Courtney Hostetler's practice includes criminal defense, campus misconduct and students' rights cases, and employment discrimination cases.
Prior to joining Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein, Courtney was a Yale Public Interest Fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts (ACLUM). While at the ACLUM, Courtney focused on issues of students’ rights, academic discipline, and disparities in the treatment of students of color and students with disabilities in Massachusetts public schools. In that capacity, Courtney represented a student who was unlawfully expelled from school and faced discrimination on the basis of race and national origin, securing an agreement under which the student’s discipline record was expunged and he was allowed to return to school. In addition, Courtney worked closely with several school districts to overhaul their discipline policies and practices and she assisted students who were unlawfully punished for asserting their free speech rights under the First Amendment and the Massachusetts Student Freedom of Expression Act, negotiating with schools to revise their speech policies. She also served as an attorney on a criminal case before the First Circuit Court of Appeals, representing a client who asserted that there was an Alleyne error during sentencing. ACLUM will argue the case before the First Circuit in 2015.
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