December 8, 2016

Changes Ahead: Post-Election Briefing and Roundup of Key Legal Issues

Colleges and universities are grappling with the legal uncertainties that have resulted from a new presidential administration and Congress. What does this mean for existing statutes, regulations, subregulatory guidance, and executive orders?  Amidst this uncertainty, college and university attorneys and administrators are navigating challenging legal issues that also touch core aspects of college and university missions.

This webinar will provide a briefing on post-election transition issues and will explore some of the legal uncertainties that colleges and universities face, including:

  • Transition - the process and timeline for political appointments and policy implementation;
  • Campus climate and unrest issues;
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the legal implications of proposed “sanctuary” campuses;
  • Addressing sex-based discrimination and sexual misconduct; and
  • Other key legal issues that impact higher education.

The webinar is intended to highlight key issues and provide a factual basis, where one exists, for conversations between legal counsel and administrators across campus. It will offer briefings from a variety of speakers with expertise on multiple subjects. Rather than the regular question and answer period that is part of NACUA webinars, presenters will be provided with questions submitted in advance from participants. The webinar is designed to provide information that can help campuses navigate the post-election environment and respond in a reasoned and legal manner.

This webinar will be of interest to campus counsel, senior leadership, and other university employees who are working on key legal issues that are part of the program.  This is a valuable opportunity for university attorneys, senior administrators, and other campus employees to convene in a single location for a briefing on the issues and post-webinar conversation about how each campus can understand and address these issues moving forward.  In addition to employees of NACUA member institutions, members of cooperating associations are also invited to attend this webinar.


Program Schedule

12:00 P.M. ET

I. Welcome, Introduction of Speakers, & Agenda

II. Presidential and Congressional Transition: Process, Timeline, Anticipated Activity

III. Campus Climate and Unrest Issues

IV. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the Legal Implications of Proposed Sanctuary Campuses 

V. Addressing Sex-Based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct

VI. Other Key Legal Issues that Impact Higher Education

VII. Pre-Submitted Questions (Time Permitting)

2:00 P.M. ET

VIII. Conclusion


Monica Barrett

Monica Barrett

Monica Barrett is a member of Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC’s New York office, and provides legal advice and counsel to colleges and universities in all aspects of...

Dan Berger

Dan Berger

Dan Berger is a partner at the Northampton, MA immigration law firm of Curran & Berger, and a frequent speaker, editor and writer on immigration ...

Traevena Byrd

Travena Byrd

Traevena Byrd is a graduate of the University of Iowa, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in African American World Studies with honors in 1994 and her...

Terry Hartle

Terry Hartle

Terry W. Hartle is one of America’s most effective and experienced advocates for higher education. At ACE, where he has served ...

Elizabeth Meers

Elizabeth Meers

Elizabeth Meers is a partner in the education practice at Hogan Lovells and served as Practice Area Leader from 2004 to 2014.  Elizabeth counsels ...

Dana Scaduto

Dana Scaduto

Dana Scaduto is General Counsel at Dickinson College. Before joining Dickinson in 2002, Dana was in private practice with the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania law firm of ...

Toby Smith

Lee Tyner

David Ware

Toby NEW

Tobin (Toby) Smith is Vice President for Policy at the Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization of 62 leading U.S. and Canadian  ...

Lee Tyner

Lee Tyner has served as University Attorney (general counsel) for The University of Mississippi since the summer of 2003. From 1998-2003 Mr. Tyner was Associate University ...

David Ware
David Ware has over 34 years experience in representing universities and their students, faculty, and staff, as well as companies and individuals ...


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