Professional Services and Background
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Robin Oaks has years of experience conducting workplace related investigations throughout California. Since 1997 she has exclusively focused her practice on conducting workplace investigations and conflict resolution facilitation specializing in discrimination and complex sexual harassment complaints. She has special expertise in conducting investigations in academic institutions and public entities.
Ms. Oaks has also developed discrimination prevention and investigation training that is highly recommended by institutions and agencies state-wide. She provides legally mandated sexual harassment prevention training for supervisors (AB 1825). She has experience litigating employment and education disputes, and has contributed to national publications on sexual harassment and workplace investigations.
She was the judicial law clerk for Judge John Garrett Penn, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, who adjudicated Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson, the landmark case where the doctrine of “sexual harassment hostile environment” was first recognized. She brings her skills as a mediator, teacher, and cross-cultural trainer to her current investigation practice. She offers cost-effective investigations and training, with unique expertise and sensitivity for the legal and human considerations related to handling workplace conflicts.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, she worked as a public teacher at both the primary and secondary grade levels. She has taught as an adjunct professor at Santa Barbara College of Law. Her accomplishments include the following:
- Authored a textbook chapter entitled “Cross Cultural Issues and Influences of Sexual Harassment” in a nationally recognized book entitled Sexual Harassment on Campus published by Allyn & Bacon;
- Worked as a judicial law clerk for The Honorable John Garrett Penn, United States District Court for the District of Columbia, who adjudicated Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson, the landmark case where the Supreme Court first recognized the doctrine of “sexual harassment hostile environment”;
- Developed a curriculum for and provided training as coordinator for the University of California at Santa Barbara, Sexual Harassment Prevention program;
- Authored the chapter on investigations in the Educator’s Guide to Controlling Sexual Harassment, published by Thompson Publishing Group.
- Presenter for County Counsel conference on the topic of investigating sexual harassment complaints.
- Contributed to the publication by Thompson Publishing Group, Investigating Sexual Harassment Complaints.
- Presented investigation training, articles, and conferences for attorneys and administrators working with schools, corporations, and public entities throughout California.