39th Annual National Conference on Law and Higher Education

Eve of Disruption. Courageously Meeting Higher Education's Challenges in Times of Transition.

Registration Now Open

Feb. 1-5, 2018
Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach
Clearwater, Florida

A Letter from the Conference Chair

Dear Colleagues,

I am very excited about our return to Clearwater Beach! Join us at our new home, the just minted Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach, February 1st—5th, 2018 for our 39th Annual National Conference on Law and Higher Education.

This year’s theme is Eve of Disruption. Courageously Meeting Higher Education's Challenges in Times of Transition. Let us help you prepare for, and manage, what may well be one of the most disruptive periods in higher education since the 1960s. This year we will focus heavily on identifying and responding to the profusion of influences affecting American higher education today. The law and policy challenges for our institutions include preparing for and responding to protests and activism, “fake” news, hazing and sexual violence, criminal prosecutions, funding and enrollment challenges, student debt management, new federal and state legislation, free speech bills, and litigation and compliance mandates. Disruptive forces come from every direction these days, from across the political spectrum.

Is it possible, as some are predicting, that a significant number of institutions will fail in the next decade? Can our core missions survive and thrive in the face of the forces of disruption? How will institutions manage increasing, and increasingly divisive, demands for accountability? Will funding and applicant pools run dry? Can we remain focused on the delivery of our core missions in the context of a deeply divided society, or will we become ‘academic referees’ instead of educators?

Come together with the nation’s leading higher education scholars, thinkers, leaders and practitioners to work through the law and policy challenges and opportunities facing American higher education, today and tomorrow.

To help you with your planning we are already able to share that this year’s conference will feature sessions on the following topics, inter alia:

Title IX;
Disability Law;
Greek Life;
Constitutional Law and Free Expression;
FERPA;
The New Administration’s Impact on Higher Education Law and Policy;
Litigation Update, featuring Adam Jussel;

Watch our website and our newly launched social media sites (Linkedin Facebook Twitter) for updates as we add sessions, speakers, and content. Of course, as always, we will offer our popular Boot Camp: Higher Education Law and Policy Foundations and the futurist oriented Crystal Ball session, where leading experts make bold predictions for what lies ahead.

For almost 40 years our National Conference on Law and Higher Education has prepared you for what lies ahead. We are Stetson, the gold standard in interdisciplinary higher education training. See you at the beach!

Sincerely,

Peter F. Lake
Professor of Law, Charles A. Dana Chair, and Director
Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law & Policy
Stetson University College of Law

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Conference Leadership

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Conference Chair:
Peter F. Lake
Charles A. Dana Chair, Stetson University College of Law
Director, Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy

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Director, Office of Professional Education:
Mercy Roberg