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Felice Marie Duffy

Education Attorney at New Haven, CT

5.0   5 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 21 years
    Connecticut - CT 24 years
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2003
    Status
    Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State CT
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Felice

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    Defending college students accused of serious violations of their school's conduct code including sexual assualt; representing student athletes and school employees in discrimination actions under Title IX; representing college students in claims against their schools for not adequately pursuing claims of sexual harassment under the requirements of Title IX

We represent college students and staff across the country in Title IX Actions and University Discplinary Proceedings.  Whether as complainant or defendant, whether as a student, the parent of a student, or a staff member, we will help you navigate the very complex world of Title IX and the school's conduct codes, policies and procedures.  The sooner you (or your child) gets effective legal advice, the better, so call us at 

And download our Comprehensive Guide for Students and Parents: Title IX, Sexual Assault, Conduct Code Violations, Due Process, and University Discipline Proceedings at   

As an undergraduate, I brought a legal action under the then-new Title IX statute against UCONN to compel the creation of its women’s varsity soccer program. I went on to become a first-team Division I All-American, was selected to be on the first U.S. National Women’s Team, and spent 10 years as Head Coach of the Yale women's soccer team.   I have my Ph.D. in Education/Sports Psychology.

After retiring from my soccer career, I served as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for ten years after beginning my legal career at two prestigious firms (Sullivan and Cromwell in NYC, and Zeldes, Needle and Cooper in Bridgeport, CT) and then clerking for two federal judges. In my capacity as an AUSA, I prosecuted cases in both the National Security and Major Crimes unit and the Violent Crimes and Narcotics unit. 


I handled a wide range of cases including: domestic and international money laundering, bank and social security fraud, bank robberies, environmental and immigration issues, identity theft, government fraud, wire fraud, counterfeiting, drug distribution and gun violations, cyber crime, and child pornography.

My work on these and other cases ran the full spectrum from investigation, to jury trials, to arguing appeals before the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.

I also served as the Outreach Coordinator for Violent Crimes and the Re-Entry Coordinator. In these roles, I worked closely with local and state law enforcement agencies and community leaders as well as federal law enforcement officials on crime prevention and issues surrounding re-entry from incarceration.

 

 

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Location

Duffy Law, LLC
67 Trumbull Street
New Haven, CT, 06510

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Posted by Alexandra | September 5, 2018
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Excellent
Felice and her team at Duffy Law are some of the best lawyers in CT. I had really struggled to find the right attorney to represent me in my battle with a CT university. When I met Felice, I knew I had the right person. Her ability to understand and advocate for her clients is so powerful. I would recommend her to anyone dealing with discrimination in education.
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Posted by anonymous | May 29, 2018
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Professional and Effective
Attorney Duffy and her staff were the lifesavers we needed at a very stressful time in our lives. We turned to Attorney Duffy after being contacted by the U.S. Attorney's Office and within 1 day she expeditiously handled the matter ending any further inquiry. We are so thankful to her for the wonderful positive outcome.
Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
An incredible attorney to fight for you
Having hired Felice late in a Title IX school proceeding that typically leads to expulsion, I was concerned about the impact hiring a new attorney late into a case would have. My concerns were completely unwarranted - mostly due to the amazing job of Felice and her team at Duffy Law. Felice is extremely well-versed in Title IX school proceedings, as she also fought tooth and nail to defend my right to fight back against the false accusations I was facing, where pretty much every due process right I thought I had was stripped from me. On multiple occasions she was able to convince the school investigator to reconsider and reverse their position on biased policies. One of the many examples of blatant bias Felice was able to fight back against was not allowing me to present my own witnesses when witnesses were presented against me. While these may seem like standard protections we are provided through the law - I quickly learned the hard way prior to hiring Felice that this is almost never the case in university hearings and processes. Felice was not only an incredible attorney, but also a genuine and cognizant person as well as a steady hand throughout a emotional roller coster of an eight month process that there seemed to be no coming back from. I was incredibly impressed with Felice's ability to always be there for me not only as my attorney but also as a person, no matter my state of mind or the circumstances surrounding. It was with Felice's assistance that I was able to not only complete the disciplinary process, but continue on with my life afterwards. If you are going through any sort of disciplinary process, please know that you do need an attorney like Felice Duffy who knows the ins and outs of college proceedings to protect not only your education but your future!
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Posted by Marcus L | April 18, 2016
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Attorney Duffy proved that I didn't do what I was accused of by someone at my school
"I am writing to let any college student who gets accused of something serious by their school know that they need a lawyer like Felice Duffy to defend them. I was accused of something terrible by a female student that I would never do and didn’t do. Even though I knew exactly what actually happened, I was very scared that my university’s response to the situation might not find me innocent. It was terrifying to think that I might lose my full basketball scholarship or could have been suspended or expelled and that me and my family’s name could have gotten a horrible reputation. I can’t even put into words how I excited I was when I got the letter from the school that cleared me completely of the charges against me and I have Felice to thank for that 100%. Since I’m not in Connecticut, Felice and her investigator used video conferencing to interview me and my witnesses, talk with my parents, and get me fully prepared for every meeting I had with my school. They got all my texts and email that proved my innocence and organized them perfectly for the Dean and the discipline committee. Felice was always very direct and respectful even though the subject matter was very personal, and she was always ahead of the school in terms of getting me and them important information at every step. It was like having the best scouting report ever. Felice obviously knows the law and how schools work but she also deeply cares. You can tell that she loves the work she’s doing to help college kids like me in really difficult situations.
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Posted by Edward M. | April 6, 2016
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Duffy Law saved our son's college career
I was referred by a friend and very well respected lawyer to Paul Thomas and Felice Duffy based on Attorney Duffy's extensive experience in working with Colleges and Universities. My son ran into several issues at his university including drug charges that jeopardized his ability to stay on campus and could easily have led to his being expelled. The entire team at Duffy Law did a fantastic job in explaining what we needed to do, who we needed to speak with, what information we needed gather, what actions we needed to take and how to go about the entire process. Their strategy was perfect. Their communication with my son and our family (and the school) was always prompt and clear. They were extremely well prepared to deal with the school officials who controlled our son's fate and provided the best defense possible. The end result allowed our son to return to school and live on campus - which thankfully exceeded our highest expectations. On a scale of 1-10- we'd personally give Duffy Law an 11! Thank you Felice and Paul! "
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AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Criminal and college student defense attorney
  • Duffy Law Office
  • 2015 - Present
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • Department Of Justice
  • 2005 - 2015
  • Attorney, Litigation Associate
  • Zeldes, Needle and Cooper LLC
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Attorney, Litigation Associate
  • Sullivan and Cromwell
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • U.S. District Court
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Associate General Counsel
  • Murtha Cullina LLP
  • 1999 - 2000
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Education

  • Quinnipiac University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • University of Connecticut
  • Ph.D. Education
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Defense of College Student Against Charges of Sexual Misconduct
  • No formal charges were brought, no formal hearing was held, and the the school found there was insufficent evidence to proceed with charges.

Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Federal Bar Council
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Greater Bridgeport Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • New Haven County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • CT Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • CT Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Raymond E. Baldwin Inns of Court
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Alice Paul Award for Advocacy for the Advancement of Women
  • National Organization for Women
  • N/A
  • Professional of the Year
  • Bridgeport Reentry Collaborative
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  • Giving Voice Award
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office
  • N/A
  • Leadership Award
  • Stop Handgun Violence
  • N/A
  • Outstanding Professional
  • NEAG School of Education, University of Connecticut
  • N/A
  • Law Enforcement Appreciation Award
  • Peace Island Institute
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Representing Young Adults in Criminal Court
  • Representing Young Adults in Criminal Court
  • 2018
  • Preparing for the Title IX Titlewave
  • Preparing for the Title IX Titlewave
  • 2016
  • Connecticut Bar Annual Meeting
  • Understanding Title IX and Campus Sexual Assault
  • 2016
  • Quinnipiac University Women’s Soccer Program
  • Sports and Character
  • 2015
  • Women’s Soccer Program
  • Sports and Character
  • 2012
  • Women’s and Girls’ Breakfast Fundraiser
  • The Impact Athletics Has on Women
  • N/A
  • UCONN Benton Museum’s “Hoop Dreams”
  • Title IX
  • N/A
  • Manson Youth Institute to inmates with 4 Peace Rap artists and Yale University Music Composer
  • State and federal gun and drug laws and how to stay out of trouble
  • N/A
  • Hartford YMCA
  • State and federal gun and drug laws and how to stay out of trouble
  • N/A
  • College Students and the Law
  • Title IX
  • N/A
  • College and Universities as First Responders
  • Sexual Assault on College Campuses
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
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Criminal defense Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Duffy is an outstanding criminal defense attorney and trial lawyer. We worked together at the U.S. Attorney's office as federal prosecutors where Felice had a reputation as being tenacious yet fair. Always approachable and extremely diligent. Highest recommendation!"
Education Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I take pride in referring clients to the right attorney for matters out of my practice area - after all, my name is on the line. I never hesitate to refer clients, or the parents of clients, to Felice when it comes to Title IX or any higher education disciplinary matters. She is the one to call pretty much anywhere in the country."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I came to know Felice when, over the course of a decade, I defended several cases that Felice was prosecuting. Felice was prosecuting when she was an Assistant U.S. Attorney. She was -- and remains -- a consummate professional. And now she's on the defense side. I am proud to work with her at Duffy Law and find her to be consistently fair, tough-minded, determined, smart as a whip, and 110% dedicated to obtaining justice for our clients."
Education Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Felice Duffy. She is a tremendous attorney who focuses a tremendous amount of effort on not only caring for and servicing her clients to the best of her ability, but also educating people on the finer points of the law and possible outcomes. Felice Duffy service are tremendous, especially when it comes to representing college students in both Title IX and College Disciplinary hearings. I give Mrs. Duffy my highest endorsement."
Education Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Felice Duffy is a wonderful lawyer. Smart, knowledgeable, tough!! Whether in Title IX Student Conduct or Criminal Defense. She is top-notch!"
Education Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Duffy is extremely smart and experienced and dedicated to her clients and her field of law. My firm regularly refers matters to her. I recommend her highly."
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New Haven Education Lawyer Felice Marie Duffy
Felice Marie Duffy
Education Attorney
New Haven, CT
Licensed for 24 years