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Jeff Lamoureaux

After a career in law enforcement, Jeff began working as a Title IX and Civil Rights professional and realized there was a real lack of affordable expert-level external services for organizations. Jeff has worked as a Civil Rights / Title IX / EEO Investigator, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Title IX Coordinator, ADA/504 Coordinator, and Director of Civil Rights Compliance. Jeff is a first generation college graduate that earned his B.A. in Public Administration with an emphasis on Criminal Justice from CSU Chico and his M.A. in Organizational Leadership. Jeff's training history includes but is not limited to; ATIXA, NACUA, NASPA, ATAP, SUNY, AWI, Traliant, D. Stafford & Associates, CUPA-HR, CNOA, and FBI.

Jeff has conducted over 1,000 investigations throughout his professional career and specializes in sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking, and sexual harassment. Jeff has presented training to over 1,000 faculty, students, and staff on university campuses on Title IX, Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, Dating/Domestic Violence, Stalking, Consent, and Sexual Assault Prevention. Jeff has testified in criminal court and was previously recognized as an expert for his knowledge of narcotics violations, substance abuse recognition, and sex offenses.

Stephanie Thomas

Senior Investigator, Title IX Investigator, Coordinator, Title IX Hearing Officer, and Certified Mediator. Education: B.A., M.A. Student Affairs, Juris Doctor. 

Stephanie has worked professionally for Colleges and Universities since 2007 engaging professionally with all levels of administration, student stakeholders, parents and community partners. Serving first as an investigator and then as a Title IX Coordinator, Stephanie has acquired extensive experience responding to hundreds of reports of sexual harassment including sexual assault, dating and domestic violence and stalking from initial report to conclusion of the Hearing Process. She has trained thousands of faculty, staff and students on issues of healthy relationships, sexual assault prevention, fairness and neutrality, due process, university conduct boards, and Title IX. 

Stephanie ‘s Training History includes but is not limited to Mental Heath First Aid, Child Abuse Reduction, Forensic Experiential Trauma Interviewing, ATIXA, Jackson Lewis, Clery, VAWA, All Title IX Regulations and Guidance, Green Dot.

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Artie Vaughn

With a distinguished career spanning over 15 years in law and investigations, Artie has extensive expertise in investigations with a focus on legal issues. Artie has particular experience and expertise in Title IX, sexual assault, and equity issues, leveraging his extensive background to navigate complex cases with precision and integrity.

Artie graduated from Appalachian School of Law in 2007 magna cum laude. He then honed his skills in various challenging roles, including serving as a Trial Attorney with a firm focused on representing military members and an Associate Attorney at Agricola Law. His tenure at Auburn University as a Civil Rights Investigator particularly underscores his commitment to justice and fairness, where he skillfully handled Title IX complaints and trained thousands of students, faculty, and staff on sexual assault, sexual harassment, and Title IX.  

His military service is equally impressive. Artie excelled in the United States Air Force as a Division Chief and Instructor in Military Justice at the Air Force Judge Advocate General's School where attained over 1,200 hours instructing and teaching others on criminal law, advocacy, and investigations. His role as a Defense Counsel highlights his ability to manage and defend complex legal cases.

Holding a Master of Laws in Military Law with a Criminal Law Specialty, Artie's academic success complements his practical experience. His published works in military justice and victim rights reflect his deep understanding of the law's nuances and his dedication to continuous learning.

With a top-secret clearance level, Artie's integrity and trustworthiness are unquestionable. His awards, including Field Grade Officer of the Year and multiple Air Force Commendation Medals, speak to his exceptional leadership and legal acumen.

In his current role, Artie continues to break new ground, combining his analytical, organizational, writing, and courtroom litigation skills to achieve successful outcomes. His dynamic leadership and commitment to justice make him a vital asset to any legal team. 

You can contact Artie at artie@vaughndefense.com or visit his law firm's website @ http://www.vaughndefense.com/  

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