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As an experienced higher education attorney and former administrator, Joy offers clients practical solutions for compliance, policy development, training, streamlining case management and fostering respectful environments.

College and university clients value Joy’s uniquely broad experience at the intersection of law, employment and higher education. Joy is familiar with the hurdles and opportunities of private medical campuses, small liberal arts colleges, large state institutions and primarily online institutions, among others. She offers client advice on a range of higher education issues, including faculty and staff employment, tenure, student affairs, investigations, threat assessment, and youth protection matters. Joy has particular experience handling matters relating to sexual misconduct, discrimination and harassment (including Title IX, VAWA, ADA and Title VII matters), having led the Office of Institutional Equity at a leading private university.

Joy has navigated educational legal matters from multiple perspectives in roles at the Educational Affairs Division of the Office of the Maryland Attorney General, and more recently at Johns Hopkins where she served as both Assistant Vice Provost and Title IX Coordinator as well as Interim Vice Provost for Institutional Equity.

She is known as an engaging communicator who is able to quickly identify client needs, deliver practical advice, and help clients implement legal strategy for optimal results.




  • J.D., University of Baltimore School of Law
    • magna cum laude
  • B.A., Franklin & Marshall College
    • English


  • Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • District of Columbia

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), 2007-Present
  • George Washington University School of Business Women in Leadership Executive Program Advisory Council

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Private University Assistant Vice Provost and Title IX Coordinator & Interim Vice Provost for Institutional Equity

  • Managed Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) serving 19,000+ employees and 26,000+ students in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Ensured institution compliance with federal, state and local laws related to affirmative action and equal opportunity; investigated all protected class discrimination and harassment complaints; provided harassment prevention and disability services training; and served as central resource for faculty, staff and students in connection with discrimination, harassment, disability and religious accommodation matters.
  • Created and enhanced university policy to ensure compliance with anti-discrimination law and guidance (including, but not limited to, Title IX/VAWA, ADA, and Title VII).
  • Trained and led team of 14 – including Deputy Title IX Coordinator, 7 Equity Compliance Attorney Investigators, Case Manager, Investigation Assistant, Director of ADA Compliance, Assistant Director of Workplace Accommodations, as well as support staff.
  • Led implementation and promotion of university-wide student campus climate surveys.
  • Represented university at National Academies of Science Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education, led remediation work group -- as well as Association of American Universities (AAU) Advisory Board on Sexual Harassment in Academia.

Office of the Maryland Attorney General, Educational Affairs Division

  • In senior counsel role, coordinated division advice to clients on topics including responding to student, staff and faculty matters, and Maryland Public Information Act requests. Compiled legal resources for and consulted with division attorneys regarding proposed legal advice to University System of Maryland (USM) clients.
  • In Assistant Attorney General role, represented institution clients during institution and office of administrative hearings, in matters before EEOC and OCR, and in litigation matters pending in state and federal courts.
  • Advised USM constituent institution clients on higher education legal matters. Worked directly with client presidents, vice presidents and other senior administrators, including senior administrators in human resources, student affairs, academic affairs, police departments and compliance offices. Advised institution clients regarding student and personnel matters, policy creation and implementation, as well as compliance with law, policy and guidance. Advised union bargaining team, behavioral assessment team, student conduct hearing board, academic policies committee, committee on human research, and other key institution committees and boards.
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Outside the Office

Joy spends her free time with her two sons and husband. She enjoys cooking, traveling, skiing, running, hiking and biking.

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