Melinda W. Grier served as NACUA's Director of Legal Resources. Previously, she consulted on issues related to higher education law and policy, advised institutions of higher education and other public employers through her firm Melinda Grier Consulting and as Of Counsel to Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP. Ms. Grier worked in higher education as an administrator and a lawyer for over thirty years, as General Counsel for the University of Oregon from 1998 to 2010 and before that as Chief Legal Officer, Affirmative Action and Compliance Office for the Oregon University System. In NACUA, she served as President, Treasurer and a member-at-large of the Board of Directors.
She received the NACUA Distinguished Service Award in 2009. In addition to her NACUA service, Ms. Grier is a frequent speaker on legal issues related to higher education law, ethics and civil rights. She authored a chapter titled "Risk Management and Liability Issues for Fraternal Organizations" in The Administration of Fraternal Organizations on American Campuses: A Pattern for the New Millennium by Dennis E. Gregory and Associates. She received her A.B. from Stanford University in political science and communications, her M.A. in political science from the University of Connecticut, and J.D. from the University of Oregon Law School.
Amy C. Foerster has been General Counsel at Bucknell University since January 2013. Prior to joining Bucknell, Amy was a partner with Saul Ewing LLP, where she was Co-Chair of the firm's Higher Education practice. In that capacity, Amy represented private and public colleges and universities across the country, serving as outside General Counsel for some and handling discrete projects for others. Prior to joining Saul Ewing, Amy served as Senior Deputy Attorney General with the Civil Litigation Section of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Office of Attorney General.
In this capacity, she defended Commonwealth agencies, including the State System of Higher Education, against lawsuits challenging the constitutionality and legality of their policies, programs and employment practices. Before joining the Office of Attorney General, Amy was with the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Office of Chief Counsel, where she served as primary counsel to the Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education, but also handled matters involving K-12 education. Amy received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Saint Mary's University of Winona, Minnesota, and her J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University.
Janet Judge is a litigation partner at Holland & Knight LLP, where she focuses her practice on employment, higher education, and intercollegiate sport law matters. She is listed in the Best Lawyers in America in the areas of employment and sports law. Janet is a member of the NCAA Commission to Combat Sexual Violence and the co-author of the NCAA’s Gender Equity manual. In addition to her law practice, Janet works with institutions and conferences to educate students, staff and faculty regarding prevention, intervention, and response.