Katherine M. Allen is Associate General Counsel at the Pennsylvania State University, focusing on faculty and employment issues, including research misconduct investigations. Prior to joining the Office of General Counsel, Katherine represented Penn State, the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and other clients as a shareholder in a private firm. For over 16 years, she concentrated her practice on employment law and litigation, civil rights litigation and higher education law. Katherine served as chair of her firm’s Labor and Employment and Litigation practice groups and advised several nonprofit organizations. For several years, she was also a member of the adjunct faculty team for the Advocacy I program at the Dickinson School of Law. Katherine previously worked in private practice in Tennessee and Wisconsin. In 1990-91, she served as a law clerk for the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. Katherine has served as Chair and on the Board of Centre County Women’s Resource Center. She is the former President of the Board of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. She also previously served as a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys’ Continuing Legal Education Committee. Katherine received her B.A. cum laude from Davidson College and her J.D. with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law.
Natasha J. Baker is a partner with Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP, in the firm's San Francisco office. Ms. Baker advises private and public institutions of higher education on a broad range of legal matters, including labor, employment, student affairs and compliance issues. She is the co-chair of the Higher Education Council of the Employment Law Alliance. Ms. Baker recently co-authored an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas, on the consideration of race in admissions. She also co-authored amicus briefs to the National Labor Relations Board on the issue of whether faculty and graduate students may be permitted to unionize under the National Labor Relations Act.
Ms. Baker regularly presents training sessions to administrators and faculty around the country on higher education issues including Conducting Effective Campus Investigations, Managing the Search Process, Conducting Effective Faculty Evaluations, and Managing Within the Law. Her practice includes conducting preventative training and providing practical advice on a wide-range of legal issues, including ADA compliance; performance management and termination strategies that minimize risk; and labor relations issues.
Ms. Baker also represents clients in administrative agency charges and state and federal litigation. She also regularly conducts third-party investigations into a variety of workplace issues and has trained supervisors and managers nationwide on the best practices to use when conducting an investigation. Ms. Baker advises Boards of Trustees for institutions of higher education on the negotiation of Presidential contracts and the termination of high level administrators. She assists institutions with the accreditation process, including appeals and revocation hearings. In addition to handling employee terminations, Ms. Baker advises institutions regarding the termination of tenured faculty members for cause. Ms. Baker is a member of the California Bar and a graduate of Tufts University (B.S. Physics) and the University of Maine School of Law. She has served as a member of NACUA's Board of Directors.
Howard Kallem is the Director of Title IX Compliance for Duke University. He had previously held a similar position as Title IX Compliance Coordinator at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before that, he was Chief Regional Attorney for the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, D.C. Enforcement Office for 16 years and in OCR’s policy office for 4 years. He took a year off from his position as Chief Regional Attorney to work as a Senior Equal Opportunity Specialist with the Office of Equity and Diversity Services at George Mason University in Virginia. Previously, he was with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for 14 years, and was in private legal practice before that. He has worked extensively with issues such as sexual and racial harassment, testing, and meeting the needs of students with disabilities.