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Naomi R. Shatz
  • Criminal Law, Employment Law, Education Law
  • Massachusetts, New York
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Summary

Partner Naomi Shatz focuses on students' rights, university discipline, and employee rights. She represents students at all levels of education from elementary school through graduate school, as well as teachers and professors involved in discrimination cases and disciplinary proceedings regarding claims of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and academic misconduct. Naomi also advises and represents individuals in employment matters and criminal cases.

Naomi has been selected to the Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers each year since 2016. In 2018, Naomi was named an Up & Coming Lawyer by Massachusetts Law Weekly.

Prior to joining Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP, Naomi was a Skadden Fellow and a staff attorney with the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU). Naomi represented one of the first students in the country alleging discrimination by his school for ignoring his complaints of harassment by other students based on a failure to conform to gender stereotypes. Naomi helped her client secure a settlement wherein the school district not only compensated the student but agreed to overhaul its policies and practices for preventing and addressing harassment of students. She also represented New York City public school students in a class-action suit challenging police practices in the schools.

At Yale Law School Naomi was a managing editor of the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, an editor of the Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal, and chair of Law Students for Reproductive Justice. She helped found the school’s Domestic Violence Clinic, where she represented survivors of domestic violence in family law matters.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • Employment Law
  • Education Law
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Massachusetts
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New York
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1st Circuit
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2nd Circuit
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U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
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U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
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U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
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Languages
  • English
Professional Experience
Partner
Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP
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Law Clerk to the Hon. Ralph D. Gants
Hon. Raymond S. Wilkins, Chief Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
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Fellow & Staff Attorney
New York Civil Liberties Union Skadden
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Skadden Fellow
Legal Momentum
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Law Student Intern
Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic
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Supervising Student, Law Student Intern
Community Lawyering Clinic/Domestic Violence Clinic
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Legal Intern
Gender, Health and Justice Research Unit, University of Cape Town
Education
Yale Law School
J.D. (2008)
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Barnard College
B.A. (2004)
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Awards
Up and Coming Lawyers
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
Rising Star
Super Lawyers
2016, 2017, 2018
Professional Associations
Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association
Member
Current
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Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts
Member
Current
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Legal Network for Gender Equity
Member
Current
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Boston Bar Association
Member
Current
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MASSACHUSETTS ASSOCIATION OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS
Member
Current
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Speaking Engagements
Abstinence Education in Public Schools, Culture Shocks Radio Show
2010
Is the Death Penalty Off the Table for Women?, Huffington Post Live Segment
2013
Sexual Assault on Campus, Frank J. Murray American Inn of Court
2014
Sexual Assault on College Campuses, BUTV segment: On that Point
2015
Sexual Assault on College Campuses, Meeting held by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos
2017
Contact & Map
Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP
65A Atlantic Ave
Boston, MA 02110
USA
Telephone: (617) 742-6020
Fax: (617) 742-3269