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An Advanced Title IX Webinar - Succeeding in Difficult Interviews: An Expert Approach

Succeeding in Difficult Interviews: An Expert Approach

Course Description

As a private investigator, Keith Rohman has spent decades investigating complex, high-level cases, which included hundreds of challenging and emotional interviews with witnesses from varied backgrounds and cultures. These interviewees have included survivors of torture at the Abu Ghraib prison, inmates on death row, elected officials or corporate executives accused of criminal misconduct, and students or employees with disturbing accounts of sexual harassment or discrimination on campuses and in the workplace.

In this advanced webinar, Keith brings his wide range of experience to a discussion of:
  • Interviewing across the divides: race, gender, class, and others
  • Dealing with confrontational witnesses, parties, or advisors
  • Trauma: witnesses’ and yours
  • Reading the room and reacting
  • Keeping yourself out of the frame and leaving only a few footprints
  • Working with interpreters
  • The most difficult interview: Following-up with the Title IX complainant

Keith Rohman is the founder and president of Public Interest Investigations, Inc., in Los Angeles, a legal investigations firm that has served educational institutions, public-sector employers, corporations, and the legal community since 1984. He has worked as an investigator in both the public and private sectors for more than 30 years. During his career, Keith has been involved in numerous high-profile cases, including investigations involving the torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib; the role of Blackwater, Inc., in the mass shooting of Iraqi citizens; the Rodney King case; and the enslavement of dozens of Thai workers in an El Monte, California, sweatshop. Keith has also conducted investigations in death penalty cases in California, Utah, Alaska, Arizona, and Washington.
On campuses, Keith has investigated allegations of rape and other sexual assaults under Title IX at several Southern California campuses. He was the principal investigator for attorneys in landmark litigation filed on behalf of service women and men sexually assaulted in the U.S. military. In the workplace, Keith has conducted third-party investigations into allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault, discrimination, and retaliation for private- and public-sector employers, including school districts and universities. Keith is the past President of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI), a professional membership association for attorneys, human resource professionals, private investigators, and others who conduct or manage workplace investigations. Additionally, Keith is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, where he teaches fact investigation. Previously, he was appointed by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors to the Equity Oversight Panel (EOP) of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, a civilian oversight board that oversees Internal Affairs investigations. Keith has appeared as a guest on “CNN” and “Good Morning, America” and has been quoted in The New Yorker, Newsweek, and the Los Angeles Times. His articles have appeared in the Cardozo Law Review (Keith Rohman, Diagnosing and Analyzing Flawed Investigations: Abu Ghraib as a Case Study, 2009 Cardozo L. Rev. de novo 96), Los Angeles Daily Journal and the Daily News.

While this webinar focuses on Title IX interviews, it will benefit anyone who conducts interviews in their professional lives.
1 Hour
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