Speaker Biographical Information
Jeffrey J. Nolan is a partner with Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, P.C. in Burlington, Vermont. Mr. Nolan's practice focuses on representing and advising institutions of higher education with respect to student-related matters and compliance issues unique to higher education, representing and advising institutions of higher education and other employers with respect to employment law issues, and advising institutions of higher education and other employers regarding the development and implementation of appropriate policies, handbooks and legal issues training programs. Mr. Nolan is also a Senior Consultant to Sigma Threat Management Associates), and he collaborates often with Margolis, Healy & Associates on projects involving the legal aspects of campus safety and security issues. Mr. Nolan often speaks at national, regional and local-audience seminars and advises clients around the United States on legal issues related to student affairs and employment, sexual violence prevention and response, threat assessment and management, students with disabilities-related issues, and campus safety and security. Mr. Nolan is listed in Chambers & Partners America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Labor and Employment Law, in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Labor and Employment Law, and in New England Super Lawyers in the area of Employment and Labor Law.
Megan Norris is a senior principal and managing director with the law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C. in Detroit, Michigan and is chair of the firm's Labor and Employment Law Group. Ms. Norris has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America; Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Labor & Employment; International Who's Who Legal; LawDragon 500, New Stars, New Worlds; and Michigan Super Lawyers (Labor & Employment and Top 50 Women Lawyers). She frequently speaks nationally on the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans With Disabilities Act for organizations such as the National Employment Law Institute and NACUA. Ms. Norris is a past president of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association and the Council for the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. She currently serves on the Labor Advisory Board for the Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education and the Advisory Board for the National Employment Law Institute. Megan is the current President of the Alumni Association and a former member of the Board of Trustees for Wesleyan University.
Harold W. Potter, Jr. is a partner in the Boston office of Holland & Knight LLP and a member of the firm's national Education Team. Mr. Potter has had extensive experience in advising and representing colleges and secondary schools on a wide range of issues including student discipline, Title IX issues, catastrophic personal injury and abuse claims, accommodations for food allergies, campus security, OCR investigations, DOJ investigations, faculty and student handbooks, and governance issues. Mr. Potter was counsel to Lesley University in the DOJ/Food Allergy case settled December, 2012, and was counsel to Holy Cross in the Title IX case decided by Judge Casper of the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, on September 30, 2013. He has written several articles on topics of interest to colleges. Most recently, Mr. Potter is co-author of Chapter 15, Campus Safety and Security, in the MCLE publication on college and university law. Mr. Potter is a member of NACUA and was a longstanding member of the Board of Trustees of Lawrence Academy. Mr. Potter has been honored as one of the Best Lawyers in America for Education Law, Boston's Best Lawyers and Massachusetts Super Lawyers. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Albany Law School, cum laude.
Susan L. Wheeler is University Counsel and Special Assistant Attorney General for James Madison University in Virginia. Ms. Wheeler has presented at various higher education law conferences, including those sponsored by the NACUA, the Stetson University College of Law's Annual Conference on Law and Higher Education, the Texas Association of State University Attorneys, the University of Houston's Institute of Higher Education Law and Governance, and the University of North Texas's Higher Education Law Conference. She has served on numerous NACUA committees, and as a member of the Board of Directors of NACUA. She previously served as Policy & Legal Affairs Advisor at James Madison University, and as Associate General Counsel, University Counsel, and Interim General Counsel at the University of Houston System, as a briefing attorney and research attorney for the First Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas, and as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Law School, and is licensed in Texas and Virginia.