2018 Spring Training

March 19 - 22, 2018

As an independent, non-profit association, NWATIXA is committed to providing high quality, affordable education and training for both K-12 and higher education professionals who are tasked with Title IX responsibilities and who work in the northwest region (Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, & Washington).  

Join us for our Spring 2018 Training Event held at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. 

Four and two-day options are available. Register by March 1st and receive an early-bird discount. 


Hotel and Travel Information

Registration and Payment

Description of Training

There will be both coordinator and investigator tracks available for K-12 and Higher Education personnel. Training will provide participants with practical skills for addressing issues that fall under the purview of Title IX on their home campus or within their home districts.

NOTE: Clock hours will be available to K-12 educators in the state of Washington.

Training Tracks

Higher Education Track 

K12 Track

  • Policy/Procedures
  • Legal Requirements & Applying the Requirements
  • Investigatory Frameworks
  • Working with a Claimant
  • Working with a Responding Party
  • Working with Witnesses  
  • Gather and Evaluating Evidence
  • Assessing Credibility
  • Working with Athletics
  • Program Equity
  • Case Study Work
  • Preparing and Writing a Report
  • Findings and Sanctions
  • Adjudication Processes
  • Policy/Procedures
  • Legal Requirements & Applying the Requirements
  • Athletic Facilities
  • Booster Clubs
  • Fund Raising/Concessions
  • Participation - Female/Male/Transgender
  • Student Interest - Adding Sports
  • Best Practice for Conducting Title IX Site Visits
  • Case Study Work
  • Title IX Complaint: How to Address/Avoid
  • Preparing and Writing a Report
  • Findings and Sanctions
  • Sexual Harrassment
  • Pregnant and Parenting Students
  • Adjudication Processes

Training Faculty



Julia Dunn

Juli Dunn is the Associate Dean of Students and Title IX Administrator at Whitman College, one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country. Juli has worked at the Walla Walla, Washington-based Whitman College since 1993, first as the College's first certified athletic trainer providing preventative and rehabilitative care to Whitman's student-athletes, and later as Director of Academic Resources overseeing academic advising, tutoring, study skills series, mid-semester deficiency and academic probation advising, disability support services and more. Today, her role as Associate Dean of Students includes the oversight and implementation of retention, leadership and mentoring programs, oversight of pre-major advising and supervision of the Academic Resource Center Director. She is also the primary Student Conduct Administrator at the college. As Whitman's Title IX Administrator, Juli proactively educates the campus community on Title IX laws and matters and is the College’s point person for all cases of sex or gender-based harassment, discrimination, or assault. Juli previously served as the College’s lead Title IX investigator. Juli received her B. A. from Whitworth College and her M. A. from The Ohio State University.
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Tamara GREENFIELD King, J.d.

Tamara L. King joined Washington University in St. Louis in 1999 as the University’s Judicial Administrator and Director of Judicial Programs.  In her role as Judicial Administrator, Ms. King worked with students, faculty, and staff to establish and uphold the University’s campus wide community expectations.  In April 2014, she became an Associate Dean of Students and Deputy Title IX Coordinator working to help students learn while engaged in the student conduct process. On August 1, 2017 Ms. King was promoted to a new role at Washington University in St. Louis. She became the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Support and Wellness. She has direct responsibilities for the Habif Health and Wellness Center, the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Center and the WashU Cares Program. In February 2009 Ms. King became the first African-American to serve as President of the Association for Student Judicial Affairs (ASJA/ASCA).  The Association is the premier international organization serving student conduct professionals on college campuses. She has been on faculty for the ASCA Gehring Academy since 2003.  She has served as the Chair of the 2013 and 2014 Donald Gehring Academies for ASCA.  This leadership role allowed her to develop the national curriculum and training for student conduct and Title IX professionals throughout the country and Canada.She has dedicated her higher education career to educating and training higher education professionals.  She presents information to professional staff at colleges and universities around the country on a variety of topics, including: the student conduct process, diversity issues, academic integrity, ethics, proactively promoting student conduct resources on campus, formal case adjudication, file maintenance, sexual harassment and misconduct, and the role of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, and race related to sexual harassment and sexual misconduct.  She enjoys consulting and helping college administrators comply with the myriad of legislative mandates.Prior to her work at Washington University, Tamara practiced law for ten years (1988 to 1998) and served as a criminal prosecutor, on a part-time basis, for six years (1992-1998) in Northampton County, Pennsylvania.  In 1992, she was appointed the first African American ever to serve as an Assistant District Attorney in Northampton County, Pennsylvania.  Simultaneously, she started her own law practice in Easton, Pennsylvania with a concentration in the areas of small business practice, real estate, domestic relations, and personal injury law.She serves as a Deputy Title IX coordinator for students.  In addition, she designs and presents, along with other colleagues, on sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual assault, and Title IX for faculty, staff, and students.

Elizabeth Kristen, J.D.

Elizabeth Kristen is the Director of the Gender Equity program and a Senior Staff Attorney at Legal Aid at Work. Ms. Kristen also serves as the Director of LAAW's Fair Play for Girls in Sports Project (https://legalaidatwork/our-programs/fair-play-for-girls-in-sports/) and engages in community education, negotiations, litigation, and policy work on behalf of female students who have not been afforded equal athletic opportunities under Title IX. She won a ground breaking Ninth Circuit ruling, with her co-counsel, that enforces Title IX of the Education Amendments in a Southern California high school (Ollier v. Sweetwater).  Elizabeth graduated from Berkeley Law in 2001. She was selected for the Order of the Coif and served as an editor for the California Law Review. Prior to joining LAAW in 2002 as a Skadden Fellow, she clerked for the Honorable James R. Browning on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. 
In 2015, California Lawyer selected Elizabeth as one of its California Lawyers of the Year in the field of Civil Rights. Elizabeth is a Northern California Super Lawyer. She was recipient of Protect our Defenders' Justice Award. In 2012-2013, Elizabeth serviced as a Harvard Law School Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow. She was a lecturer at Berkeley Law School from 2008-2013.


Leah Merrifield is Washington University’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement and St. Louis College Readiness Initiatives, and is the founding director of the Washington University College Prep Program.  Launched in 2014, the College Prep Program is a multi-year initiative designed to help talented but underserved St. Louis area high school students prepare for and complete a college education at a selective four-year college or university. Previous Washington University positions held by Merrifield include serving as Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Diversity Initiatives, Director of Community Relations, and Director of MBA Student Services at the John M. Olin School of Business. Leah Merrifield is a long-serving member of the Washington University Judicial Board and the University Sexual Assault Investigative Board.  In addition, she is a member of Barnes Jewish Hospital’s Nominations, Diversity and Governance Board committee, has served on the board of the St. Louis Minority Supplier Development Council, and is a founding board member and past president of the board of College Bound Saint Louis. Merrifield received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and her Master of Education degree from The University of Texas at Austin.
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Cacilia Kim

Cacilia Kim is currently at Legal Aid at Work (LAAW) and holds the title of Special Counsel. She works mainly in LAAW’s Gender Equity & LGBT Rights Program and handles a variety of cases, including Title IX federal class action lawsuits seeking equal access to education, and state, federal and administrative actions on behalf of military service members who were sexually assaulted during their service. LAAW is a non-profit, legal services organization that assists low-wage workers. For over 100 years, LAAW has worked to ensure that low-wage workers can enforce legal rights guaranteed by federal and state employment and civil rights laws.  
Before her transition to LAAW, Ms. Kim worked at the California Women’s Law Center (CWLC).  CWLC is a statewide civil rights organization solely dedicated to addressing the comprehensive and unique legal needs of low-income women and girls. Since its founding in 1989, CWLC has worked to protect, secure and advance the rights of women and girls, with an emphasis on issues pertaining to women’s health, gender discrimination and violence against women. As an attorney at CWLC, Ms. Kim litigated Title IX federal class action lawsuits, numerous military and veteran-related matters, and state and administrative actions on behalf of pregnant and parenting students.  
Prior to joining CWLC, Ms. Kim was an attorney at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, specializing in securities class action litigation. She also worked as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman, advising the Senator on legislation affecting low-income children and families.
Ms. Kim received her law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, graduating with honors in 2001.    
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Kristen Galles

Kristen Galles is a civil rights attorney in Alexandria, Virginia, where she focuses her practice on discrimination in education and employment. She began her Title IX work as a pro bono project with a large DC law firm when she helped female athletes sue several Nebraska schools to add girls’ softball and to improve the treatment of girls’ teams. The Nebraska cases were the first to address Title IX athletics violations at the high school level. She has now been advocating for Title IX plaintiffs for more than 20 years, litigating such precedent setting cases as Communities for Equity v. Michigan High School Athletic Association and Biediger v. Quinnipiac University. After winning a Fourth Circuit appeal holding that Title VI covers retaliation in Peters v. Jenney,
Kristen spearheaded the efforts to get Jackson vs. Birmingham, Alabama Board of Education to the Supreme Court, where the Court held that a private right of action exists to enforce Title IX’s anti-retaliation mandate. In addition to teaching the next generation of Title IX litigators, Kristen works on Title IX legal theory, policy, and administrative advocacy.
Kristen is a member of the governing council of the Section of Civil Rights & Social Justice of the American Bar Association. As the longtime co-chair of the Section’s committee on the rights of women, she co-wrote the ABA’s Supreme Court amicus briefs in Jackson and Fitzgerald v. Barnstable Schools Comm. and wrote the ABA’s legal commentary on the final report issued by the U.S. Department of Education’s 2002-2003 Title IX Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. The commentary explained how several of the Commission’s recommendations violated Title IX and/or its legislative history. Kristen has conducted numerous Title IX training and continuing legal education programs, including a six-part series on Title IX Campus Sexual Assault: A Civil Rights Perspective. Program info and materials are available at: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/crsj/events_cle/campus-sexual-assault-teleconference-series --a-civil-rights-pers.html
Kristen is a founding member of the Title IX roundtable of Title IX litigators and serves on the advisory boards of several women’s advocacy organizations. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Creighton University, an honors graduate of Washington University School of Law (St. Louis), and a former varsity athlete.