Candace McLaren Lanham is an investigator, litigator and compliance professional who assists clients facing regulatory scrutiny, particularly under Titles VI and VII, Title IX, the Clery Act, and in civil white collar enforcement actions. Drawing on a nearly 25-year legal career, Candace provides proactive consultation, risk management advice, and in-house training to colleges, universities, and independent K-12 schools, as well as to companies and individuals employed in highly regulated industries. When these clients face claims, she also leads investigations, analyzes risk, and, when necessary, defends targets through investigations and in litigation.
Candace’s understanding of the impact of governmental scrutiny on educational institutions comes, in part, from her role as the Director of the U.S. Department of Education's Clery Act Compliance Division.
As the nation's top Clery Act compliance officer, Candace directed and monitored the implementation of and adherence to related policies and procedures through a nationwide compliance program. Similarly, during her seven years as director of the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Special Investigations, Candace directed and supervised investigations into allegations of fraud, theft, physical and verbal abuse of students, and other forms of misconduct lodged against public school employees.
Candace also brings an in-house perspective to her work, having served as the assistant vice president of investigative services for New York University's Department of Public Safety. As such, she worked with members of the FBI, the NYPD, and the university’s Public Safety staff to oversee and/or conduct investigations into allegations of misconduct and/or criminality; conducted trainings for faculty and campus safety officers; and supervised the Special Victims Liaison.
And as a street crimes, sex crimes, and homicide prosecutor with the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, Candace investigated, secured grand jury indictments for, and settled or tried hundreds of cases. In doing so, she conducted interviews of victims and witnesses; prepared civilians and members of the NYPD to testify; interviewed defendants upon arrest and in proffer sessions; and negotiated plea bargains.