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What We Do
Higher Education Law

Our firm represents over 100 colleges and universities in both the private and public sector throughout the United States. Our clients range from large, public research institutions to community colleges and small, private liberal arts colleges. We have special expertise addressing the unique legal issues that arise for church and religious-affiliated institutions. We also have vast experience working with for-profit schools.

We provide legal assistance on matters including faculty and staff discipline and terminations, faculty tenure issues, implementing personnel and student policies including codes of conduct, employee and student disability issues, at-risk students, union organizing and collective bargaining, campus workforce reductions and reorganizations, executive employment agreements, and discrimination, campus violence and harassment matters. We regularly defend our higher education clients in legal matters including wrongful termination, tenure denial, discrimination, harassment and student-initiated litigation. We have experience dealing with accreditation matters, as well as working with government agencies including the U. S. Department of Education, the U. S. Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

We regularly oversee and conduct independent investigations involving allegations of faculty, staff and student misconduct. We routinely provide legal training to college and university administrators on a wide variety of legal issues involving employment law and student affairs. Our lawyers are active in higher education organizations such as the National Association of College and University Attorneys and CUPA-HR. One of our partners recently received NACUA’s Distinguished Service Award, that organization’s highest award for extraordinary service to higher education institutions. We regularly publish articles in higher education journals such as The Chronicle of Higher Education and CUPA-HR Journal. Our lawyers are asked to speak at national higher education conferences such as NACUA, CUPA-HR, National Association of College and University Business Officers, National Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities of the United Methodist Church, Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities Presidents Conference, Council of Independent Colleges, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Stetson University and the University of Vermont.