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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 Webinar:

Higher Education and the Constitutionalist Court: The Supreme Court expands Liberty and Promotes Democratic Decision-Making
Presenter: William E. Thro, General Counsel at The University of Kentucky
August 17, 2022, 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET
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The 2021-22 U.S. Supreme Court term was among the most consequential in American history. Although everyone knows about the abortion decision, the Court also issued several landmark decisions. Specifically, it expanded liberties under the Free Speech Clause, the Free Exercise Clause, the Establishment Clause, and the Second Amendment and limited both Congress and the Executive Branch in ways that promote democratic decision-making. Althoughnone of these landmarks directly involved higher education, each of them has profound implications for higher education. Please join The Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law & Policy and William Thro, General Counsel at The University of Kentucky, on August 17thto explore these cases and the possible consequences for higher education.

The Webinar will address:

  • Carson v. Makin (Expansion of Religious Liberty)
  • Cummings v. Premier Rehab. (Availability of emotional distress damages under statutes imposing conditions on the receipt of federal funds)
  • Kennedy v. Bremerton School Dist. (Expansion of Religious Liberty)
  • NFIB v. OSHA (Limitation on federal government to impose public health measures)
  • New York state Rifle & Pistol Ass'n v. Bruen (Expansion of the right to bear arms)
  • Shurtleff v. Boston (government speech doctrine)
  • West Virginia v. EPA. (Limitation on Executive Branch's ability to broadly interpret a statute to justify a significant policy)

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