Mathilda is an Associate based in the firm’s Boston office. Prior to joining Mintz Levin, Mathilda held two judicial clerkships. She also interned at the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights in Boston and served as an Education Pioneers fellow. In addition to her Boston College law degree, Mathilda holds a master's degree in sociology and education with a concentration in education policy from Teachers College, Columbia University.
On June 23, 2016, in its second time hearing Fisher v. University of Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the affirmative action admissions program at the University of Texas at Austin. The Court held that the program is lawful under the Equal Protection Clause because it is narrowly tailored to achieving concrete, compelling goals tied to the educational benefits flowing from student body diversity. The Court signaled that its holding was necessarily limited to the unique circumstances at UT, where only 25% of the first-year class is admitted under a framework considering race as one among many factors. Despite this limitation, under Fisher, higher education institutions may continue to use holistic, race-conscious admissions practices, so long as such practices are grounded in a reasoned determination that the educational value achieved from considering race as a factor cannot be achieved through other means. Continue Reading U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action Program at University of Texas
What is the responsibility of a public educational institution when it receives a public records request for material that it believes it must keep private under state and federal student records laws?
A recent decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) provides guidance for all levels of public educational institutions on how to resolve the tension between their competing obligations to protect students’ privacy while maintaining transparency as state actors. Continue Reading Settlement Agreements with Students Are Protected Student Records But Must Be Disclosed in Redacted Form Under Public Records Law, Says Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court