Djuna E. Perkins
Top rated Schools & Education attorney in Dedham, MassachusettsDP Law
Practice Areas: Schools & Education, Civil Litigation view more
Licensed in Massachusetts since: 1992
Education: Boston University School of Law
Languages Spoken: English, French
DP Law3 Allied Dr
Dedham, MA 02026 Phone: 781-326-6320 Email: Djuna E. Perkins Visit website
Ms. Perkins investigates sexual misconduct and other discrimination at schools and workplaces using skills and judgment developed in over twenty-five years as a prosecutor and civil litigator focused on matters involving sexual abuse and harassment. Since 2012, Ms. Perkins has conducted over one hundred thorough and impartial investigations of sexual misconduct and other discrimination for colleges, universities, independent schools and businesses throughout New England since 2012, earning a stellar reputation for her investigative skills, her compassion, and her ability to assist institutions in maintaining healthy climates. Matters include allegations between students, between staff, and by students against staff viewed through the lens of Title IX, Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and internal institutional policies. Ms. Perkins strongly believes that the institutions that engender the most trust and goodwill are those that respond to alleged sexual misconduct promptly and fairly in a process in which all parties feel heard and respected. Ms. Perkins strives to create such an environment for witnesses in all her investigations while also providing clear, evidence-based conclusions for clients.
Ms. Perkins, an alumna of Boston University School of Law and Smith College, is also a graduate of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination Sexual Harassment Investigation and Train-the-Trainer courses. In addition to investigations, she also conducts trainings for staff on identifying, preventing and responding to sexual misconduct, conducts policy reviews, and acts as an expert witness on the subject of sexual misconduct investigations. A nationally recognized thought leader in the area of Title IX investigations, her work has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered and in the Chronicle of Higher Education. She is a founder of ASDI, the Association of Sexual Misconduct and Discrimination Investigators of New England, and has published scholarly articles on the subject of sexual misconduct investigations and the use of the “first complaint” rule in sexual assault prosecutions.
As an assistant attorney general and assistant district attorney for nearly ten years, Ms. Perkins tried dozens of jury cases in the district and superior courts of Massachusetts and supervised the prosecution of thousands of domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault cases in Boston. In private practice for nine years, Ms. Perkins represented dozens of crime victims in litigation against third parties, as well as employers sued for discrimination and those accused of sexual misconduct in criminal and civil matters.
Practice areasSchools & Education, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Civil Litigation: Defense, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Employment Litigation: Defense
First Admitted: 1992, Massachusetts
Professional Webpage: https://djunaperkinslaw.com/about/
- Ms. Perkins has conducted over one hundred sexual misconduct investigations and Title IX adjudicator trainings for major school districts and independent schools, public and private colleges, non-profit institutions, camps, professional associations and employers throughout New England.
- Hearing Officer, Board of Bar Overseers (2006-2012); Trustee, Women's Bar Foundation (2006-08); Member, Justice and Accountability Committee, Governor's Commission on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence (2004-2006)
- Drafted amicus brief on behalf of Jane Doe, Inc., Victim Rights Law Center and others in Commonwealth v. King, 445 Mass. 217 (2005), a case in which the Supreme Judicial Court preserved and expanded upon the rule allowing hearsay testimony to corroborate a sexual assault victim’s first report of the assault; consult regularly with victim advocacy organizations and crime victims regarding the criminal justice process.
- This article explains and analyzes the merits of the student discipline process on college campuses., Author, Behind the Headlines: An Insider's Guide to Title IX and the Student Discipline Process for Sexual Assaults, Boston Bar Journal, Higher Education, 2015
- This article examines the use of the "fresh complaint" exception to the rule against hearsay in sexual assault cases., Author, Rethinking the Fresh Complaint Rule in Sexual Assault Cases: A Response to Commonwealth v. Montanez, 89 Massachusetts Law Review 2 (2004)
- Ms. Perkins is a graduate of Smith College and Boston University School of Law.
- In 1999, Ms. Perkins was selected as a trainer for Project Harmony’s International Domestic Violence Community Partnership Program, a U.S. State Department funded program to provide grassroots support and training about domestic violence in Russia and the Ukraine.
- Ms. Perkins is a graduate of the following Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination courses: Conducting Internal Discrimination Complaint Investigations, Harassment Prevention Train-the-Trainer Course, and Preventing Discrimination Train-the Trainer Course., 2013
- To Tackle Sexual Assault Cases, Colleges Enlist Investigators for Hire, Higher Education, 2015
- Are Students Accused of Sexual Assault Being Treated Fairly?, Higher Education
- Chair, Board of Directors, Brookview House (Member, 2011-14), 2015
- Member, Board of Directors, Dedham School of Music, 2016
- Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2023