Experienced litigator Jeffrey Metzler counsels his clients on complex claims and investigations  in the educational services industry.

Jeff has a diverse range of litigation and in-house experience. His practice focuses on advising and representing educational institutions and on public affairs. Jeff has litigated claims relating to civil rights (race, gender and disability discrimination), student discipline, admissions policies, financial aid, First Amendment, privacy, real estate and administrative law. Jeff also has served as trusted counsel to senior leaders in government and educational institutions, who rely on his judgment, creativity, client-orientation and problem-solving approach.

Representative Experience

  • Represented universities in federal and state court and government investigations concerning allegations of race and gender discrimination, including Title IX claims by respondents who were dismissed after being found responsible for sexual misconduct.

  • Represented universities in government investigations into allegations of disability discrimination in student housing, academic accommodations, and website accessibility.

  • Authored Supreme Court amicus brief in landmark university affirmative action case.

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  • Advised on more than dozen student conduct investigations and hearings, including sexual misconduct (Title IX), academic misconduct (e.g. plagiarism), and non-sexual misconduct (e.g. hazing).
  • Advised universities on development of policies and reports relating to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Title IX, and residential housing.
  • Represented universities in compliance reviews by Office of Federal Student Aid and National Science Foundation.

Professional Highlights

  • Served as Acting General Counsel and Chief of Litigation for the New York City Council, Associate General Counsel for New York University, and Assistant Solicitor General for New York State.
  • Successfully argued dozens of dispositive motions and appeals in US District Court, US Court of Appeals, NYS Appellate Division, and the NY Court of Appeals.
  • Adjunct Professor of course on Law and Public Policy at NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

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  • Guest lecturer on Law of Higher Education at NYU Steinhardt.
  • Former Chair of the Education Committee of the NYC Bar Association.
  • Regional Representative of Yale Law School Executive Committee.
  • Member of National Association of College and University Attorneys.

Speaking Engagements

  • "Avoiding Trouble Before Classes are in Session: Difficult Issues that Arise During the Admissions Process," NACUA Winter 2020 CLE Workshop, New Orleans, January 30, 2020

Education

  • J.D., Yale Law School, 2002

    M.P.A., Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, 1999
    Public Affairs Fellow

    B.A., Brown University, 1995
    magna cum laude

Admissions

  • New York

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

    U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

    U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Clerkships

  • Hon. Diana Gribbon Motz, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit