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Rebecca Leitman Veidlinger has a distinguished background in law, criminal justice, and higher education.
For eight years Rebecca prosecuted misdemeanors and felonies in Bloomington, Indiana, with a particular specialty in domestic violence and sex crimes. As a sex crimes prosecutor in a college town, Rebecca quickly saw the need for specialized training for university staff who are faced with allegations of campus sexual assault. Rebecca regularly trained campus judicial hearing officers, campus and local police officers, cadets at the law enforcement academy, and the emergency room nurses who conducted forensic sexual assault exams on student patients. Rebecca also provided ongoing guidance to campus and local police investigators regarding evidence collection and investigative strategy.
Rebecca educated thousands of Indiana University students during her time in Bloomington, bringing her experience prosecuting gender-based violence directly into prevention programming. In collaboration with IU’s Sexual Assault Crisis Services, Rebecca created a cutting-edge sexual assault presentation geared toward the college-age audience. In the third year of the program’s existence, the IU interfraternity council selected it as one of the mandatory sexual assault education pieces for fraternity members. In 2010, Indiana University’s Commission of Personal Safety awarded the program the Leadership in Personal Safety Award. Since this time, many national fraternities have hired Rebecca to provide prevention programming to their membership.
Rebecca brought her extensive knowledge surrounding college campus sexual assaults to her work as a Title IX Investigator at the University of Michigan in 2013. In this role, Rebecca conducted numerous investigations involving students, faculty and staff into allegations of school-related sexual assault, sexual harassment, and stalking. Rebecca performed these investigations with sensitivity and impartiality, and treated all parties involved with respect. Rebecca’s work as a Title IX Investigator included interviewing the parties and witnesses, identifying and collecting documentary and electronic evidence, and making a determination as to whether the University’s policies prohibiting sexual misconduct have been violated. Rebecca partnered and consulted regularly with the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center, staff from the Office of Student Life, and campus and local law enforcement agencies.
In April, 2015, Rebecca was selected by Michigan State University to lead its new Office for Institutional Equity and was named MSU's interim Deputy Title IX Coordinator. In this temporary role assisting MSU during office restructuring, Rebecca was responsible for MSU's institutional response to allegations of civil rights violations, including allegations of sexual misconduct. Rebecca developed and implemented compliant investigative procedures, trained Title IX staff, and supervised four civil rights investigators.
Rebecca’s current Title IX work spans the country, for both K-12 schools and post-secondary institutions. Rebecca provides external investigation services, Title IX compliance counseling, systems audits, and Title IX training to institutional staff. She has personally conducted or supervised hundreds of investigations of school-related sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and improper relationships. Educational institutions retain Rebecca to conduct investigations with the trust that she will always bring her high level of expertise, professionalism, fairness, and independence to the work.
Rebecca draws on this range of expertise in her current role teaching a course on Title IX at the University of Michigan Law School.
Rebecca has worked in both public and private settings. Prior to joining the prosecutor’s office, she taught as an adjunct professor at Indiana University and worked as a litigation attorney in both large and small law firms. She earned her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and her Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Women’s Studies from the George Washington University. Rebecca’s distinguished legal career began with a federal clerkship for the Honorable Harold H. Greene, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Pro Bono Commitment
Ann Arbor Public Schools Sexual Health Education Advisory Committee
Washtenaw Area Council for Children
Consultant on school-based child sexual abuse prevention program
Michigan Women’s Justice and Clemency Project
State Bar of Michigan Domestic Violence Committee
Appointed Member, 2014-2017
Monroe County (IN) Commission on the Status of Women
Appointed Commissioner, 2011-2013