Cathleen Dooley


Cathleen M. Dooley joined Thrun Law Firm in August 2022. Before joining the firm, Cathleen practiced law in Arizona for 19 years.

Cathleen received her undergraduate degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in History (B.A., 1993), her law degree from the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2003), and her doctorate from the University of Arizona in History (Ph.D., 2001). While in law school, Cathleen served as a managing editor on the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law.

Cathleen was the Director of the Office of University Rights and Responsibilities at Arizona State University, leading a team of six attorneys who investigated discrimination complaints against university employees. Before that, Cathleen was a Partner at Udall Shumway PLC, representing school districts and charter schools throughout Arizona in all areas of school law. Before joining Udall Shumway in 2014, Cathleen served as an Assistant Attorney General at the Civil Rights Division of the Arizona Office of Attorney General, where she was honored as Civil Rights Attorney of the year in 2011, and as an attorney at the Arizona Center for Disability Law.

Cathleen advises clients in areas of labor and employment, special education, civil rights issues, board governance, student rights, and discipline. She has provided trainings in the areas of employment discrimination law, special education law, and Title IX to both school personnel and attorney groups, including to the Arizona School Board Association, the Arizona State Bar, the Arizona Council of Administrators of Special Education, and the Arizona School Administrators Association.

Cathleen has served on volunteer boards for several community organizations, including serving on the Southern Arizona Legal Aid board in every leadership position over seven years. She has also served on the boards of a community youth orchestra group, an organization that promotes affordable housing, and a group home for boys in the LGBTQ community.

Having moved to Michigan in 2022, Cathleen lives in Charlotte with her husband and three dogs. She enjoys exploring her beautiful new home state. Cathleen also enjoys traveling throughout the world and spending time with her adult children.

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Day 2
January 25, 2024
3:15 pm

True Threat vs. Protected Speech: Student Discipline & the First Amendment [Teaching & Learning]

Richard A/B (Level 5)
25 January
Time:  3:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Location:  Richard A/B (Level 5)

Discipline based on student speech is always a complicated and contentious issue, particularly when that speech is or implies a threat. Understanding the protections afforded to student speech and being able to distinguish “true threats” from objectionable but protected speech is more important than ever in this climate of school safety concerns. This session will cover the intersection of speech and student discipline on and off campus, including recent legal developments and common disciplinary mistakes.

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