June 25 - 28, 2017


Sunday, June 25

WELCOME • 1:00 P.M. – 1:15 P.M.

Welcome & Opening Remarks — José Padilla, Vice President and General Counsel, DePaul University, Chair, NACUA Board of Directors

2016-2017 State of the Association Address — Kathleen Curry Santora, President and Chief Executive Officer, NACUA

Overview of the Annual Conference Program — Nancy Tribbensee, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Arizona Board of Regents; Chair-Elect, NACUA Board of Directors; and Chair, 2016-2017 Committee on Program for the Annual Conference


OPENING PLENARY • 1:15 P.M. – 2:30 P.M. sponsored by Pepper Hamilton LLP

The First Amendment in Higher Education: Protecting Free Expression and Preserving Inclusivity

In the aftermath of recent elections, institutions of higher education continue to confront unrest and increasingly polarized campuses at the same time they aspire to preserve both free and open expression and inclusivity.  At the heart of these challenges lay complicated questions about the First Amendment and the commitment to protecting free speech.  To help campus attorneys tackle these questions, we have assembled a range of viewpoints and perspectives on the First Amendment and free expression.  This provocative session will examine the challenges of protecting free speech on campus while promoting a safe and inclusive environment for all.

Tyner,Lee  Lee Tyner, Moderator, General Counsel, University of Mississippi 
 Travena,Byrd Traevena Byrd, Vice President for Legal Affairs and Human Resources and General Counsel, Towson University 
Greg Lukianoff, President and CEO, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education 
Penny Rue, Vice President for Campus Life, Wake Forest University 
Geoffrey Stone, Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Chicago 


Tuesday, June 27

FEATURED SESSION • 4:45 P.M. – 5:45 P.M.

A View from the New Administration

Thomas Wheeler, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Candice Jackson, Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, will address the Departments’ key priorities as they relate to higher education, as well as the anticipated approach to a variety of issues, including the ADA (e.g., website accessibility and threat-to-self), Title IX (specifically sexual misconduct), and regulations and subregulatory guidance. Mr. Wheeler’s and Ms. Jackson’s session will provide an opportunity to learn more about the Administration’s approach and positions on issues of importance to attendees and the larger higher education community.

Kathleen Curry Santora, Moderator, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Association of College and University Attorneys 
Candice Jackson, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education
Thomas E. Wheeler, II, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice