Associate Professor of Law Nancy Chi Cantalupo is a nationally-recognized expert on sexual harassment and abuse in education.
She is also a prolific writer on the subject, and her latest op-ed recently published on Bridge discusses two cases in which victims of doctors who sexually abused their student patients for decades have sued the universities that employed the doctors for ignoring the abuse.
Cantalupo joins the California Western faculty this fall after teaching as full-time faculty at Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law in Orlando, Fla. She is looking forward to teaching criminal law, criminal procedure, and sexual violence and the law to Cal Western students beginning this August.
She comes to California Western with a wealth of additional teaching experience, including at Georgetown University Law Center, George Washington University Law School, Seattle University School of Law, and Temple University Beasley School of Law. She has also practiced with the firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP in Washington, D.C.
“I have been interested in joining the Cal Western faculty for years,” says Cantalupo, “The school has an esteemed history and an even brighter future.”
Cantalupo’s articles have appeared in the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender, Wake Forest Law Review, UC Davis Law Review, California Law Review Online, Yale Law Journal Forum, Utah Law Review, Maryland Law Review, the peer-reviewed social science journal Trauma, Violence & Abuse, Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, and several issues of the Journal of College & University Law.
In the Bridge op-ed, Cantalupo discusses the latest cases where institutions of higher education are facing allegations of sexual misconduct by their medical personnel.
One is a case against the University of Michigan (UM), which is being litigated right now, where the institution is facing allegations of sexual abuse by its personnel. UM has promised an extensive internal investigation and has announced it is establishing a program that would settle victims claims against UM without external oversight by a court.
Cantalupo compares UM’s “secret claims program” with the settlement reached in a similar case with the University of Southern California (USC), which faced similar allegations in 2018. “In contrast to UM, USC entered into a class action settlement that a federal judge reviewed and approved as providing as fair an outcome to all survivors as possible,” writes Cantalupo.
“The cases against abusive medical doctors just show—yet again—how widespread and serious a problem sexual harassment and abuse is and how much work schools need to do to meaningfully prevent it among their students, staff and employees. That is why I have written a book chapter on Civil Rights Investigations & Comprehensive Prevention of Campus Gender-Based Violence, which gives background information on the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence’s recently-published Recommendations for Improving Campus Student Conduct Processes for Gender-Based Violence, for which I was the primary drafter. Both pieces aim to give schools concrete advice on how to confront this abuse,” says Cantalupo.
Cantalupo is also involved in extensive pro bono work, including service as a Negotiator in a U.S. Department of Education Negotiated Rulemaking in 2014 and as a Board Member of the Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty since 2017.
The California Western community welcomes Professor Cantalupo to the law school.
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To read Professor Cantalupo’s complete Bridge op-ed, click here.