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Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy

Founded in 2004, the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy provides a unique resource for both attorneys and non-attorneys alike in advancing a better understanding of the ever-changing realm of higher education. As part of its goal in fostering better understanding of federal and state laws and regulations, the Center routinely puts on webinars targeted towards hot button issues. Past webinars have included "Pay to Play: Student-Athletes as Employees", and "Clearing the Haze: Marijuana on Campus". The keystone event for the Center is the annual National Conference on Higher Education Law and Policy held every February in Florida.

The Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy's mission is to advance the field of higher education law and policy by

  • conducting quality research and producing outstanding scholarship in the area of higher education law and policy;
  • presenting interdisciplinary conferences and special programs in areas affecting higher education law and policy;
  • forging productive relationships with other organizations devoted to the advancement of law and higher education both within the United States and throughout the world.

Upcoming Webinars:


The New Student Athlete: A Conversation With Scott Bearby Regarding Alston

October 14, 2021
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. ET

Speaker: Scott Bearby, Interim Senior Vice President and General Counsel, NCAA  

In June of 2021, the Supreme Court issued its ruling in the landmark case, NCAA v. Alston, determining the parameters by which the NCAA may set education-related benefits and clarifying the applicability of federal antitrust law to NCAA rule-making. Those using the courts to challenge NCAA rule-making are expected to rely on the Alston decision to shape their arguments. 

Scott Bearby, General Counsel to the NCAA, will discuss governance post- Alston, including the NCAA interim name/image/likeness policy, and how each institution might assess the impact of the ruling on their athletic departments. Drawing on over 20 years of experience with the NCAA, Mr. Bearby will also provide information and considerations on other current hot-button issues, such as gender equity issues in athletics, and what to expect concerning NCAA events and championships during COVID-19. 




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