Conviser V. DePaul University

Conviser V. DePaul University

This is a federal civil rights lawsuit brought by Dr. Jenny Conviser, an accomplished psychotherapist, and her company, Ascend. For over a decade, Dr. Conviser and her companies were DePaul University’s mental health resource for student-athletes and athletics staff. But when Dr. Conviser spoke up about Title IX abuses and encouraged others to do the same, DePaul retaliated against her, reducing patient referrals and then terminating her contract.

Dr. Conviser and Ascend filed their second amended complaint on May 24, 2021 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. They allege violations of Title IX, the federal sex discrimination law that prohibits retaliation, and state contract law. DePaul has moved to dismiss the complaint, arguing that Title IX does not protect independent contractors like Dr. Conviser and her company.

  • Adele Kimmel, Alexandra Brodsky
  • Michael Popok, Nicholas Rostow, and Sophie Chau of Zumpano Patricios & Popok, PLLC

    Art Bresnahan of Zumpano Patricios & Bresnahan, LLC

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