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2nd Annual Higher Education Law Summit: Hot Topics for Colleges and Universities

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October 24, 2017
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM EST
American University, Constitution Hall
3501 Nebraska Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016



Join Jackson Lewis and your higher education colleagues from across the country for a full day of educational sessions addressing the myriad of legal issues facing colleges and universities.


7:30 am– 8:30 amBreakfast and registration

8:30 am – 9:30 amPlenary Session: Managing Campus Unrest
Speakers: Weldon Latham and Roscoe Roberts, the General Counsel, University of Virginia
Recent events have caused colleges and universities to examine race relations on campus. This session will examine strategies for maintaining an inclusive and safe learning environment for all students and faculty. 

9:30 am – 10:30 am – Plenary Session: Pay Equity Issues in Higher Education
Speakers: Stacey Bastone and Dan Duff
This session will address equal pay issues unique to higher education, including federal and state equal pay regulations, pay considerations, and best practices to consider a pay equity analysis.

10:30 am -10:45 am – Break

10:45 am -11:45 am – Plenary Session: Best Practices Learned From Tenure Cases Tried to Jury
Speaker: Monica Khetarpal
Not everyone is awarded tenure. After spending the better part of a decade preparing for the seminal point in their careers, professors are often upset – and litigious – when they find out they will not be awarded tenure. In this session our attorneys will discuss two jury trials involving denial of tenure cases which were litigated this year, providing lessons learned with respect to litigation and managing the tenure process.

11:45 am – 1:00 pm – Keynote/Lunch: Title IX Update: Lessons Learned and Predictions
Speakers: Susan Friedfel and Tracy McPherson, Senior Claims Counsel, United Educators
The current state of Title IX is in flux. With the administration’s evolving take on Title IX, this session will review lessons learned from recent case law and resolution agreements and discuss the potential for new guidance in the future. 

1:00 pm-1:10 pm – Break

1:10 pm– 2:10 pm – Breakout 1: Managing Risks Associated with Greek Life Organizations on Campus

Speakers: Bethany Wagner and Marla Presley
Student organizations provide many benefits for students on campus. With that comes a great deal of risk for the sponsoring university. Speakers in this session will discuss lessons learned from current litigation and effective ways to minimize risks. 

1:10 pm – 2:10 pm – Breakout 2: Dealing with Faculty Disabilities
Speaker : Teresa Burke Wright
Presenters will discuss when and how colleges and universities must engage in the interactive process, handling performance problems when a faculty member seeks an accommodation, and navigating the intersection of ADA/504, faculty tenure, and contract rights. 

2:15 pm– 3:15 pm – Breakout 1: Faculty and Graduate Student Organizing and Bargaining
Speakers: Mike Bertoncini and Bob Morsilli
This session will address issues raised by organizing and collective bargaining among graduate students, adjunct faculty, and non-tenure track faculty, including the future of Columbia University and graduate student organizing. Presenters will also discuss strategies for facilitating faculty and administrator engagement on issues of concern to graduate students and adjunct faculty, lessons learned from recent graduate student and adjunct faculty organizing campaigns, institutional rights and responsibilities when addressing organizing efforts, and strategies for negotiating collective bargaining agreements.

2:15 pm– 3:15 pm – Breakout 2: The State of Transgender Issues on Campus
Speaker:  Michelle Phillips
Despite the rescission of the May 2016 Dear Colleague Letter, transgender issues remain on campus. During this session, presenters we will discuss latest developments in transgender litigation, the state of current law/guidance, and practical implications for your locker rooms, restrooms, housing, and records.

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm – Breakout 3: Hot Button Benefits Issues: What You Can do Today to Avoid Litigation Tomorrow
Speaker: Rene Thorne
In this session, among other things, we’ll cover:

  • The status of the 403(b) ERISA class actions and how to minimize your risk
  • What you need to know about the upcoming changes to the disability regulations regarding claims handling
  • The status of the changes to the fiduciary rule and fiduciary Governance and Training

3:20 pm– 5:30 pm – Wrap up and Reception

Courtyard by Marriott Chevy Chase offers a discounted rate of $219/night for American University guests. Guests can call the reservationist directly at (301) 828-3364 ext. 7000 and ask for the American University rate.

Contact Us for More Information

Please contact Ramlah Bari at or 703-483-8377.