nacua_logo 2015 Annual Conference




The Court of Public Opinion: The Impact of 21st Century Media Coverage on the Practice of Law at College and University Campuses

SUNDAY,  JUNE 28,  1:00 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.

WELCOME • 1:00 P.M. – 1:15 P.M.

Welcome & Opening Remarks — Thomas Cline, Vice President and General Counsel, Northwestern University; 2014-2015 Chair, NACUA Board of Directors

2014-2015 State of the Association Address — Kathleen Curry Santora, President & Chief Executive Officer, NACUA

Overview of the Annual Conference Program — L. Lee Tyner Jr., General Counsel, University of Mississippi; Chair-Elect, NACUA Board of Directors; and Chair, 2014-2015 Committee on Program for the Annual Conference

OPENING PLENARY • 1:15 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.

sponsored by Husch Blackwell LLP

Jack Ford, an award-winning broadcast journalist and prominent trial attorney, will discuss the media and its often problematic coverage of high profile legal issues. He will examine the impact of social media, the 24-hour news cycle, and the increasing reliance on opinion as news on the practice of higher education law. Drawing on his current and former experience as CBS News Legal Analyst, NBC News Chief Legal Correspondent, and original anchor at the launch of Court TV, Mr. Ford will offer his advice and commentary on media best practices and potential pitfalls in the midst of high-profile legal issues on campus.



A Conversation with the Department of Education's Under Secretary

MONDAY,  JUNE 29,  8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M.


Please join us for a session featuring Ted Mitchell, Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education. Under Secretary Mitchell oversees the Department's policies and programs related to higher education and works to achieve President Obama's goal of having the "best educated most competitive workforce in the world." When he joined the Department in May 2014, Secretary Duncan described Under Secretary Mitchell's prior experience as a college president and administrator as making the Under Secretary "uniquely suited for this role." Mitchell served as President of Occidental College, vice chancellor and dean of the School of Education and Information at the University of California, Los Angeles, and professor and chair of the Department of Education at Dartmouth College.

Under Secretary Mitchell will discuss a broad range of topics including: sexual misconduct, the Department's proposed ratings system, Higher Education Act reauthorization, and other issues of interest and concern to NACUA members. He will also offer his thoughts on how the Department of Education and colleges and universities can work together collaboratively on the myriad issues facing higher education. NACUA members will have an opportunity to pose questions to the Under Secretary.

Kathleen Curry Santora, Moderator, President & Chief Executive Officer, NACUA

Ted Mitchell, Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education