Champlain College
  • The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina
  • Clarkson University
  • Cleveland State University
  • College of Charleston
  • College of Wooster
  • Colorado College
  • Cornell University
  • Denison University
  • DePauw University
  • Dominican University
  • Drake University
  • Duke University
  • Elmira College
  • Emory University
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Georgetown University
  • Hampton University
  • Harvard University 
  • Hiram College
  • Indiana Wesleyan University
  • John Carroll University
  • Kansas State University
  • Kent State University
  • Kenyon College
  • Lafayette College
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • LeTourneau University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Marquette University
  • McDaniel College
  • Miami University
  • Montana State University
  • Mount St. Mary’s University
  • Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Oakland University
  • Oberlin College Ohio
  • Ohio Northern University
  • The Ohio State University
  • Ohio University
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Penn State College of Medicine
  • Penn State Harrisburg
  • Point Park University
  • Purdue University Fort Wayne
  • Reed College
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • State University of New York at Albany (SUNY Albany) 
  • State University of New York at Purchase (Purchase College)
  • Stockton University
  • Syracuse University
  • Texas State University
  • Tiffin University
  • Tulane University
  • University of Akron
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Mount Union
  • University of Miami
  • University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Portland
  • University of Texas Health Science Center
  • University of Toledo
  • University of Virginia
  • Ursuline College
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Walsh University
  • Westminster College
  • Wittenberg University
  • Wright State University
  • Youngstown State University