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Overview

Drawing on past government agency experience, Demetrius skillfully investigates complex allegations of misconduct, providing guidance and counsel to educational institutions.

Demetrius conducts comprehensive investigations for schools on alleged violations of institutional policies and federal civil rights laws, including sexual harassment, racial discrimination and harassment, age discrimination and retaliation.

Before joining Husch Blackwell, Demetrius served as in-house legal counsel for the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). He advised team members on legal issues relating to the investigation, negotiation and resolution of complaints and compliance reviews, and the acceptance and monitoring of corrective action agreements. His government agency experience allows him to represent education clients with a well-rounded understanding of complex civil rights issues.

Demetrius also uses his previous experience to assist clients confronting complaints or compliance reviews with Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), Federal Student Aid, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other state civil rights agencies.

In addition, Demetrius provides guidance to educational institutions regarding improvement of internal policies to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations. He also trains schools on their own policies to keep staff prepared. A trusted advisor, Demetrius helps clients through tough situations and puts them at ease as he collaborates with them to resolve complex matters. When needed, he also represents school districts in collective bargaining negotiations.


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Recognition

  • National Black Lawyers (NBL), Top 100, 2021

Education

  • J.D., University of Kansas School of Law
  • B.S., University of Kansas
    • Journalism

Admissions

  • Kansas
  • Missouri

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
Case Studies
Black Leaders Advancing Quality Urban Education (BLAQUE)

Dr. Cokethea Hill had a vision for creating a nonprofit organization that advances educational equity and improves educational outcomes for African-American children in public schools. While Dr. Hill had a robust framework for how to achieve the underlying goals, the scope and boldness of her ideas required a sophisticated approach to the organization’s formative stages.  

Dr. Hill met Demetrius Peterson through a relationship he made in the Centurions Leadership Program, the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s two-year leadership development program. After an initial consultation, Dr. Hill retained Husch Blackwell to transform her vision into a reality.

News Releases | July 19, 2019
Demetrius Peterson Named to Centurions Leadership Program's Fall 2021 Class

The Centurions Leadership Program is a two-year immersion in leadership and community engagement activities.

News Releases | April 05, 2019
Husch Blackwell to Host School Safety Symposium

The symposium, aimed at general counsel, superintendents, heads of schools, and board members of public and private schools in Kansas and Missouri, will take place at the firm's Kansas City office.

Outside the Office

Demetrius enjoys sports, movies and family time.

An avid football and basketball fan, Demetrius cheers for the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals and Kansas Jayhawks. He enjoys action movies and loves spending time with his wife and daughter.

Community Leadership

Demetrius pays it forward by mentoring and advising diverse students at the high school, undergraduate and law school levels.

Demetrius believes in reaching out to young people with the message that dreams are achievable. He had his own positive experience with mentors as an undergraduate and law student, which gave him the confidence to make his legal career wish a reality.

Dedicated to diversity concerns, Demetrius serves on the University of Kansas School of Law Diversity Advisory Council, where he discusses issues such as student retention and admission rates and builds relationships with law school graduates. He also works with KU undergraduate students to help them navigate the path to law school and serves in an advisory role for the Kansas City Kansas Public Schools pre-law integration program.

  • Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Centurions Leadership Program, Class of 2021, Chair
  • University of Kansas School of Law Diversity Advisory Council, 2013-present

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