Elizabeth Kamm Abdnour

Elizabeth Kamm Abdnour

Elizabeth K. Abdnour, Esq., PLLC
  • Education Law, Civil Rights, Domestic Violence...
  • Michigan, Ohio
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Summary

Elizabeth K. Abdnour, Esq., PLLC, is a law firm located in Lansing, Michigan, dedicated to protecting the civil rights of students, staff, and faculty at K-12 and higher education institutions. The firm's principal is Liz Abdnour, an attorney and advocate committed to justice, equity, and fairness for all people. Liz has significant experience both as a lawyer and as a civil rights and Title IX investigator and trainer, and is committed to a creative, empathetic, just, and client-centered approach to her work.

The firm provides legal representation to individual clients, as well as independent investigative services, consultation, and training in K-12, higher education, and workplace discrimination and harassment matters to employers and educational institution clients. The firm's specialty areas include legal and technical assistance in special education, school discipline, Title IX, disability, discrimination, harassment, and other civil rights issues, as well as limited family law, housing, and personal protection order matters. We have specialized knowledge in higher education and can assist clients with many of the issues unique to colleges and universities, such as academic grievance procedures, student conduct matters, research integrity investigations, and FOIA and FERPA complaints.

Education
New York University School of Law
J.D. (2006)
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Michigan State University
B.A. (2001) | Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy; Interdisciplinary Humanities
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Professional Experience
Principal
Elizabeth K. Abdnour, Esq., PLLC
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Provide individual legal representation and advice, independent investigative services, consultation, and training in K-12 and higher education matters, including special education, Title IX and civil rights issues, and compliance, as well as limited family law, housing, and personal protection order matters.
Senior Institutional Equity Investigator
Michigan State University
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Conducted investigations into allegations of discrimination, harassment, and Title IX violations. Shaped policies and procedures related to campus safety, equal opportunity, and non-discrimination issues. Provided training and expertise on university policies as well as laws and regulations governing civil rights, education, privacy, and employment and labor laws.
Institutional Equity Coordinator
Michigan State University
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Conducted investigations into allegations of discrimination, harassment, and Title IX violations. Shaped policies and procedures related to campus safety, equal opportunity, and non-discrimination issues. Provided training and expertise on university policies as well as laws and regulations governing civil rights, education, privacy, and employment and labor laws.
Staff Attorney
Legal Services of South Central Michigan
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Represented and advised clients in the areas of family, domestic violence, foreclosure, and consumer law. Supervised Self Help Clinic for pro se clients in divorce, custody, child support, and paternity cases. Performed community outreach and training.
Supervising Attorney
Legal Aid Society/University of Cincinnati College of Law DVCPO Clinic
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Supervised law students in all aspects of civil protection order, immigration, and divorce cases. Instructed and mentored students in trial advocacy, client interviewing and relationship building, domestic violence dynamics, and law.
Staff Attorney
Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio
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Represented and advised clients in the areas of family, domestic violence, immigration, education, civil rights, employment, disability, and public benefits law. Performed community outreach and training. Led internal strategic planning initiative to improve organizational services to immigrant and limited English proficient clients.
Publications
Articles & Publications
It’s time for MSU to settle Title IX litigation with all survivors
Lansing State Journal
Negotiating the Title IX Process: Practice Tips for Family Law Attorneys Representing Students
Michigan Family Law Journal
Remedies for Victims of School-Related Stalking: Title IX Lessons for Family Law Practitioners
Michigan Family Law Journal
Navigating Ethical Challenges: The Importance of Mentors for New Attorneys
Michigan Bar Journal
ABA YLD Annual Meeting in Chicago Seminar Report
Inter Alia: Among Other Things
Don’t Leave Them Behind: Education for Homeless, Immigrant, and Limited-English-Proficient Children
Clearinghouse Review: Journal of Poverty Law and Policy
Finding a Mentor: An Essential Tool for the New Attorney
Cincinnati Bar Association Report
Immigrant's Story Mirrors Others
Cincinnati Enquirer
Speaking Engagements
Special Education and Title IX: Addressing the Needs of Students With Disabilities Who Have Also Experienced Sex-Based Harassment or Assault, Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
Special Education: Advocacy Strategies and Best Practices, Michigan Poverty Law Program Annual Roadshow Training, Okemos, MI
Michigan Poverty Law Program
Hot Topic: Successfully Navigating #MeToo Under Title IX and ELCRA, State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section Annual Summit, Harbor Springs, MI
State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section
Immigration Remedies Available to Victims of Crime, National Organization of Victim Assistance Annual Conference, Columbus, OH
National Organization of Victim Assistance
Education Disparities: Ensuring a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for Vulnerable Populations, Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
Professional Associations
American Association for Access, Equity, and Diversity
Member
- Current
Association of Workplace Investigators
Member
- Current
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
Member
- Current
Women Lawyers Association of Michigan
Member
- Current
The Firecracker Foundation
Board Member
- Current
State Bar of Michigan
Member
- Current
Ingham County Bar Association
Member
- Current
National Association of College and University Attorneys
Member
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American Inns of Court
Barrister
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National Lawyers Guild
Member
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Cincinnati Bar Association
Member
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Michigan
Ohio
U.S. Supreme Court
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Practice Areas
  • Education Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Domestic Violence
  • Landlord Tenant
  • Employment Law
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Social Media
Websites & Blogs
Website
Elizabeth K. Abdnour, Esq., PLLC
Contact & Map
Physical Address
1146 S. Washington Ave.
Suite 7
Lansing, MI 48910
USA
Telephone: (517) 292-0067
Mailing Address
PO Box 27638
Lansing, MI 48909
USA
Telephone: (517) 292-0067