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- B.A., Amherst College, 2011
- magna cum laude
- J.D., Yale Law School 2017
- Hon. Nicholas G. Garaufis, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- Hon. Susan L. Carney, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
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- Ford Foundation Fellow, ACLU LGBT Project
- LGBT Director, Yale Civil Rights Project
- Reproductive Justice Fellow, Yale Law Information Society Project
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the Eastern District of New York
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Rachel Tuchman is an Associate at Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP.
Rachel was one of the original associates at Kaplan Hecker & Fink, and rejoins the firm after clerking for the Honorable Nicholas G. Garaufis of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York and the Honorable Susan L. Carney of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. At Kaplan Hecker & Fink, Rachel’s practice focuses on both commercial and public interest litigation at both the trial and appellate level. Rachel specializes in representing clients on significant and sensitive matters pertaining to gender discrimination and harassment in education and workplace settings.
Rachel has been the lead associate on advising a large media corporation on the creation and implementation of human resource policies to help ensure a fair and unbiased workplace and led the associate team on Kaplan Hecker & Fink’s representation of an Ivy League University in a Title IX lawsuit that successfully settled in mediation. Rachel has gained expertise in guiding organizations through internal investigations; developing internal and external communications strategies, including providing advice on publicity; reviewing compliance structures to identify other areas of risk; and revamping policies, procedures and practices to ensure that, to the extent applicable, issues that may have contributed to a crisis do not recur.
Rachel is also thrilled to work on significant public interest matters at Kaplan Hecker & Fink. Rachel has worked closely on the Charlottesville litigation and was the lead associate on a defamation lawsuit representing a woman sued by Brett Ratner, famed Hollywood producer, for speaking out and sharing her #MeToo story. Rachel also represented an individual sharing her #MeToo story about former New York Attorney General Schniederman. Through this work, Rachel was a key player in launching the national organization, Times Up, which, in part, helps fund litigation supporting individuals speaking up about sexual harassment and gender misconduct.
Before joining Kaplan Hecker & Fink, Rachel worked on a range of significant public interest litigation matters. As a legal fellow for the Campaign for Southern Equality, Rachel collaborated closely with Robbie Kaplan on groundbreaking LGBT litigation in the South. Rachel is a graduate of Yale Law School, where as a member of the Yale Veterans Legal Service Clinic, she argued in the Federal Circuit to advocate for sexual assault survivors in the military and represented a veterans group seeking to protect veterans against predatory for-profit colleges. Through fellowships with the ACLU and the Information Society Project, she crafted both constitutional and statutory arguments and has devoted significant energy to working on some of the most pressing challenges on the forefront of Title IX regulation and enforcement. Rachel has also completed cutting-edge legal research with thought leaders including Reva Siegel and Linda Greenhouse regarding advances in litigation on reproductive justice and LGBT rights. Rachel is a graduate of the Yale Law School and Amherst College. Prior to the law, she taught as a first grade teacher in New York City.