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Schedule- National Conference on Law and Higher Education

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Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018

Welcome Networking Session
5-7:00 p.m. "Eskpades" Wyndham Grand Lobby
Arrive, check in then come meet the Higher Education Conference Staff, fellow colleagues and friends.

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018

Registration Open 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Dunes Foyer

Breakfast 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Dunes Foyer

Boot Camp: Higher Education Law and Policy Foundations
Peter F. Lake, Oren Griffin
Location: Pelican
9:00-11:45, Lunch on your Own, 1:30-4:00 p.m.  

This one-day boot camp focuses on the fundamentals of higher education law and policy. The presenters will not focus on “hot” topics or recent trends. This workshop is geared toward non-lawyers and will feature lectures, drills, problem analysis, and close with a question-and-answer segment — all designed to improve your understanding of basic principles of higher education law and policy. Come ready to learn about:

• The law of campus safety;
• Core civil rights of students and employees;
• Regulatory law and policy;
• Governance in higher education;
• Fundamentals of employment law;
• How to work with lawyers, the legal system and legal materials;
• And more!

CLERY Compliance
S. Daniel Carter, Jonathan Kassa
Location: Dunes IV & V
9:00-11:45 a.m.

Join two experts in the field on CLERY compliance, as they talk about upcoming legislative changes, and developing policies to properly implement it.

S. Daniel Carter will talk with you about the latest developments in Congress to update CLERY as part of the Higher Education Act reauthorization (PROSPER Act, CASA, etc…).

Lunch on Your Own

Boot Camp: Higher Education Law and Policy Foundations
Peter F. Lake, Oren Griffin, Kimberley Timpf
Location: Pelican
1:30-4:00 p.m.

Continued from the morning session.

Intellectual Property on Campus and FERPA Compliance
Jacob Rooksby
Location: Dunes IV & V
1:30-4:00 p.m.
Perfect for newcomers to higher education and old pros alike, this session will start with a review of the basic legal precepts behind FERPA, higher education’s most misunderstood law. Next, participants will work in small groups to discuss the law as applied in real-life scenarios, taken from actual cases that were litigated in the past year. You play decision-maker as you test your knowledge against real facts!

Book Discussion and Networking Session
Vanessa M. Grigoriadis
Location: Pelican & Heron
4:00-6:00 p.m.
Join us for a book talk on Vanessa M. Grigoriadis’ newest book, Blurred Lines. Vanessa embedded at large and small universities across the country and talked frankly to students about sex and sexual assault on campus. She also interviewed 80 administrators, parents, and professors to develop the fullest picture of this issue that has been composed to date. The book is available for purchase on Amazon.

Friday, Feb. 2, 2018

Registration Open 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Dunes Foyer

Breakfast 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Dunes Foyer

Title IX: Investigations
Eric Butler, Jennifer Hammat, Crystal Coombes, Debbie Osgood, Terraine Bailey
Location: Dunes IV & V
9:00-11:45 a.m.
Join this session to explore the latest issues in Title IX adjudication. This session will offer perspectives from presenters who work daily on Title IX investigations.


Campus Risk Management: Relevance or Obsolescence?
Jean Demchak & Luke Figora
Location: Pelican

9:00-11:45 a.m.
Managing risk on campus is not for the faint of heart. The past few years delivered unprecedented levels of anxiety around new and emerging risks in higher education across the U.S. Some of these emerging risks are challenging the current business model, how education is delivered and often, undermining the relevance of higher education as an industry. This session will provide an update on those new and emerging risks, review potential impact on campus, discuss best practices in managing these risks now and in the future. We will also discuss outdated thinking about managing risks on campus and how to enhance current techniques which will support your work in meeting those challenges.

Litigation Update: Part I
President David Armstrong, Adam Jussel, Beverly Ledbetter, Susan Wheeler
Location: Dunes I & II

9:00-11:45 a.m.
The speakers will cover significant cases, regulations, and legal trends that have shaped the last year, and will continue to impact the work for university administrators, their counsel, and their communities. The session will highlight risk management, free speech, disability law, Title IX and student conduct administration, state and federal legislation, Supreme Court cases, and a view from the President’s desk.

Keynote Lunch President John R. Kroger
Location: Dunes III
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Keynote Speech by Reed College President, John R. Kroger.  Additionally, our Facilitator Award Recipient will be acknowledged during this session.

Title IX: Impacts and Policy
Eric Butler, Jennifer Hammat, Crystal Coombes, Debbie Osgood, Terraine Bailey
Location: Dunes IV & V

1:30-4:00 p.m.
Join this team of experts as they walk you through Title IX policies pertaining to prevention and education, and the impact that they have on campus climate. This group will offer a variety of perspectives that will help any new or seasoned employee.


Litigation Update: Part II
President David Armstrong, Adam Jussel, Beverly Ledbetter, Susan Wheeler, Jean Demchak
Location: Dunes I & II
1:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Continued from the morning session.

Navigating Secular Regulations on a Religious Campus or as a Private Organization
Beth Stathos, Julie Valentine
Location: Pelican
1:30-4:00 p.m.

What do faith based institutions and Greek organizations have in common?
Answer: Core value systems which influence the navigation and implementation of regulations.
This session will explore the complexities that arise when regulations may seem to infringe on the religious or associational freedoms of faith based institutions and/or private student organizations. In addition, the presenters will discuss the importance of utilizing organizational core values to guide implementation of regulations.


Peter F. Lake The Four Corners of Title IX Regulatory Compliance Book Discussion and Networking Session
Location: Pelican & Heron
Book can be purchased at www.hierophantenterprises.com

4:00-6:00 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018

Registration Open 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Dunes Foyer

Breakfast 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Dunes Foyer

General Counsel Breakfast
Location: Egret

8:00-9:00 a.m.
Ticketed Event, more details to follow.

Disability Law
Laura Rothstein, James Kessler
Location: Pelican

9:00-11:45 a.m.
This presentation provides an overview of key issues and a focus on some of the most significant and important recent developments that should be given a high priority by higher education administrators and policymakers. It will emphasize the role that administrators responsible for facilitating or coordinating disability services on campus can play in ensuring that faculty members, staff members, and other administrators have the knowledge and tools to ensure access and also to avoid liability to the institution. Major changes in the Trump administration and Congress may signal changes that could affect disability discrimination issues on campus. These changes include changed regulatory guidance, reduced appropriations (including ripple effects from funding for veterans and vocational rehabilitation), and enforcement approaches. While repeal of the ADA is unlikely, regulatory activities might affect its impact. While many of the same issues discussed in previous presentations on this topic at Stetson will be addressed, the program will include recent cases and regulatory changes and potential changes. Topics receiving priority for coverage include accessible technology – particularly websites; animals on campus, mental health issues, health care professional programs, faculty issues, and accommodations and related documentation issues.


Inclusive Campus Policy: LGBTQIA
LB Hannahs, Courtney Cioffredi
Location: Sandpiper

9:00-11:45 a.m.

Join this panel session to discuss the who, what, where and whys of an inclusive campus. The session will draw participants in to discuss the best practices in 2017 and how you can prepare for a more inclusive campus in 2018.

Litigation Update: Part III
Jim Newberry, William Thro
Location: Dunes I & II

9:00-11:45 a.m.

This session will take you through a line of due process cases in higher education. You will not want to miss the current cases on this issue in higher education.

Keynote Lunch President E. Gordon Gee
Location: Dunes III

12:00-1:30 p.m.
Keynote Speech by University of West Virginia President, E. Gordon Gee.  Additional the William A. Kaplin Award Recipient will be acknowledged during this session.

Disability Law
Laura Rothstein, James Kessler, Eileen Berger, Taylor S. Parker
Location: Pelican
1:30-4:00 p.m.

Continued from the morning session.

International Challenges and Higher Education
Charles P. Rose, Roshni Thackurdeen, Elizabeth Brenner, Dr. Stephen Hargarten, Jonathan Kassa, Arturo R. Rios
Location: Sandpiper

1:30-4:00 p.m.

Inside the Beltway: Legislation and Regulation Update
Jonathan Tarnow, John R. Przypyszny
Location: Dunes I & II

1:30-4:00 p.m.
This session will review the major higher education regulatory and policy developments under the first year of the Trump Administration, including multiple negotiated rulemakings and shifts in sub-regulatory guidance. The session also will provide an overview of pending legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act of 1965, with a particular emphasis on changes affecting distance and competency-based education, institutional and program eligibility, accreditation, loan and grant program consolidation, repayment plans, and Title IX.

Crystal Ball Predictions: Moderated by The Chronicle for Higher Education's Liz McMillen
Location: Dunes III

4:00-6:00 p.m.
Join our panel for insights on what the future holds for higher education.  This not too serious, not too silly, pontificating about the next year decade and millennia, has a history of being remarkably accurate, although we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the predictions.

Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018

Registration Open 7:30 a.m. - 5: 00 p.m.
Dunes Foyer

Breakfast 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Dunes Foyer

A First Amendment Primer
William Thro, Ari Cohen, Bill Burger
Location: Dunes I & II

9:00-11:45 a.m.

These sessions are designed to educate attorneys and public university administrators alike about the prohibitions and requirements of the First Amendment Free Speech Clause.

Greek Life
Beth Stathos, Tim Burke
Location: Pelican

9:00-11:45 a.m.

Due Process in Title IX
Debbie Osgood, Jennifer Hammat
Location: IV & V

9:00-11:45 a.m.

Lunch on Your Own

Free Speech Isn't Free
William Thro, Paul Caruso, Gene Diesinger
Location: Dunes I & II

1:30-4:00 p.m.

Although public institutions have to comply with the prohibitions and requirements of the First Amendment Free Speech Clause, such compliance is often logistically difficult and financial burdensome. These sessions will focus on the logistical side of protests on campus, controversial speakers on campus and how to manage people, places and police.

Scholar's Roundtable
Neal Hutchens, KB Melear, Elizabeth Ashleigh Schuller Lee, Jacob Rooksby
Location: Pelican

1:30-4:00 p.m.

Employment Law
Joshua Bosin, Katrina Chapman, David O'Guinn
Location IV & V

1:30-4:00 p.m.

This employment law session is designed to provide attendees with practical information about key employment law and policy developments, as well as how institutions are likely to be affected this year. Topics will include an interactive discussion of how to recognize and address sexual harassment, the impact of recent media reports regarding sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement on campus, new developments in the treatment of sexual orientation under Title VII, and a review of how recent court decisions regarding laws legalizing marijuana may affect employment practices.

 

Monday Feb. 5, 2018

Registration Open
7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Pelican

Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Location: Pelican

Advanced Title IX Workshop
Gina Smith, Leslie Gomez
Location: Pelican
9:00-11:45 a.m.

--Times and events subject to change. This page will be updated regularly to reflect changes prior to the conference.--

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