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January 13, 2022

PCADV signed on as an Amicus on a brief authored by the Women’s Law Project in a federal case before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals named Hall v. Millersville. The suit filed by the parents of Karlie Hall, a victim of dating violence against Millersville University, alleged that the University failed to meet its obligations under Title IX in failing to respond to Ms. Hall’s reported dating violence.  

The federal district court ruled in favor of Millersville on a motion for summary judgment and the Hall’s appealed.  

The main issue for the court to decide was whether Millersville had actual knowledge that Ms. Hall was a victim of dating violence and, therefore, if they were liable under Title IX.  

In a unanimous opinion by a three-judge panel, the Third Circuit ruled in favor of Ms. Hall’s parents and estate and found that Millersville had actual notice of the dating violence at issue, and that the Hall’s suit, as to whether Millersville reacted with “deliberate indifference” in failing to respond to said dating violence, could move forward. 

Other Amici who joined PCADV in signing this brief are:

American Association of University Women
Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition
California Women’s Law Center
Champion Women
Education Law Center—Pennsylvania
Equal Rights Advocates
Feminist Majority Foundation
Gender Equality Law Center, Inc. Gender Justice
Girls for Gender Equity
Girls Inc.
Legal Voice
National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Section
National Crime Victim Law Institute
National Crittenton
National Network to End Domestic Violence
National Organization for Women Foundation
National Women’s Law Center
Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Organization for Women
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
Public Justice
Sexual Violence Law Center
Southwest Women’s Law Center
Stop Sexual Assault in Schools
Center Against Sexual Violence
Women Against Abuse
The Women and Girls Foundation of Southwest Pennsylvania
Women Lawyers On Guard Inc.
The Women’s Law Center of Maryland, Inc.
Women’s Law Project