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2009 National Conference on Law and Higher Education, Feb. 21-24

The 30th Annual National Conference on Law and Higher Education will be held Feb. 21-24, 2009, at the Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando, Fla. The schedule includes two pre-conference workshops on Saturday, February 21, and a post-conference workshop on Tuesday, February 24.

The National Conference on Law and Higher Education is sponsored by Stetson University College of Law and NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

A Commitment to Interdisciplinary Professional Development

co_chairs_photoFor almost 30 years, Stetson University has served as a leader in the field of higher education law and policy. When the National Conference debuted, it was unique because it focused on the interdisciplinary dialogue among a wide variety of higher education professionals, including attorneys, university presidents, provosts, deans, student affairs leaders, risk managers, insurance industry representatives, and many others. Although the Conference has evolved over time, our commitment remains the same: to provide an opportunity for in-depth, interdisciplinary discussion of the most important legal issues facing higher education today, and in the future.

As you review this year's agenda, you will notice some changes. First, we have moved the Conference to Orlando. We have made this move for a variety of reasons, including seeking a host hotel that can accommodate all of our attendees and that will provide enhanced services and facilities, such as several dining options, all-suite rooms, a two-story fitness center, and a magnificent pool. We also hope the Orlando location will provide you with additional evening options, should you want them, and more direct flights.

Second, we have altered the Conference schedule a bit to respond to past attendees' feedback. We will offer two pre-Conference workshops on Saturday (one full-day and one half-day) and a special event open to all participants on Saturday evening. Sunday morning will start with two sets of concurrent sessions, and the Plenary Session will begin, as is traditional, on Sunday afternoon. A fabulous dinner will follow Sunday evening. Concurrent sessions will run all day Monday and until noon on Tuesday. The post-Conference workshop will be held Tuesday afternoon, to allow for Tuesday night or early Wednesday flights home. Third, the New General Counsel Lunch was so successful last year that we have opened it to all General Counsel. Finally, we are planning to host a Conference Bookstore that will allow you to purchase books written by our speakers.

What we have retained are strong interdisciplinary programs with expert panelists who will explore cutting-edge as well as time-tested topics. We also have retained time for informal networking, and we are repeating some of last year's more popular features, including Movie Night and the free consultation sessions, which allow attendees to schedule private time with speakers.

For past Conference attendees, we appreciate your continued confidence and support and look forward to celebrating our Pearl Anniversary with you. For those who have not had the opportunity to attend, we urge you to participate and learn why the National Conference has been internationally recognized for excellence and effectiveness. We look forward to seeing you in February.

Darby Dickerson and Peter F. Lake
Conference Co-Chairs

Keynote Speaker

jean_twenge_photoDr. Jean Twenge, author of Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled-and More Miserable Than Ever Before, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University and the author of more than 40 scientific journal articles and book chapters. She earned her bachelor's degree in sociology and psychology, and master's degree in social sciences from the University of Chicago, and her Ph.D. in personality psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She completed postdoctoral studies in social psychology at Case Western Reserve University.

She frequently gives talks and seminars on teaching and working with today's young generation based on a data set of 1.3 million young people. Her audiences have included college faculty, high school teachers, education administrators, and corporate executives. Her research has appeared in Time, Newsweek, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, and The Washington Post, and she has been featured on Today, NBC Nightly News, Fox and Friends, Dateline NBC, National Public Radio's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Day to Day, in addition to numerous talk radio and local TV appearances.