Lisa Cloutier has over a decade of experience in advocacy for gender-based violence survivors, civil litigation, and civil rights investigations in schools.
Ms. Cloutier served as a Supervisory General Attorney/Compliance Team Leader at the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR). In this role, she supervised a team of 6 attorneys and investigators in evaluating complaints, conducting investigations, and negotiating corrective action agreements of sex (including sexual violence), race, color, national origin, disability, and age discrimination complaints under federal civil rights laws. Prior to working at OCR, Ms. Cloutier served as a consultant to Futures Without Violence and other organizations and universities regarding civil rights in education, with a particular focus on gender-based violence and Title IX. Ms. Cloutier wrote training curricula and model policies, and has advised over 25 diverse colleges and universities on preventing civil rights violations and complying with federal civil rights and higher education laws. Ms. Cloutier also advised and represented student survivors of gender-based violence in campus disciplinary proceedings.
Ms. Cloutier practiced for approximately 5 years in the Complex Commercial Litigation Group at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, a large, international law firm. She represented corporations in a range of high-stakes litigation, and conducted internal investigations of Fortune 100 companies pertaining to a wide variety of issues. Ms. Cloutier secured multi-million dollar settlements for clients, guided clients successfully through regulatory inquiries, and won lawsuits at the trial and appellate levels. In her pro bono practice, Ms. Cloutier wrote a habeas corpus brief using a novel Eighth Amendment argument, that she crafted, resulting in the federal court vacating her client’s death sentence after 25 years of unsuccessful appeals. Ms. Cloutier also successfully represented students and gender-based violence survivors in a variety of proceedings.
Ms. Cloutier has nearly 15 years of experience in policy and advocacy for survivors of gender-based violence. As a law student at Harvard, Ms. Cloutier co-wrote the first law in the nation enabling GPS tracking of domestic violence offenders at a high risk of re-assaulting victims. This law has since been replicated in over 25 states. Ms. Cloutier also co-presented a training module on universities’ Title IX obligations to sexual violence survivors at a U.S. Department of Justice: Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) national conference.
Ms. Cloutier graduated from Harvard Law School, where she was Managing Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender and President of Students Organized for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (Stop DV). After Law School, Ms. Cloutier clerked for U.S. District Judge Lawrence Kahn, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. Ms. Cloutier graduated from Brandeis University, magna cum laude, completing her Undergraduate Degree in Politics. Ms. Cloutier was selected as a 2001 Truman Scholar for her public service accomplishments.
Ms. Cloutier is a member of the Massachusetts and New York Bars.