Yale Law School
University of Michigan
District of Columbia, New York
Students’ Civil Rights Project Fellow
Mollie Berkowitz is a fellow with the Students’ Civil Rights Project. Previously, she was the Peter and Patricia Gruber Fellow in Women’s Rights at Public Justice. Mollie litigates a broad range of cases concerning students’ civil rights across the country. Representative cases include:
- Doe v. North Penn School District, a sex discrimination suit on behalf of a victim of serial sexual assaults by a classmate who was a known serial predator, which settled after surviving summary judgment
- Shelby v. Huntsville Board of Education, a race and sex discrimination suit on behalf of the parents of Nigel Shelby, an openly gay, Black teenager who died by suicide after experiencing unchecked anti-gay harassment and race discrimination at school
- Doe v. Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin, a Seventh Circuit appeal, about what constitutes an educational injury for purposes of Title IX and whether schools can be liable for their inadequate responses to off-campus sexual harassment between students
Before joining Public Justice, Mollie worked with a number of civil rights-focused private law firms and at the New York State Office of the Attorney General in the Civil Rights Bureau. As a law student, Mollie was an active participant in the Veterans’ Legal Services Clinic, where, in addition to representing individual veterans in administrative proceedings, she represented a class of veterans with less than Honorable discharge statuses in landmark litigation against the US Navy. Mollie was also a member of the Reproductive Rights and Justice Project, where she worked on both impact litigation and legislative advocacy to support reproductive choice. In addition, she served as co-chair of the law school’s Title IX Working Group, where she advocated for changes in sexual misconduct policy at the law school, in the judiciary, and in federal Title IX regulations.
Mollie is a graduate of Yale Law School, where she was awarded the Francis Wayland Prize for proficiency in preparing and presenting a case in negotiation and litigation. She holds a B.A. in Women’s Studies and History, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Michigan.
Mollie is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and New York. She is also admitted to the bars of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First, Second, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits. After her Public Justice fellowship concludes, Mollie will clerk for Judge Pamela K. Chen of the Eastern District of New York.