Katherine M. Allen recently retired from her position as Associate General Counsel at the Pennsylvania State University, where she focused on 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 Baker is the Managing Attorney of Novus Law Firm in California. She focuses on higher education law, with an emphasis on student affairs, governance, accreditation, mergers and labor and employment law. She regularly advises and trains institutions of higher education on Title IX and Investigations. She is the co-founder of Title IX ASAP – a training program for campus administrators and regularly tweets Title IX updates and resources at @titleixasap. She is the past Chair of the Higher Education Council of the Employment Law Alliance and a past member of the National Association of College & University Attorneys Board of Directors. She has authored several amicus briefs to the United States Supreme Court (Fisher I & II), the Ninth Circuit and to the National Labor Relations Board on issues affecting institutions of higher education. She frequently speaks for NACUA, the Council of Independent Colleges, and other higher education associations. She is a graduate of Tufts University and the University of Maine School of Law. She and her husband spend their spare time with their energetic English Pointer hound.
Pamela Heatlie is the Director of the Office for Institutional Equity at the University of Michigan - Dearborn. She previously served as an Associate Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs, Senior Director of the Office for Institutional Equity and Title IX Coordinator at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her work focuses on creating a welcoming, respectful and inclusive campus environment. Pam's particular areas of expertise include civil rights law and related investigations, DEI initiatives, and legal and compliance issues related to affirmative action. She has also taught the course “Title IX and Higher Education” at the University of Michigan Law School.
Prior to becoming an administrator, Pam worked for fifteen years as in-house legal counsel to public universities. Her legal practice was wide-ranging, with a particular emphasis on employment law and student-related legal issues. She also taught “Legal Issues in Higher Education” at the University of Vermont and Eastern Michigan University.
Pam received her BA with highest distinction from Wayne State University and her JD from the University of Michigan Law School.