Speaker Biographical Information

Carl Lehmann is a principal at Gray Plant Mooty in Minneapolis and chair of both its employment law practice group and higher education team. He has significant experience advising employers on personnel matters, drafting employment policies and agreements, and litigating employers' interests in both administrative and judicial proceedings. Carl has assisted employers on the full spectrum of employment law services, including terminations, discrimination and harassment issues, defamation claims, employment and independent contractor agreements, non-compete and confidentiality agreements, wage-hour compliance, voluntary and mandatory affirmative action policies, and insurance issues. Carl's practice includes representing several higher education institutions with various legal compliance issues. Mr. Lehmann graduated Phi Beta Kappa from St. Olaf College. He received his law degree cum laude from the University of Minnesota.
James. C. Pennington is a shareholder at Ogletree Deakins in Birmingham, Alabama and co-leader of the firm's education practice group. He has more than two decades of experience providing litigation defense, legal analysis, and day-to-day legal advice to private, religious and secular and public colleges and universities. His practice areas include Title VII, age discrimination, the Americans with Disabilities Act and section 504, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, and related state law tort claims, class actions, wage and hour disputes, employee benefits, Title IX complaints and individual and official capacity claims under 42 U.S.C. §§ 1983. Mr. Pennington devotes a large portion of his practice to counseling with employers on avoidance of labor and employment problems. He works with employers to develop preventive labor relations programs and assists clients in developing personnel policies, procedures and handbooks. Mr. Pennington frequently speaks to and trains human resources professionals and other managers on issues relating to employment. He received his undergraduate degree from Birmingham Southern College and his law degree from Vanderbilt University.
Wendy Tarlow serves as an Associate University Counsel in the Office of University Counsel at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She devotes her time to counseling university clients on a wide range of student and employment matters and defending Cornell in litigation. Prior to assuming her current position, she worked in the Office of Academic Programs and Campus Affairs at Cornell. Tarlow received her undergraduate degree in philosophy from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and her J.D. from Cornell University.