Elizabeth Kamm Abdnour

Elizabeth Kamm Abdnour

Abdnour Weiker LLP
  • Education Law, Civil Rights, Employment Law
  • Michigan, Ohio
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Elizabeth Abdnour is an attorney and partner at Abdnour Weiker LLP fighting for fair and equitable treatment at school and in the workplace.

Liz is an experienced, compassionate, and client-centered attorney and advocate who has committed her career to working towards justice and equality for all people. Liz's legal expertise includes special education, school discipline, Title IX, civil rights, disability, employment, and sexual and domestic violence. ?

For the first eight years of her career, Liz worked as a legal services attorney, representing low-income individuals in a variety of civil legal matters. Liz spent two years as the supervising attorney of a domestic violence and protection order clinic jointly operated by a legal aid organization and a law school. Liz then transitioned to working as an institutional equity coordinator and senior investigator at Michigan State University, handling investigations and providing training to the campus community on civil rights and Title IX matters.

In 2018, Liz launched her own solo law firm, Elizabeth Abdnour Law, PLLC, to fight for justice on behalf of clients at school and in the workplace. In 2023, Liz joined Abdnour Weiker LLP as partner to help students, educators, and workers throughout Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and beyond. Liz also serves as an investigator, party advisor, consultant, and trainer with Title IX Solutions.
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The combination of Liz's legal experience and her years as an internal university investigator and administrator at Michigan State University during the height of the Larry Nassar investigation give her unparalleled expertise regarding educational institutions' obligations with respect to civil rights and Title IX response.

Practice Areas
    Education Law
    Civil Rights
    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Discrimination, Employment
    Employment Law
    Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
Video Conferencing
  • FaceTime
  • Google Meet
  • Skype
  • Zoom
  • FreeConferenceCall
  • Microsoft Teams
  • WhatsApp
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Michigan
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Ohio
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U.S. Supreme Court
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Partner
Abdnour Weiker LLP
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Our Mission: To protect the rights and futures of students and educators.
Founder & Principal
Elizabeth Abdnour Law, PLLC
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Provided individual legal representation and advice, independent investigative services, consultation, and training in K-12 and higher education matters, including special education, Title IX and civil rights issues, employment law, and compliance.
Senior Institutional Equity Investigator
Michigan State University
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Conducted investigations into allegations of discrimination, harassment, and Title IX violations. Shaped policies and procedures related to campus safety, equal opportunity, and non-discrimination issues. Provided training and expertise on university policies as well as laws and regulations governing civil rights, education, privacy, and employment and labor laws.
Institutional Equity Coordinator
Michigan State University
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Conducted investigations into allegations of discrimination, harassment, and Title IX violations. Shaped policies and procedures related to campus safety, equal opportunity, and non-discrimination issues. Provided training and expertise on university policies as well as laws and regulations governing civil rights, education, privacy, and employment and labor laws.
Staff Attorney
Legal Services of South Central Michigan
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Represented and advised clients in the areas of family, domestic violence, foreclosure, and consumer law. Supervised Self Help Clinic for pro se clients in divorce, custody, child support, and paternity cases. Performed community outreach and training.
Supervising Attorney
Legal Aid Society/University of Cincinnati College of Law DVCPO Clinic
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Supervised law students in all aspects of civil protection order, immigration, and divorce cases. Instructed and mentored students in trial advocacy, client interviewing and relationship building, domestic violence dynamics, and law.
Staff Attorney
Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio
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Represented and advised clients in the areas of family, domestic violence, immigration, education, civil rights, employment, disability, and public benefits law. Performed community outreach and training. Led internal strategic planning initiative to improve organizational services to immigrant and limited English proficient clients.
Education
New York University School of Law
J.D. (2006)
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Michigan State University
B.A. (2001) | Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy; Interdisciplinary Humanities
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Awards
The Dubey-Zerka Award of Volunteer Excellence
The Firecracker Foundation
Professional Associations
Federal Bar Association
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National Crime Victim Bar Association
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Disability Rights Bar Association
Member
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National Employment Lawyers Association
Member
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Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
Member
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The Firecracker Foundation
Board Member
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State Bar of Michigan
Member
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Ingham County Bar Association
Member
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Association of Workplace Investigators
Member
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Education Law Association
Member
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ACLU of Michigan
Cooperating Attorney
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American Association for Access, Equity, and Diversity
Member
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Women Lawyers Association of Michigan
Member
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National Association of College and University Attorneys
Member
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American Inns of Court
Barrister
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National Lawyers Guild
Member
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Cincinnati Bar Association
Member
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Representing Employees of Educational Institutions in the #MeToo Era: What Employment Lawyers Need to Know About Title IX
Michigan Bar Journal
It’s time for MSU to settle Title IX litigation with all survivors
Lansing State Journal
Negotiating the Title IX Process: Practice Tips for Family Law Attorneys Representing Students
Michigan Family Law Journal
Remedies for Victims of School-Related Stalking: Title IX Lessons for Family Law Practitioners
Michigan Family Law Journal
Navigating Ethical Challenges: The Importance of Mentors for New Attorneys
Michigan Bar Journal
ABA YLD Annual Meeting in Chicago Seminar Report
Inter Alia: Among Other Things
Don’t Leave Them Behind: Education for Homeless, Immigrant, and Limited-English-Proficient Children
Clearinghouse Review: Journal of Poverty Law and Policy
Finding a Mentor: An Essential Tool for the New Attorney
Cincinnati Bar Association Report
Immigrant's Story Mirrors Others
Cincinnati Enquirer
Speaking Engagements
Cultivating a Culture of Equity, Michigan Municipal League Annual Convention, Detroit, MI
Michigan Municipal League
Diversity, Equity, and Unconscious Bias: How We Create an Inclusive Environment and Employ People Who Represent the Community We Serve in Higher Education and Other Public Entities, American Association for Access, Equity, and Diversity National Conference and Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN
American Association for Access, Equity, and Diversity
Know Your Title IX Rights, 26th Annual Dia De La Mujer Conference, East Lansing, MI
Michigan State University
Special Education and Title IX: Addressing the Needs of Students With Disabilities Who Have Also Experienced Sex-Based Harassment or Assault, Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
Special Education: Advocacy Strategies and Best Practices, Michigan Poverty Law Program Annual Roadshow Training, Okemos, MI
Michigan Poverty Law Program
Hot Topic: Successfully Navigating #MeToo Under Title IX and ELCRA, State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section Annual Summit, Harbor Springs, MI
State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section
Immigration Remedies Available to Victims of Crime, National Organization of Victim Assistance Annual Conference, Columbus, OH
National Organization of Victim Assistance
Education Disparities: Ensuring a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for Vulnerable Populations, Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
Websites & Blogs
Website
Abdnour Weiker LLP
Website
Elizabeth Abdnour
Contact & Map
Abdnour Weiker LLP
500 E. Michigan Ave.
Suite 130
Lansing, MI 48912
Telephone: (517) 994-1776
Fax: (614) 417-5081
Notice: By appointment only
Abdnour Weiker LLP
41000 Woodward Ave
Suite 350
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
Telephone: (248) 487-1645
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Abdnour Weiker LLP
262 S. 3rd Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Telephone: (614) 745-2001
Fax: (614) 417-5081
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Abdnour Weiker LLP
201 E. Fifth Street
Suite 1900
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Telephone: (513) 496-1635
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Abdnour Weiker LLP
1468 West 9th St.
Suite 100
Cleveland, OH 44113
Telephone: (216) 714-1515
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Abdnour Weiker LLP
651 Holiday Drive
Plaza 5, Suite 400
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
Telephone: (412) 903-3700
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Abdnour Weiker LLP
600 Eagleview Blvd.
Suite 300
Exton, PA 19341
Telephone: (215) 234-1732
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