Coronavirus on Campus: Legal and Operational Considerations

Speaker Biographies

Monica BarrettMonica Barrettis a member of Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC’s New York City office, and provides legal advice and counsel to colleges and universities in all aspects of higher education law. Monica began her legal career in higher education at Cornell University and later worked at Barnard College, the State University of New York, and Rutgers University. Immediately prior to joining Bond, Monica held the position of Interim Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Rutgers where she was involved with the legal issues relating to the governing boards, faculty and staff employment, athletics, student affairs, campus safety, collective bargaining relationships and overseeing all litigation. In her career as in-house counsel and in private practice, she has managed and/or conducted dozens of investigations involving employment equity, workplace violence, and sexual assault. Monica has been actively involved in NACUA over the years through service on committees and presentations on cyber-bullying, sexual harassment, psychiatric disabilities and the ADA, and faculty and staff discipline. She served on the NACUA Board of Directors from 2012 through 2015. Monica holds a B.A., cum laude, from Wellesley College and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.


Devin Jopp

Devin Jopp, Ed.D. serves as the Chief Executive Officer for American College Health Association, the principal leadership organization for advancing the health of our nation’s 20 million college students and their campus communities through advocacy, education, and research.

Prior, Dr. Jopp served as the President and Chief Executive Officer for the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI); a national nonprofit advisor to the Secretary of HHS whose members represent a cross-section of the American healthcare system dedicated to enhancing the exchange of healthcare information in order to increase efficiency, improve quality and reduce cost.

Before joining WEDI, Dr. Jopp served as Chief Operating Officer for SCORE, a leading national nonprofit organization that provides business mentoring and training to over 400,000 American entrepreneurs per year.

Earlier in his career, Dr. Jopp served as Chief Administrative Officer at URAC, an independent, nonprofit healthcare accreditation organization and also served as the Chief Operating Officer of Business Programs and Chief Information Officer for the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA).

Dr. Jopp holds a bachelors of arts (B.A.) in computer information systems from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, a masters of science (M.S.) in computer and information sciences from Hood College and a doctorate of education (Ed.D.) from George Washington University’s executive leadership program in human and organizational learning.

Alejandro MayorkasAlejandro Mayorkas represents clients in civil litigation and internal investigations, and augments the firm's formidable strengths in strategic counseling, crisis management and national security, with a particular focus on cybersecurity. He represents companies throughout the world in their most challenging and high-stakes matters, and he leads WilmerHale's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force.

Before joining WilmerHale, Mr. Mayorkas served as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, where he managed some of the most complex and critical responsibilities of government, including preventing and responding to terrorist attacks on US soil, responding to international Zika virus and Ebola outbreaks, enhancing both the government's and the private sector's cybersecurity, enforcing the nation's immigration laws, facilitating lawful trade and travel, and helping stricken communities recover from disasters. For his service as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, Mr. Mayorkas received the Department's Distinguished Service Award, its highest civilian honor; the US Coast Guard's Distinguished Service Award; a special commendation from the National Security Agency for his achievements in national security and, specifically, cybersecurity; and numerous additional awards and commendations.

As Deputy Secretary, Mr. Mayorkas was the Obama Administration's highest ranking Cuban American and was named to Latino Leaders' list of the nation's most influential Latinos. In 2008, The National Law Journal recognized him as one of the “50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America.”

Prior to becoming Deputy Secretary, Mr. Mayorkas served as Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, the federal agency that administers the largest legal immigration system in the world. There, he realigned the agency's organizational structure, including the creation of the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate to more effectively prioritize the agency's national security responsibilities. He also implemented a series of transformative initiatives, including the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA), the Citizenship Awareness Initiative, and the Entrepreneurs in Residence program. Prior to leading the agency, Mr. Mayorkas led the US Department of Justice Criminal Division's Transition Team for President-Elect Barack Obama. 

From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Mayorkas served as the US Attorney for the Central District of California, where he oversaw prosecutions of national significance, including the investigation and prosecution of financial fraud, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), public corruption, cybercrime, international money laundering, and immigration fraud. He was the youngest US Attorney in the nation, and he was promoted to the Senate-confirmed position after having served for nearly nine years as an Assistant US Attorney.

From 1989 to 1998, Mr. Mayorkas served as an Assistant US Attorney specializing in the prosecution of white collar crime. He tried numerous criminal and civil cases to a jury, including Operation Polarcap, which was then the largest money laundering case in the nation. From 1996 to his appointment as US Attorney in 1998, he served as the Chief of the General Crimes Section, where he trained all incoming Assistant US Attorneys in the investigation and trial of criminal cases.

After leaving the US Attorney's Office, Mr. Mayorkas developed a civil litigation and internal investigations practice representing a wide range of corporate clients across the country. 

He has defended Fortune 100 companies in complex federal investigations, including those that have involved parallel civil and congressional proceedings. He has tried sensitive and high-stakes civil cases, and he has counseled corporations through their most significant crises.

Mr. Mayorkas practices from WilmerHale’s Los Angeles and Washington DC offices.

Robin Parker

Robin L. Parker is the General Counsel of Miami University in Oxford, OH, where she has served since 1994. She is responsible for coordinating and supervising all legal matters involving the University, the Board of Trustees, and officers and employees acting on behalf of the University. Prior to joining Miami University, Robin was a principal of the firm Martin, Pergram, Browning and Parker, Co., L.P.A. A member of NACUA since 1995, Robin served on the NACUA Board of Directors from 2012-2015. She has also served on the Committee on Program for the Annual Conference, the Advisory Group on Compliance Initiatives, and the Task Force on Review of the Annual Conference. Robin received a B.S. in Education in 1979 from The Ohio State University and a J.D. in 1982 from the University of Tennessee.